Call For PapersThe International Conference on Health Informatics(ICHI 2012)http://www.arab-health.org/ichi2012/Organized by:Center of Excellence for Healthcare Research, JordanIn Collaboration withDalhousie University, CanadaUniversity of Plymouth, UKIntroductionAdvances in medical and information technology are transforming medical care and treatment. Healthcare is increasingly aided by and dependent on information collected, stored, managed, interpreted and distributed by information technology. In the last two decades or so, health informatics is playing an ever-expanding role in the transformation of healthcare delivery. The purpose of the International Conference on Health Informatics (ICHI)is to explore and map the opportunities and challenges facing the growing health informatics sector. The conference explores and examines the role of information and communication technologies in reshaping the healthcare industry, improving healthcare delivery, reducing clinical risk; and modernizing healthcare facilities. The International Conference on Health Informatics (ICHI) is the main scientific event in medical, biomedical, and health informatics in the region. The conference aims to address the various aspects of health informatics. The conference will address issues such as telemedicine, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, confidentiality and data security, healthcare information systems, data integration and retrieval, data visualization and 3D reconstruction, decision support systems, dependability of information, devices and sensors, distributed healthcare systems, expert systems in healthcare, hospital management systems, human computer interaction, image and signal processing, knowledge acquisition tools, knowledge based systems, nursing informatics, online medical applications, and robotics and virtual reality. In addition, the conference will explore how socio economic aspects of information technology applications in a medical and healthcare context as well as related standards, social and legal issues. Attendees of ICHI 2012 will be at the conference and exhibition solely with the intention to gain knowledge and to network with the leading key players in the industry. ICHI 2012 brings together the health informatics community from across the globe. The conference aims to provide a forum to examine and discuss current practices and future directions related the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) to healthcare and medicine. The conference aims to provide the participants an occasion to share and exchange experiences and research findings, to stimulate more ideas and useful insights regarding the uses of information technology in healthcare, and to debate their views on future research and developments. The conference welcomes papers that address issues related to information technology and its applications in a medical and healthcare context. We invite a wide array of research approaches that address not only the practical and applied aspects of information technology in a medical and healthcare context, but also the social, economic and legislative aspects and consequences. All papers accepted for publication will be published in the conference proceedings, which will be available to delegates at the time of registration. The proceedings will be indexed by major international indexers.Topics of InterestWe invite participants to submit papers in all areas related to health informatics, and particularly work focusing on bridging the gap between theory and practice. The conferences welcome papers from participants from different backgrounds and countries. Papers may reflect on a wide spectrum of issues. Topics of interest include BUT are not limited to:• eHealth• Electronic Patient Records• Online medical applications • Telemedicine• Medical Informatics• Nursing Informatics• Dental Informatics• Bioinformatics• Confidentiality and Data Security• Interoperability• Therapeutic Systems and Technologies• e-Commerce in the Healthcare • Hospital Management Systems• Developing database systems and Datawarehousing• Datamining and its applications in healthcare sector• Decision Support Systems• Expert Systems in Healthcare• Cognitive Informatics• Human-Machine Interfaces • ICT for Cognitive Disabilities• Information technology for Aging and Disability• Socio-Economic Issues• Standards, Social and Legal Issues• Image and Signal processing• Robotics and Virtual Reality• Data integration and Retrieval• Artificial Intelligence• Healthcare Information and Management Systems• Knowledge-based systems• Biomedical Cognitive Science• Clinical Information Management• Computer Based Education and Training• Knowledge acquisition tools• Costs and benefits of electronic health systems• Information Support for Informed Decision-Making• Wireless And Mobile Technology • Health Screening Technology• Dependability Of Information In Health Informatics• Machine Learning Application In Healthcare• Modeling, Simulation And Risk Assessment• Data Visualization and 3D Reconstruction• Distributed Healthcare Systems • Artificial Neural Networks• Representation of Knowledge and Data in Distributed Networked Systems• Quality Assurance• Human-Computer Interaction• Devices and SensorsImportant DatesDeadline for abstracts: August 15, 2011Full paper submission for review: October 15, 2011Notification of acceptance: November 30, 2011Deadline for final papers: January 15, 2012Submission and Relevant Information Abstract and paper submissions must be in English and in MS Word or PDF document format. Abstract with a length of max. 600 words should be e-mailed to scientific committee co-chairs (ichi@ arab-health.org). Full paper submissions are required to be done online through the conference Website: http://www.arab-health.org/ichi2012/openconf/openconf.phpFull paper format, submission guidelines, registration, accommodation and further information are available at the conference website: http://www.arab-health.org/ichi2012/ . For further information about submissions, please contact scientific committee co-chairs.Conference Proceedings All papers accepted for publication will be published in a conference proceedings, which will be available to delegates at the time of registration (ISBN 978-9957-546-03-7). In addition, a selection of outstanding papers will be published in special issues of peer reviewed journals.Best Paper Award (3 Awards)The Best Paper Award is presented to the individual(s) judged by a separate awards committee to have written the best paper appearing in the conference proceedings. The Award shall be 300 USD and a certificate. In case there is more than one author for the paper, the award shall be divided equally among all authors and each shall receive a certificate. Judging shall be on the bases of general quality, originality, subject matter, and timeliness. Scientific Committee Co-ChairsSyed Sibte Raza Abidim, Dalhousie University, Canadasraza@cs.dal.caMaged Kamel Boulos, University of Plymouth, UKmnkamelboulos@plymouth.ac.ukYaseen A. Hayajneh, University of Sharjah, UAEyhayajneh@sharjah.ac.aeConference SecretariatMr. Sami KamalSami @ arab-health.orgMr. Ahmad Sarrawiahmad @ arab-health.orgInternational Scientific CommitteeAbdel-Rahman Tawil, University of East London, UK Adrian Barb, Pennsylvania State University, USA Ahmed Albarrak, King Saud University, KSA Ahmad Taher Azar, Modern Science and Arts University, Egypt Anastasia Kastania, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece Anastasius Moumtzoglou, Hellenic Society for Quality & Safety in Healthcare, Greece Andrej Orel, Marand D.O.O., Slovenia Ashraf Abusharekh, Dalhousie University, Canada Bakheet Aldosari, King Saud bin Abdulaziz Univ. for Health Sciences, KSA Bert-Jan van Beijnum, University of Twente, Netherlands Brett Taylor, Dalhousie University / IWK Health Centre, Canada Carolyn McGregor, University of Ontario Institute of Techology, Canada David Greenhalgh, University of Strathclyde, UK Denis Riordan, Dalhousie University, Canada Dominic Covvey, National Institutes of Health Informatics, Canada Eric Campo, LAAS-CNRS, France Foad Dabiri, University of California Los Angeles, USA Hiroshi Takeda, Jikei Institute, Japan Isabelle Bichindaritz, University of Washington, USAJeremy Wyatt, Warwick University, UK katrina hurley, IWK Health Centre, Canada Khalil Khoumbati, University of Sindh, Pakistan Laila Akhu-Zaheya, Jordan University of Science & Technology, Jordan Lee Seldon, Multimedia University, Malaysia Maryati Mohd Yusof, National University of Malaysia, Malaysia Michael Shifrin, N. N. Burdenko Neurosurgical Institute, Russia Monique Jaspers, Academic Medical Center- University of Amsterdam, Netherlands Randy Giffen, IBM, Canada Sai Moturu, MIT Media Lab, USA Selena Davis, Selena Davis & Associates, Health Informatics Consulting, Canada Sharifah Mastura Syed-Mohamad, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia Shariq Khoja, Aga Khan University, Kenya Samina Abidi, Dalhousie University, Canada Sofie Van Hoecke, University College West-Flanders, Belgium
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