Friday, September 5, 2014

Smart Energy Systems for Sustainable Hospitals Workshop

The Green@Hospital EU FP7 project reaches the halfway mark of its 3rd year. The collaboration with other projects and hospitals, along with the publication of the first results and the participation to several events are the engine to improve and spread the Green@Hospital benefits.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hack4Participation - EUhackathon 2014

The theme of the 4th edition of the EUhackathon is ‘Increasing EU Democratic Participation’: how to get EU citizens more involved into the EU policy-making process, hence democratizing the process, and how to better analyse the contributions to such processes, hence increasing transparency.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Call for Papers: 4th International Conference on Health Information Science

Call for Papers: 4th International Conference on Health Information Science

May 28, 2015 – May 30, 2015 Melbourne, Australia

Submission Deadline: November 15, 2014

The 4th International Conference on Health Information Science provides a forum for disseminating and exchanging multidisciplinary research results in computer science/information technology and health science & services. HIS 2015 aims to integrate computer science/information technology with health sciences & services, embracing information science research coupled with topics related to the modelling, design, development, integration, and management of health information systems and health services. It covers all aspects of the health information sciences and the systems that support this health information management and health service delivery.

The scope includes:

1. Medical/health/biomedicine information resources, such as patient medical records, devices and equipment, software and tools to capture, store, retrieve, process, analyse, optimize the use of information in the health domain;

2. Data management, data mining, and knowledge discovery (in health domain), all of which play a key role in decision making, management of public health, examination of standards, privacy and security issues;

3. Development of new architectures and applications for health information systems.

Topics include, but not limited to:

• Information systems including electronic health records, hospital information systems, data exchange and integration

• Health service delivery, workflow

• Data mining, knowledge discovery, decision making support

• System interoperability, ontology and standardization

• Bioinformatics

• Biomedical informatics, Brain informatics, Imaging informatics

• Telemedicine, Health data management

• Health database and information-system integration

• Health information extraction, Health information services

• Health information-system modeling, design, and development

• Health information visualization

• Support tools and languages for health information-system development

• Information system interface

• Data integration, Data processing

• Data federation, sharing, and mining

• E-health care delivery

• Distributed computing, Pervasive computing in content of e-health

• Information storage and retrieval in e-health

• Innovative applications in e-health

• Integration of heterogeneous information sources

• Agent systems with e-health

We solicit your submissions in English for unpublished research papers on any aspect of the health information sciences and systems.

Submission Dates:

November 15, 2014: Submission of research papers, industry papers and demo proposals

January 15, 2015: Notification

February 15, 2015: Camera-ready due

Call for Papers: BDCE 2014 – First IEEE International Workshop on Big Data in Computational Epidemiology

Call for Papers: BDCE 2014 – First IEEE International Workshop on Big Data in Computational Epidemiology

October 27, 2014 Washington DC

Submission deadline: September 12, 2014

The workshop is part of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Big Data to be held in Washington DC on October 27, 2014.

Computational epidemiology aims to understand the spread of diseases and efficient strategies to mitigate their outbreak. It studies dynamics in socio-technical systems, where disease spread co-evolves with public health interventions as well as individual behavior. It has evolved from ODE models to networked models which apply agent based modeling and simulation methodologies. Computation of such high resolution models involves processing data sets that are massive, disparate, heterogeneous, evolving (at an ever increasing rate), and potentially unstructured and of various quality.

The workshop brings together researchers from epidemiology, data science, computational science, and health IT domains to tap the potential of emerging technologies in data intensive computations and analytical processing to advance the state of art in computational epidemiology. The central theme of how to manage, integrate, analyze, and visualize vast array of datasets has wider applications in the bio- and physical- simulation and informatics based sciences such as immunology, high energy physics, and, medical informatics.

The workshop welcomes original research related to computational models and methodologies developed for handling big data and their application to epidemiology.

Topics of interest include:

■ Collection and generation of large scale epidemiological datasets

■ Management, provenance, storage, and archival of surveillance, synthetic, and experiment data

■ Analytics of spatial, temporal, relational, and semi-structured data

■ Mining social media data and other online data for public health

■ Simulation driven statistical methods for knowledge discovery and forecasting

■ Cloud, streaming, and high performance data intensive science

■ Semantic web tools, informatics, inference, and integration of public health data

■ Privacy in the big data era

■ Agent mining, multi-agent systems, agent based modeling, and behavior modeling in epidemiology

Submission instructions:

BDCE welcomes full paper submission of original and previously unpublished research. All submissions will be peer-reviewed, and once accepted will be included in the workshop proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press, made available at the IEEE BigData 2014 conference.

Your paper should be between 6 to 8 pages long, formatted to the IEEE Computer Society Proceedings Manuscript Formatting Guidelines, and submitted here. The submission deadline is Sept 12, 2014 (11:59PM Pacific Daylight Time).

Important dates:

September 12, 2014: Due date for full workshop papers submission

September 22, 2014: Notification of paper acceptance to authors

October 10, 2014: Camera-ready of accepted papers

October 27-30, 2014: Conference

Call for expression of interest: "eGovernment Benchmark Report"

The European Commission will soon launch a call for tenders for a service contract of a maximum value of 60 000 EUR. The purpose of this call for tenders is to conduct a Benchmarking study on the state of play of eGovernment provision and usage across EU countries by using data previously collected (eGovernment Benchmark Report).


e-SENS event: Making e-services a reality in Europe

With more and more Europeans travelling and living in another EU country, demand for cross-border services is on the increase. A significant effort has been already made by the European Commission and member states to make communication between EU countries easier. Numerous projects and initiatives have proved that it is possible, but there is still a long way ahead. Interoperable solutions have been implemented for cross-border services in many areas: e-Health, e-Justice, e-Procurement, business setup. To unlock the full potential of the European Single Market, generic solutions are needed to enable electronic transactions in new areas. The aim of the event will be to present the progress made so far towards this ambitious goal.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Remote monitoring with mHealth can reduce healthcare costs

Recent studies (1) have concluded that remote health monitoring (RHM) has the potential to systematically reduce the growing cost burden of chronic diseases such as diabetes.


Workshop on the eHealth Inducement Prize (€1 Million)

In the framework of Horizon 2020, a few inducement prizes will be launched. One of them is the eHealth prize of one Million euros, stimulating the development of a food scanner. At the ICT Proposers' Day 2014 in Florence, DG Connect will host a workshop on this topic.


Avoiding lock-in when building open ICT systems: How to make better use of standards in public procurement?

Professor Björn Lundell from University of Skövde, Sweden, will host a webinar on Tuesday 9 September from 2.30-3.30pm explaining how to avoid lock-in through the correct use of standards in public procurement.


Publication of the Regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market

These new rules will enable secure electronic transactions in Europe.


Webinar on the use of e-Documents in public administrations

Public administrations increasingly rely on electronic documents as an essential element in the digitisation of their administrative processes. In this Webinar ISA will present the findings of two studies conducted in the context of Action 2.15 of the ISA (Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations) Programme on e-Documents.


Monday, September 1, 2014

SALUS one of six candidates for EU Health Award 2014

Six cross-border health projects have been shortlisted for the European Health Award 2014. One of them is the EU-funded SALUS project. It developed a digital tool to register adverse drug events (or side effects), making drugs safer to use.


Video TLEMsafe: Pre-planning orthopaedic surgery

This patient-specific surgical navigation system allows the surgeon to pre-plan and simulate the outcome of extensive orthopaedic interventions.


Virtual Physiological Human Conference 2014

Biannual conference on in silico medicine, computational modelling and big data. Researchers are invited to submit an ePoster on their project.


6th International Advanced Research Workshop on In Silico Oncology and Cancer Investigation

In silico oncology is expected to significantly improve the effectiveness of treatment, since reliable computer predictions could suggest the optimal treatment scheme(s) and schedules for each separate case. This workshop is an opportunity for both shaping and advancing the new discipline. There also is a call for papers on the topic.


"Digital Records - The Patient Must Be Involved!"

Himss Insights (Vol. 2 Nr. 4, August 2014, page 33) published a debate with Benny Eklund, project coordinator of the EU-funded Sustains project. He argues why patients must have access to their digital records.