Networked Healthcare Technology (NetHealth)

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COMSNETS 2013 workshop: Monday, January 7, 2013

The human body is being increasingly instrumented and connected. The emergence of networked information technology for healthcare has already shown benefit in moving away from episodic to pervasive care. The availability of rich, perpetual, multi-modal data about physiological and psychological factors provides an opportunity to make critical real-time inferences not just about health but also behavior, beyond what is possible with infrequent clinical visits. We imagine 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 the comfort of familiar surroundings and care.

Mobile technology can be a key enabler in improving access to healthcare (in terms of geography, economics and information), by encouraging personal health management, and by facilitating 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
  • Assistive medical technology
  • Clinical applications of mobile or networked healthcare
  • Mobile and wearable medical sensing applications
  • Design of wearable and home-care health devices
  • Sensor networks for public health monitoring and surveillance
  • Networked mobile technology for rural healthcare
  • Security and privacy in networked healthcare
  • Experience from technology deployments
  • Usability of mobile health applications and devices
  • Applications to emergency response and disaster response
  • Cost-efficient and energy-efficient networking for remote healthcare
  • Remote access to electronic health records
  • Assistive robotics and prosthetics
  • Rehabilitation engineering and assistive rehabilitative technology
  • Smart homes for tele-home healthcare and telemedicine

Important Dates

Paper Submission: September 30, 2012 (at 11:59 pm IST)   October 28, 2012 (at 11:59 pm IST) EXTENDED
Notification of acceptance: November 19, 2012
Camera-ready submission: December 2, 2012
Demo submission: December 7, 2012
Workshop date: January 7, 2013

Technical Program Co-Chairs

Zainul Charbiwala IBM Research, India
Anish Arora Ohio State University, USA