Friday, April 25, 2014

Take part in a survey on licensing practices of Open Data Portals


H2020 Personalising healthcare – Present your idea

Do you have an idea for a research and innovation topic that Horizon 2020 should consider in future work programmes for societal challenge one (health demographic challenge and wellbeing)? At eHealth Forum 2014 you will get the opportunity to make yourself heard during a three minute pitch. Deadline to apply: 5 May 2014.


Thursday, April 24, 2014

e-SENS Newsletter

Discover the work of e-SENS and its outcomes after the first year of the project. This edition of the Newsletter describes the effort made towards defining piloting use cases within selected domains. These will enable European citizens and businesses to reap the full benefits of the European Single Market in various areas of life.


EU-US 'Matchmaking' at eHealth Forum 2014

The eHealth Forum 2014 in Athens will feature 'matchmaking sessions': A kind of 'speed dating' with other people active in eHealth, both from the EU and the US, to stimulate business opportunities and collaborations. Also on the program: EU-US Marketplace & Cooperation Assembly sessions for updates on the EU-US Roadmap for eHealth.


Simple Procedures Online for Cross-Border Services – digital barriers taken down!

SPOCS (Simple Procedures Online for Cross-Border Services) was a CIP large-scale pilot project that was active between May 2009 and December 2012. SPOCS aimed to build the next generation of online portals (Point of Single Contact or PSC), which every European country now has in place, through the availability of high impact cross-border electronic procedures.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Call for Chapters: Mobile Cloud Computing Systems and Applications in Healthcare

Call for Chapters: Mobile Cloud Computing Systems and Applications in Healthcare


Chintan Bhatt, Charotar University of Science and Technology (CHARUSAT), India

S.K.Peddoju, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India

Proposals Submission Deadline: May 30, 2014

Full Chapters Due: September 30, 2014

For release in the Advances in Healthcare Information Systems and Administration (AHISA) Book Series.

Series Editor: Anastasius Moumtzoglou (Hellenic Society for Quality & Safety in Healthcare and P. & A. Kyriakou Children's Hospital, Greece)

ISSN: 2328-1243

The Advances in Healthcare Information Systems and Administration (AHISA) Book Series aims to provide a channel for international researchers to progress the field of study on technology and its implications on healthcare and health information systems. With the growing focus on healthcare and the importance of enhancing this industry to tend to the expanding population, the book series seeks to accelerate the awareness of technological advancements of health information systems and expand awareness and implementation.

Better care and better outcomes are goals shared by hospitals, clinics and health organizations around the world. Many of the healthcare players have not adopted technology completely in their environments yet and their primary focus has been on automation of back office systems, payment and reimbursement, digitization of medical records, and business intelligence for regulatory compliance and accreditation. In many emerging/developing countries like India, IT budgets are very low. Investments in IT compete with other priorities like radiological equipment or operational expansion. With cloud computing, these goals have become much more attainable. Take advantage of a world of many clouds to improve the quality of patient care and simplify clinical workflows. Cloud computing is a new computing model that lets organizations pay for only the resources they need, when they are needed. With cloud computing, shared resources are allocated dynamically to create a highly flexible environment. This enables organizations to treat infrastructure as a service (IaaS), rather than an expensive capital expenditure. Mobile technology has expanded dramatically around the world. Along with 3G and 4G, these advances have had a huge impact on many walks of life. The utilization of smart phones and tablets has transformed communications, commerce, and entertainment, among other fields. Their emergence has improved service delivery, empowered consumers, businesses, and entrepreneurs and changed the way in which people access information and make transactions. Now this technology is composed to alter how health care is delivered, the quality of the patient experience and the cost of health care. Mobile technology is helping with chronic disease management, extending service to underserved areas and improving health outcomes and medical system efficiency.

This book aims to discuss and address the difficulties and challenges that developing countries have faced in implementing mobile cloud computing based healthcare systems and applications. The editors will seek chapters that address different aspects of mobile cloud computing in healthcare i.e. trust, privacy, security issues, big data challenge, decision support systems and related topics. Additionally, the book will explore the impact of such technologies on public, private, community, and hybrid cloud scenarios in healthcare using mobile devices.


This comprehensive and timely publication aims to be an essential reference source, building on the available literature in the field of mobile cloud computing in developing countries while providing for further research opportunities in this dynamic field. It is hoped that this text will provide the resources necessary for policy makers, technology developers and managers to adopt and implement healthcare systems based on cloud computing platform using mobile devices in developing nations across the globe.

Target Audience

Policy makers, academicians, researchers, advanced-level students, technology developers, and government officials will find this text useful in furthering their research exposure to pertinent topics on healthcare systems based on mobile cloud computing and assisting in furthering their own research efforts in this field.

Recommended Topics

• Converging Trends in Healthcare

• Internet of Things mobile and cloud ecosystems in healthcare

• Mobile cloud computing data and storage architecture for healthcare services

• Mobile Cloud Data and Information Services in healthcare

• Cloud based BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in healthcare

• Wireless body area networks combined with mobile cloud computing in healthcare

• Public, private, community, and hybrid cloud scenarios in healthcare using mobile devices

• Offloading and Networking in healthcare using mobile cloud

• Pervasive e-health and assisted living services enabled by cloud computing in mobile devices

• Deep knowledge discovery from health using mobile cloud data

• Big data in the mobile cloud-challenges for healthcare

• Decision support systems for healthcare in cloud environments

• Mobile Cloud governance in health environments

• Personal health record and payer-based health records solutions enabled by the mobile cloud

• Smart sensor systems and miniaturized devices in e-health applications

• Increased complexity of e-discovery if processes and/or data storage are handled using mobile cloud computing

• Standards and Recommendations using mobile cloud in healthcare

• Trust, privacy, and security issues and Multimedia Services using mobile cloud in healthcare

• The Future Growth of Mobile Cloud Computing in Healthcare

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before May 30, 2014, 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 June 30, 2014 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by September 30, 2014. 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," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2015.

Important Dates

May 30, 2014: Proposal Submission Deadline

June 30, 2014: Notification of Acceptance

September 30, 2014: Full Chapter Submission

November 30, 2014: Review Results Returned

February 15, 2015: Final Chapter Submission


Chintan Bhatt

U & P U Patel Department of Computer Engineering

Charotar University of Science And Technology (CHARUSAT), Changa, Gujarat, INDIA


S. K. Peddoju

Dept. of CSE, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, UK, India - 247667


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Call for Abstracts: Workshop on e-Science and Social Networks (eSoN 14)

Call for Abstracts: Workshop on e-Science and Social Networks (eSoN 14)

Workshop to be held with IEEE e-Science 2014 20 or 21 October 2014, Guaruj√°, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Important dates

Paper Submissions Due: June 27, 2014

Notification of Acceptance: July 18, 2014

Camera Ready Versions Due: August 4, 2014

Workshop: October 20 or 21, 2014

Social networking is profoundly changing the way that people communicate and interact on a daily basis. As e-Science is inherently collaborative, social networks can serve as a vital means for supporting information and resource sharing, aiding discovery of connected individuals, improving communication between globally dispersed individuals, and even measuring scientific impact. Consequently, e-Science systems are increasingly integrating social networking concepts to improve collaboration. For example researcher profiles and groups exist in publication networks, such as Google scholar and Mendeley, and e-Science infrastructures, such as MyExperiment, NanoHUB and GlobusOnline all utilize social networking principles to enhance scientific collaboration. In addition to incorporating explicit social networks, e-Science infrastructures can also leverage implicit social networks extracted from relationships expressed in collaborative activities (e.g. publication and grant authorship or citation networks).

This workshop aims to bring together researchers from a diverse range of areas to establish a new community focused on the application of social networking to analyze and improve scientific collaboration. There are two complementary areas of focus for this workshop 1) how to efficiently share infrastructure and software resources, such as data and tools through social networks, and 2) how to analyze and enhance collaboration in e-Science through both implicit and explicit social networks, for example analyzing scientific impact through citation networks or improving collaboration by associating data and tools with networks of publications and researchers.

Scope of workshop

The topics of interest are, but not limited to, the use of social networks to analyze and improve collaborative e-Science:

The use of social networks and social networking concepts in e-Science and eResearch

Social network applications used for e-Science

Social network based resource sharing and collaboration architectures

New forms of collaborative computing and resource sharing

Crowdsourcing of scientific applications using social media

Social Cloud computing

Novel applications of digital relationships and trust

Definition of novel principles, models and methodologies for harnessing digital relationships

Extraction of implicit social networks from scientific activities (publication, citation and grants)

Analysis of collaborative scientific activity through social networks

Public consultation on the Green Paper on mobile health

The Commission has launched a public consultation on the Green Paper on mobile health, inviting comments on the barriers and issues related to the use of mobile health including health and wellbeing apps, smart watches etc.