Networked Healthcare Technology (NetHealth)

COMSNETS 2012 workshop
January 3, 2012

NetHealth Technical Program

The world's pressing healthcare needs may benefit from judicious application of networked information technology. Future networked information systems will support, for example, clinical workflow, remote diagnosis and consultation, e-prescribing, and mobile data collection and surveillance, disease outbreak identification and patient participation in their own well-being and care. Mobile-computing technology may be particularly helpful in improving access to healthcare (geography, monetary and informational), by encouraging personal health management, and by enabling patient and provider mobility. Wearable medical devices are emerging, to measure essential vital signs like pulse, respiration, ECG, blood glucose level, and patient mobility. Handheld devices support clinicians in urban hospitals, and portable diagnostic kits allow remote healthcare teams to more easily reach rural villages.

The widespread availability of mobile phones, and recent experiments with low-cost, long-range broadband wireless networks, bring connectivity to all these opportunities. We encourage papers that present novel ideas for networked computing technology in support of healthcare, and which are likely to invoke thoughtful discussion at the workshop.

Research papers should focus on all aspects of networked healthcare technologies. Of interest, though not exclusively, are the following topics: remote diagnosis and remote consultation

  1. clinical applications of mobile or networked healthcare
  2. mobile and wearable medical sensing applications
  3. design of wearable and home-care health devices
  4. sensor networks for public health monitoring and surveillance
  5. networked mobile technology for rural healthcare
  6. security and privacy in networked healthcare
  7. experience from technology deployments
  8. usability of mobile health applications and devices
  9. applications to emergency response and disaster response
  10. cost-efficient and energy-efficient networking for remote healthcare
  11. remote access to electronic health records
NetHealth Co-Chairs
  1. Bill Thies , Microsoft Research, India
  2. Santosh Kumar, , University of Memphis, USA
Important Dates
  1. Paper submission: October 16, 2011 (at 11 pm IST)
  2. Notification of acceptance: November 16, 2011
  3. Camera ready submission: December 2, 2011
  4. Workshop: January 3, 2012
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