Networked Healthcare Technology (NetHealth) Workshop | Comsnets 2015
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Vidhana Soudha by Ranganath Krishnamani

Networked Healthcare Technology (NetHealth) Workshop

Workshop Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015 (Click to view schedule)

There is a clear consensus that our current healthcare models are not well suited for our future generations, in that they cannot be scaled up in a cost-effective manner for the growing healthcare needs. The key questions facing us are

  1. What are the key challenges to address
  2. What answers exist today
  3. What new answers need to be invented

NetHealth 2015 will adopt a new model to promote directly answering the above three questions, by bringing together leaders from both medical and engineering communities. The aim of the one-day workshop is to promote a deeper dialogue leading to actual collaborations. If you are serious about being part of the solution to one of the biggest challenges facing the mankind in this century, we invite you to participate in NetHealth. NetHealth 2015 will have a three-part agenda

  1. Leaders from different areas laying out open challenges
  2. Demos to lay out the land of new and novel ideas which have already taken shape, and
  3. Research papers which are inventing answers for the future

We invite research papers, research demos, product presentations and position papers that present novel ideas for networked computing technology in support of healthcare, and which are likely to invoke thoughtful discussion at the workshop. Both academia and corporate contributions are highly welcome and encouraged. Of interest, though not exclusively, are the following topics:

  1. Remote diagnosis and remote consultation
  2. Assistive medical technology
  3. Clinical applications of mobile or networked healthcare
  4. Mobile and wearable medical sensing applications
  5. Design of wearable and home-care health devices
  6. Sensor networks for public health monitoring and surveillance
  7. Networked mobile technology for rural healthcare
  8. Security and privacy in networked healthcare
  9. Experience from technology deployments
  10. Usability of mobile health applications and devices
  11. Applications to emergency response and disaster response
  12. Cost-efficient and energy-efficient networking for remote healthcare
  13. Remote access to electronic health records
  14. Assistive robotics and prosthetics
  15. Rehabilitation engineering and assistive rehabilitative technology
  16. Smart homes for tele-home healthcare and telemedicine

Workshop Schedule

Time Sessions


Welcome by Chairs


Keynote Address 1

Prof David Kotz (Computer Science, Dartmouth College)

Security and privacy issues in mobile medical applications


Systematic Information Flow Control in mHealth Systems

Chandrika Bhardwaj




Keynote Address 2

Dr Sailesh Mohan (Public Health Foundation of India)

Leveraging Technology to Improve Chronic Disease Prevention and Control


A Smartphone-based Algorithm to Measure and Model Quantity of Sleep

Alvika Gautam, Vinayak Naik, Archie Gupta and S.K. Sharma


Internet-enabled Skills Training Platform for Neurosurgical Training

Vinkle Srivastav, Natesan Damodaran




Invited Talk

Prof Ashish Suri (Neurology, AIIMS New Delhi)

Challenges in Development of Networked Health Care: A Neuro-Technology Perspective


A Pub/Sub based Architecture to Support Public Healthcare Data Exchange

Rakshit Wadhwa, Apurv Mehra, Pushpendra Singh and Meenu Singh


An EMR-Enabled Medical Sensor Data Collection Framework

Rakshit Wadhwa, Pushpendra Singh, Meenu Singh and Saurabh Kumar




Invited Talk

Dr Shalini Singh (Indian Council for Medical Research)

Harnessing technology for promoting outreach of 'known' interventions for betterment of health


Discussions and Concluding Remarks

Formatting Guidelines for Submitted Papers

The NetHealth workshop solicits paper submissions of up to 6 pages in length, including all figures, tables, and references. All papers must be electronically submitted via the NetHealth submission site on EasyChair (Submit Papers to "NetHealth Workshop 2015 - Papers Only") in PDF. The proceedings will be published by IEEE Xplore and will include the final papers of up to 6 pages in length. All NetHealth technical papers must be associated with an author registration at the full rate. For authors presenting multiple papers, one full registration is valid for up to three papers. IEEE reserves the right to exclude a paper from distribution after the workshop (e.g., removal from IEEE  Xplore) if the paper is not presented at the workshop.

Overall appearance: Submitted papers should adhere to the appearance of the standard IEEE twocolumn format that is used for IEEE Transactions.

Margins: Papers must use a 10pt font on US Letter paper with margins no smaller than 0.75in for the top margin, 1.0in for the bottom margin, and 0.625in for side margins.

Templates: Depending on whether you are using LaTeX or Microsoft Word for formatting your paper, you can download the relevant templates that incorporate the formatting specifications at

Note: All Workshop papers (full papers - both regular and invited) WILL appear in IEEE Xplore.

Demo Session

In addition, NetHealth 2015 will feature a demo session on the day of the workshop to allow industry and academic researchers to showcase their latest applications and prototypes in all related topics. Demo proposals are invited for both mature or innovative systems and prototypes developed for commercial use or for research purposes, from industries or universities. The submitted demo proposal should include all relevant technical content in a maximum of 2 pages in double column format. The demo proposals can be submitted on EasyChair ("NetHealth Workshop 2015 - Demos Only") or simply emailed to Prof. Sanjiva Prasad ([email protected]).

Each paper acceptance is subject to the conditions that the paper does not contain any plagiarized material and that the authors do not submit the paper material in parallel to another publication venue. Violations of these conditions will most likely result in rejections of the violating submissions or even already accepted papers.

Important Deadlines

Paper Submission October 27, 2014 November 16, 2014
Notification of Acceptance November 21, 2014
Camera Ready Submission: To be announced
Demos Submission December 12, 2014
Workshop Date January 10, 2015

Keynote Speakers

David Kotz

Dartmouth College, USA

Security and privacy issues in mobile medical applications

Mobile medical applications offer tremendous opportunities to improve quality and access to care, reduce cost, and improve individual wellness and public health. These new technologies, whether in the form of software for smartphones as specialized devices to be worn, carried, or applied as needed, may also pose risks if they are not designed or configured with security and privacy in mind. For example, a patient's insulin pump may accept dosage instructions from unauthorized smartphones running a spoofed application; another patient's fertility-tracking app may be probing the Bluetooth network for its associated device, exposing her use of this app to nearby strangers. In this talk I present an overview of the security and privacy challenges posed by mobile medical applications, including important open issues that require further research and a brief review of the related legal policies.

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Prof. David Kotz is the Champion International Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth College. He currently serves as Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Sciences, and previously served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Security Technology Studies for four years. In 2013 he was appointed by the GAO to the US Healthcare IT Policy Committee. His research interests include security and privacy, pervasive computing for healthcare, and wireless networks. He has published over 100 refereed journal and conference papers and obtained over $50m in grant funding. He is PI of a $10m grant from the NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program and leads a five-university team investigating Trustworthy Health & Wellness technology (see He is an IEEE Fellow, a Senior Member of the ACM, a 2008 Fulbright Fellow to India, and an elected member of Phi Beta Kappa. After receiving his A.B. in Computer Science and Physics from Dartmouth in 1986, he completed his Ph.D in Computer Science from Duke University in 1991 and returned to Dartmouth to join the faculty.

Sailesh Mohan

Public Health Foundation of India

Leveraging Technology to Improve Chronic Disease Prevention and Control

Chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes, cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are increasing rapidly across India. They entail not only health but substantive social, economic and developmental consequences. Despite availability of proven and effective prevention and treatment strategies, the rate of detection and control are abysmally low. There is thus the need to look at innovative strategies to bridge the "know - do gap" with respect to detection, prevention and management. The use of m-health technologies provides such a potential alternative. The presentation will highlight the use of select m-health strategies to improve the prevention and control of the major NCDs in India.

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Dr Sailesh Mohan is is currently a Senior Research Scientist and Associate Professor at the Public Health Foundation of India. He has academically trained in medicine, public health and cardiovascular epidemiology. At PHFI, he is involved in chronic non-communicable disease (NCD) research, teaching and training.He leads various NCD research projects including a unique large translational community based comprehensive diabetes prevention and management project - UDAY to concomitantly improve the prevention, detection and management of diabetes and hypertension. Dr. Mohan also directs a course on NCD Prevention and Control for international public health scholars. He has been a recipient of the CIHR Canada HOPE Fellowship Award and has also been a fellow of the World Heart Federation's (WHF) Ten Day Teaching Seminar in Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention. Most recently he has been selected as an "Emerging Leader" of the WHFs initiative aimed to reduce premature mortality from NCDs by 2025. He has been a temporary advisor/technical expert to the World Health Organization (WHO) on NCDs since 2011 and has authored many important WHO technical briefs/papers. He has also served as a member of influential policy-making committees of the WHO and Government of India on NCD prevention and control.

Invited Talks

Ashish Suri

Neurosurgery, AIIMS New Delhi

Challenges in Development of Networked Health Care: A Neuro-Technology Perspective

Health care around the globe has been revolutionized by technological advancements. The quality of life and life expectancy has greatly improved across all nations including developing nations. Networking of health care has the potential of taking the treatment to the corners of the country. The major challenges are large population, poor literacy and financial conditions inhibiting the peripheral reach. Recognition of the training and research as vital aspect of health care is a major challenge along with patient treatment; thereby creating their network would advance health care. Neurotechnology is a rapid growing inter-disciplinary field, which brings technology to the field of neurological sciences that cares for very sick population suffering from head injuries, brain tumors, stroke, central nervous system infections and seizures. We have tried providing neurosurgical education and skills training over the web technology and educational network across our nation. The challenges of the networked healthcare range from the storage of videos from surgeries and skills training sessions to secured data transfer of patient data for technological evaluation. The acquisition of data from different equipment like endoscopes, microscopes, IP cameras from the medical institution and sending it to the technological counterpart for evaluation is a challenge in this area. The networked healthcare can provide transfer of 3D animations, 3D recorded data from 3D endoscopes, microscopes, IP cameras for real-time transfer to remote locations for education. The cost-efficient encoding and decoding of 3D videos and 3D volumetric data from MRI, CT, laser scanners are road blockers for web-based e-learning and simulation platforms.

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Prof. Ashish Suri (MBBS, MCh, DNB, FAMS) is a Professor of Neurosurgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, where he has served for nearly 21 yeas, pursuing excellence in clinical patient care, training, education, research and development. His main research interests lie in the development of new and innovative techniques in Neurosurgery (Neuro-endoscopy, Skull base surgery, Cerebro-vascular surgery and Neuro-oncology), and he has published extensively with over 135 peer-reviewed papers in leading international and national journals and conferences, and professional forums, in addition to 1 book and 14 book chapters. He has also prepared over 300 e-books, surgical e-videos and 3-D animation modules, and has applied for 4 patents/copyrights. He has been an invited speaker in numerous national and international Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs, seminars, workshops and conferences. Prof. Suri has research collaborations in Neuro-oncology with IGIB - CSIR (New Delhi), and an innovation-based research and development collaboration in Neuro-technology with IIT-Delhi, CSIO-CSIR (Chandigarh) and BARC (Mumbai). He has established a neurosurgery skills training program with Indo-German collaboration, and DST+DBT+DHR Neurosurgery Skills Training Facility (NSTF) for imparting neurosurgery skills training to trainee and trained neurosurgeons from several countries. An Adjunct Professor at the Amar Nath and Shashi Khosla School of Information Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, his Neurosurgery Education and Training School (NETS) is a free access, open-source, 3D graphics and animation interactive e-learning platform for neurosurgery skills training. Neurosurgery 3D Animation Graphics Video Editing Lab (NAGVEL) has established 3D microscopic neurosurgery training hands-on and virtual modules for the first time in Asia.

Shalini Singh

Indian Council for Medical Research

Harnessing technology for promoting outreach of 'known' interventions for betterment of health

Penetration of information and communication technology (ICT) among the health sector is increasing steadily and unleashing its vast potential in all spheres of healthcare such as disease prevention, promoting health, treatment and rehabilitation. The focus of the talk will be on strategies to improve penetration of 'known' interventions among health professionals working at all levels of health care including primary, secondary and tertiary; increasing participation of support staff in health care to improve delivery of care; and involve community and individuals to improve access to health care. There is a need for collation of data generated at a health facility to be processed uniformly using simple technology to inform programme managers and policy makers periodically. Further ICMR's initiatives in promoting innovation and translational research will be highlighted and the unmet need in the area of communication technology in health research will be discussed.

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Dr Shalini Singh is Deputy Director General & Scientist 'E', Division of Reproductive & Child Health at Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi. She has a postgraduate degree in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and worked as a clinician during the initial years before moving on to clinical and implementation research almost 15 years ago. Her current interests are to promote the utilization of 'known' interventions and/or processes through use of technology for the betterment of women's health with a special focus on pregnant women and newborns, tribal health, health systems research and qualitative research. She coordinates multicentric clinical research trials on Women's health at ICMR, reviews research proposals on Women's health including those for international collaboration, is a member of several expert committees in organizations such as DBT (Dept of Biotechnology), AYUSH Dept of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), FOGSI (Federation of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists of India) and others which support research in Women's health. Her previous research works are in the area of management of preeclampsia/eclampsia (hypertension during pregnancy), genital fistula, improving quality of care during delivery, emergency contraception, medical abortion etc.

Contributed Papers

Workshop Co-Chairs

Sanjiva Prasad

IIT Delhi, India

[email protected]

Zainul Charbiwala

IBM India Research Labs

Technical Program Committee

Name Affiliation Country
Pushpendra Singh IIIT Delhi India
Amit Acharyya IIT Hyderabad India