Thursday, April 4, 2013

Call for Abstracts: 20th International Conference on Medical Physics

Call for Abstracts: 20th International Conference on Medical Physics

1st - 4th September 2013 Brighton, United Kingdom

Abstract submission deadline: 26th April 2013

The conference encourages submission from all with an interest in Medical Physics, and will include specific sessions for young investigators. Submissions are welcome on all aspects of medical physics in particular the seven new horizon topics below:

Cancer treatment methods and technologies

Medical imaging and diagnostic technologies

Novel Medical devices

Application of Social Media and technologies.

Remote diagnostics and monitoring.

Radiation protection and Dose reduction methods

Rehabilitation and Assistive Living Technologies

The abstracts will be published in the new IOMP journal Medical Physics International.

Dem@Care Summer School on Ambient Assisted Living

The program of the Dem@Care Summer School on Ambient Assisted Living (DemAAL) is high-quality and interesting including both lectures and lab sessions. A balance is kept between ICT and clinical related speakers both from inside and outside the Dem@Care project (FP7).


Survey of schools: ICT in Education - data in SPSS format


eHealth Stakeholder Group members

In 2012, following a call for expression of interest, the European Commission selected 29 members to participate in its eHealth Stakeholder Group. Members of the group, appointed for a period of three years, are expert representatives of European umbrella organisations active in the eHealth sector.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Call for Chapters: Cloud Computing Applications for Quality Health Care Delivery

Call for Chapters: Cloud Computing Applications for Quality Health Care Delivery


Dr. Anastasius Moumtzoglou (“P. & A. Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital, President of the Hellenic Society for Quality & Safety in Healthcare, Greece);

Dr. Anastasia Kastania (Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece)

Proposals Submission Deadline: April 30, 2013

Full Chapters Due: August 30, 2013

Submission Date: November 30, 2013

The Internet, having its roots in telephony applications in the early 1990s, is often referred to as “The Cloud.” By the turn of the millennium, the Internet was referred to as broadband, and the term “in the cloud” was highly desired. Telephone utilities were investing in “The Cloud” for switching and routing the appropriate connections for phone calls, faxes, live feeds, and signals. Then, around the middle of the decade, Computational Cloud Services, called “Cloud Computing,” was firmly in the vocabulary as a way to describe what the user was doing: accessing computing services in the cloud.

At the beginning of the decade, companies began building their websites in such a way that users could utilize their services exclusively through the use of a browser. Shortly, through the use of more powerful technologies, “in the cloud” applications became commonplace. By the middle of the decade, most leading corporations with a strong Web presence had reasonable and reliable operation of their services exclusively “in the cloud.”

The “Cloud” represents a fundamental change in the use of IT services, which involves a shift from owning and managing the IT system to accessing IT systems as a service. The term Cloud Services, a distinct terminology from outsourced IT hosting, comes from the fact that the Internet has often been depicted as a “Cloud.” Cloud Services have been defined as the services that meet the following criteria:

• Consumers neither own the hardware on which data processing and storage happens, nor the software that performs the data processing.

• Consumers have the ability to access and use the service at any time over the Internet.

As a result, the definition of Cloud Services is twofold. The first part pertains to the ownership of the actual hardware and software that is used to perform data storage and data processing, while the second part refers to the client’s ability to access the service remotely when it needs to use it.

On the other hand, as definitions evolved, Cloud Computing denoted the influence of cloud, and implied the user experience moving away from personal computers to a “cloud” of computers. In this context, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defined Cloud Computing as “a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction”. This cloud model is composed of five essential characteristics, three service models, and four deployment models. Essential characteristics, according to NIST, include on-demand self-service, broad network access, resource pooling, rapid elasticity, and measured service. Service Models include Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), while deployment models include the Private cloud, the Community cloud, the Public cloud, and the Hybrid cloud.

Moreover, the research firm IDC described Cloud Computing as “an emerging IT development, deployment and distribution model, enabling real-time delivery of products, services and solutions over the Internet.” It also defined Cloud Services as “Consumer and Business products, services and solutions that are delivered and consumed in real-time over the Internet.” Finally, analyst firm Gartner defined Cloud Computing as “a model of computing in which scalable and flexible IT-enabled capabilities are delivered as a service to external customers using Internet technologies.”

As far as healthcare is concerned, the trend appears to be irreversible. Software applications and information once in the realm of a local computer or a local server are now in the sphere of the public Internet. Private health information once confined to local networks is migrating onto the Internet. Patients voluntarily grant access to their health records, while the collection and management of this data is entirely legal. Microsoft and Google are two notable examples of companies following the accelerating likelihood of placing, once restricted and private health records, “in the cloud.” Their initiatives hold the attention timing and force convergence of events if we consider the “Transforming Healthcare Through IT” and “Enabling Healthcare Reform Using Information Technology” initiatives.

Objective of the Book

The book will provide an overview of cloud technologies that might affect quality in healthcare. The proposed book intends to provide a compendium of terms, definitions, and explanations of concepts, processes, and acronyms. Additionally, it will present chapters (each chapter consisting of 7,000-10,000 words) authored by leading experts, offering an in-depth description of key terms and concepts related to the demystification of healthcare quality in the Cloud.

Target Audience

The prospective audience includes undergraduate and extended degree programs students, graduate students of health care quality and health services management, executive education and continuing education, health care managers and health professionals.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Healthcare Cloud computing and Web Services

• Definition, features and types of cloud services in healthcare

• Adoption of cloud services and quality in healthcare

• Benefits and drawbacks of cloud services in healthcare

• Cloud technologies and quality in healthcare

• Cloud-based systems for healthcare information technology and quality in healthcare

• Cloud Perspective for HIPAA and HITECH

• Interoperability

• Privacy in Healthcare Cloud Computing

• High Performance Computing in the Healthcare Cloud

• Information Assurance and Security in Cloud Computing

• Characteristics of Cloud-based Healthcare Organisations Cloud-based EMRs and quality in healthcare

• Cloud-based medical practice management applications and quality in healthcare

• Cloud-based patient portals and quality in healthcare

• Cloud-based ePrescription systems and quality in healthcare

• Cloud-based Laboratory solutions and quality in healthcare

• Mobile Cloud Computing and quality in healthcare

• Mobile Multimedia-Cloud Computing

• Cloud healthcare simulation

• Autonomic Clouds in Healthcare

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before April 30, 2013, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by May 15, 2013 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by August 30, 2013. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference” and “IGI Publishing” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2014.

Important Dates:

April 30, 2013: Proposal Submission Deadline

May 15, 2013: Notification of Acceptance

August 30, 2013: Full Chapter Submission

October 30, 2013: Review Results Returned

November 30, 2013: Final Chapter Submission

February 15, 2014: Final deadline

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document):

Dr. Anastasius Moumtzoglou

“P. & A. Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital

Thivon & Levadias, 11527 Athens, Greece

Tel.: +302132009822 • GSM: +306974558870


Dr. Anastasia Kastania

Athens University of Economis and Business

Patission 76 Str, 10434 Athens, Greece

Tel: +30-210-8203158, Fax: +30-210-8203157, GSM: +306944546208


EIT Foundation: Young leaders present innovative solutions for Europe's future

Thirty young leaders from the worlds of business, academia and research shared their inspiring ideas with policy-makers and business executives at the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Foundation's Annual Innovation Forum in Brussels today. The young professionals, entrepreneurs and students presented ideas for business opportunities in areas ranging from healthcare to energy production and market information. The EIT Foundation young leaders' programme aims to discover a new generation of talented entrepreneurs who can drive the development of sustainable innovation in the EU.


EU says we should glorify our entrepreneurs:Skype, Spotify and Angry Birds creators advise EU – first stage of "Startup Europe" campaign

Most people think of Silicon Valley in the United States when they think about technology and entrepreneurs – the European Commission wants young Europeans to be inspired by home-grown entrepreneurs, so their bright ideas start and stay in Europe. With help from the creators of Spotify, Angry Birds, Tuenti, Skype, SeedCamp, HackFwd, London's Tech City and TheNextWeb, the Commission is creating a platform for star entrepreneurs to tell their stories of inspirations and frustration, to wake-up young Europeans and leaders to the potential of entrepreneurial careers.


Monday, April 1, 2013

Call for Presentations: 3rd Global Conference: Exploring Chronicity

Call for Presentations: 3rd Global Conference: Exploring Chronicity

Sunday 22nd September – Tuesday 24th September 2013 Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

The apparent increase in and diversity of chronic conditions calls for better understandings of the spaces between health and illness that chronic patients occupy, often for most of their lives and raises questions not just about those that suffer, but also about those that care for them, available treatments and care, and social inclusiveness.

This conference aims to explore these issues in a uniquely inter-disciplinary manner to broaden the understanding of chronicity at the intersections and boundaries of all, and any, relevant disciplines, professions, experience and/or viewpoints.

Dialogue, inquiry and exploration will be initiated around these core ideas:

■ How can we better understand the tension between chronic and contested illnesses?

■ How can we map and honour vulnerability in chronic illness?

■ What insights can patients online communities provide to inform better chronic care management?

■ What is the role of technology in making sense of chronic illness?

■ How do individuals, societies and cultures make sense of liminality in chronicity?

Presentations, papers, performances and case-studies will be accepted which deal with related areas and themes. The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.

It is our aim that a number of these interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary dialogues will be ongoing and that they will ultimately develop into a series of related cross context research project. It is also anticipated that these will support and encourage the establishment of useful collaborative networks, and the creation, presentation, and publication of original research. Through such richness and diversity it is expected that a body of knowledge and expertise will be established that serves both individuals and organisations.

What to Send:

300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 10th May 2013. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 12th July 2013. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords. E-mails should be entitled: CHR3 Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs

Maria Vaccarella :

Rob Fisher:

The conference is part of the ‘Making Sense Of:’ series of research projects. The aim of the conference is to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into a themed ISBN hard copy volume.

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence...