6 October 2011

Call for Papers: User-centred Health Informatics

A special issue of International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management

Modern healthcare systems are becoming increasingly complex and technology-dependent, with emerging trends incorporating advances in ubiquitous computing, intelligent systems, mobile technologies, knowledge engineering, data mining and enterprise information systems design in order to provide required levels of services.

 In addition to that, healthcare systems need to address usability and the decision support needs of a variety of patients – old, young and disabled – and other users, such as hospital clinicians and managers. There is therefore an increasing need for user-centred health informatics and approaches that seek to incorporate the experiences of patients, healthcare professionals, families and communities into the design of healthcare technologies.

 In order to address this challenge, conceptual and empirical work is needed to understand the influence of such factors as personal behaviour, patient demographics, clinical practice and organisational culture, geographical and social contexts of work and mobility on technology adoption for user-centred health informatics.

 Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  •  Modelling patient care and resources within a healthcare system
  •  Practice-based pervasive healthcare systems
  •  Intelligent e-health and context-aware medical decision support systems
  •  Cross-boundary decision support and knowledge management in e-health
  •  Data mining and knowledge discovery for patient-centred care
  •  Multi-level intervention models for health and well-being of children and young people
  •  Personalisation and adaptation of e-health information systems (including adaptive content, search and interface)
  •  Privacy and confidentiality issues for health-related user models
  •  Ontologies for user models for tailored healthcare delivery
  •  Technology adoption for e-health
  •  Culture-aware healthcare systems for e-health
  •  Design models and approaches for user-centred pervasive healthcare systems
Important Dates
Deadline for submission: 26 March, 2012
First reviews due: 30 April, 2012
Revised manuscripts due: 30 May, 2012
Final decision: 15 June, 2012

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