Friday, December 12, 2014

116 in Croatia

In Croatia, three of the five 116 numbers are currently operational


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Call for Chapters: M-Health Innovations for Patient-Centered Care

Call for Chapters: M-Health Innovations for Patient-Centered Care


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

Proposals Submission Deadline: December 30, 2014

Full Chapters Due: April 30, 2015

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

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M-Health is increasingly being used in the health care field since its use is becoming a cost-effective method of identifying and monitoring health issues, as well as guiding the formulation of health policies. Programs to support the professional development of people in the health field, using mHealth technology, are becoming readily available. mHealth also provides health professionals with access to patient data as well as access to various information sources, both of which provide valuable assistance in the diagnosis and formulation of treatment. Individuals can use mHealth to access resource materials on health issues. Patients can self-monitor and transmit information to their health care provider making mHealth particularly important to people living in remote areas or those who are physically impaired.

While the timely emergence of mHealth will not resolve all problems, it offers unique opportunities to reduce cost, increase efficiencies, and improve the quality and access to care. Home-based monitoring will help hospitals track patient recovery and compliance, thereby minimizing costly episodes of re-admission. Coordination between departments and providers will reduce wasteful spending and improve quality of care. Moreover, with rapid consumer adoption of smartphones, physicians can now perform two-way videoconferencing. Patients and physicians will have access to medical records and vital signs. Wireless technology will also allow physicians to serve more patients despite geographical limitations.

In this context, the book will explore the emergence of mHealth in the healthcare setting. It will focus on the broad range of technologies available, tackle the effects of mHealth on the industry and stakeholders, explore the infrastructure and architecture needed to support these technologies, discuss the evolvement of various stakeholders and the impact of mHealth on existing technology, and analyze the transformation of the business model. Looking forward, it will demistify the impact of consumer-centric healthcare, and how it might reshape access, quality and treatment.


The book will provide an overview of mHealth technologies that 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 Interaction of mHealth and quality in healthcare.

Target Audience

This book intends to:

• support students understanding of the effect of mHealth technologies on quality in healthcare

• help healthcare professionals better understand the needs of their patients

• act as an assistant for patients to derive more benefits from their healthcare

• encourage e-health systems designers and managers to ground everyday practice on mHealth technologies

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

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

• Potential of mHealth

• Market potential of mHealth

• Business modeling for mHealth

• Data Protection and Security of data in mHealth

• Big Data and mHealth

• Mobile Telemedicine

• Practical applications of mHealth

• The legal framework of mHealth

• Quality and mHealth

• Patient Safety and mHealth

• Role of mHealth in the healthcare systems

• Interoperability and mHealth

• Reimbursement models of mHealth

• Potential liabilities from the use of mHealth

• Research and innovation in mHealth

• International cooperation and mHealth

• Socio-economic impact of mHealth

• The future of mHealth

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before December 30, 2014, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by January 15, 2015 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by April 30, 2015. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication,M-Health Innovations for Patient-Centered Care. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2016.

Important Dates

December 30, 2014: Proposal Submission Deadline

January 15, 2015: Notification of Acceptance

April 30, 2015: Full Chapter Submission

June 30, 2015: Review Results Returned

August 15, 2015: Final Acceptance Notification

August 30, 2015: Final Chapter Submission


Dr. Anastasius Moumtzoglou

P. & A. Kyriakou Children’s Hospital

Thivon & Levadias, 11527 Athens, Greece

Tel.: +302132009822 • GSM: +306974558870


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Call for Papers: 28th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems (CBMS 2015)

Call for Papers: 28th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems (CBMS 2015)

June 22th to 25th, 2015 Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

Important Dates

Abstract submission: January 13th, 2015

Paper submission: January 20th, 2015

Notification: March 10th, 2015

Camera-ready paper submission: April 10th, 2015

Registration for authors: April 10th 2015

CBMS 2015 symposium: June 22nd - 25th, 2015

The 28th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems (CBMS 2015) will be held at the Mathematics and Computer Science Institute, with the University of São Paulo at São Carlos and at Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, from June 22th to 25th, 2015. Attracting a worldwide audience, CBMS is the premier conference for computational medicine, providing a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and technologies between academics and industrial scientists. The scientific program of CBMS 2015 will consist of technical and poster sessions encompassing the contributions reviewed and selected by an international program committee, as well as keynote talks and tutorials given by leading experts in their fields. CBMS 2015 is organized in 9 areas, as follows:

A - Big and Everywhere Data Management

B - Data Analysis and Knowledge Discovery

C - Knowledge Representation

D - Decision Support and Recommendation Systems

E - Systems Integration and Security

F - Signal and Image Processing and Analysis

G - Clinical and Healthcare Services Research

H - Medical Education and Collaboration

I - Robotics

We invite original, previously unpublished contributions that are not concurrently submitted to a journal or another conference. Follows is presented a list of topics. Submissions which do not fit into any of the below categories, but still relate to the use of computing in healthcare and medicine, as part of a CBMS 2015 supported area, are also welcomed and encouraged.

Clinical Decision Support (Expert systems, Computer-Aided Diagnosis, Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining)

Collaboration tools (Social media, web apps, patient education)

Content Analysis of Biomedical Image Data

Data processing and analysis (data modeling, data structures, algorithms)

Electronic medical records and systems integration (e-Health)

Handheld Computing Applications in Medicine

Health and Wellbeing

Machine Vision in Medicine

Medical Data Streams

Medical Devices with Embedded Computers

Medical Databases Information Systems

Medical education and patient simulation

Medical Robotics

Medical Image Segmentation/Compression

Multimedia Biomedical Databases

Network and Telemedicine Systems

Ontologies and natural language processing

Pervasive Health Systems and Services

Security and privacy

Signal and Image Processing in Medicine

Software Systems in Medicine

Web-Based Delivery of Medical Information

Call for Papers: MindCare 2015--5th International Symposium on Pervasive Computing Paradigms for Mental Health

Call for Papers: MindCare 2015--5th International Symposium on Pervasive Computing Paradigms for Mental Health

September 24–25, 2015 Milan, Italy

MindCare 2015 will continue the tradition of being a place where technological, medical and psychological disciplines meet. It hosts top researchers and practitioners focused on exploiting technological advancements to maintain and/or improve mental health. Technology is allowing the acquisition of new information about individuals’ mental wellbeing, which further leads to an improved diagnosis and a better support to both healthy subjects and patients, ultimately providing opportunities for higher quality of mental patients’ life and extending the theoretical knowledge. In this regard, we are soliciting high-quality papers in the following topics (but not limited to):

Sensing and data processing

Wearable computing

Smart environments

Biomedical devices

Speech Analysis

Big data for individual / public health

Computational Psychometrics

Combined sensing systems and infrastructures

Computer-enhanced self reporting

Machine learning and data mining methods

User experience

Novel interfaces

Usability studies


Augmented reality

Virtual reality approaches


Mental wellbeing support

Stress / Emotional response analysis

Affective computing

Serious games for mental health

Cognitive stimulation

Life-logging methods

Monitoring activities relevant to mental health

Psychological treatments of mental disorders

Systems to support patients and / or caregivers

Using technology to improve the understanding of cognitive processes

Tools for Neuropsychological Assessment and Rehabilitation

Mental health promotion and disorders prevention

Important dates

Paper submission due - June 1st, 2015

Acceptance Notification - August 17th, 2015

Camera‐ready deadline - September 1st, 2015