1st International Workshop on Interoperable Healthcare Systems (IHS’2011) - Challenges, Technologies, and Trends

1st International Workshop on Interoperable Healthcare Systems (IHS’2011) - Challenges, Technologies, and Trends

Szczecin, Poland, September 18-21, 2011


According to a 2009 report published by the World Health Organization, "Globally in 2006, expenditure on health was about 8.7% of gross domestic product, with the highest level in the Americas at 12.8\% and the lowest in the South-East Asia Region at 3.4%. This translates to about US$716 per capita on the average but there is tremendous variation ranging from a very low US$31 per capita in the South-East Asia Region to a high of US$2636 per capita in the Americas" (\_WHS09\_Table7.pdf).

Spending on healthcare systems worldwide continues to surge in spite of the limited number of funding bodies besides governments. These systems have to include state of the art technologies and equipments to keep up the pace with the demands of a growing population and address the risks that diseases put on the welfare of this population. The rapid widespread of some diseases and scarcity of appropriate medical facilities in some countries are examples of challenges that healthcare stakeholders face daily. In addition the lack of a common healthcare systems interoperability framework undermines regularly the efforts put into offering better services that spread over multiple stakeholders. These systems are simply not meant to collaborate making any cross-system scenario tedious and error prone.

Aims and topics

This workshop aims at gathering researchers from the fields of IT and healthcare to think about the obstacles that hurdle the leveraging of interoperable IT healthcare applications. We target researchers from both industry and academia to join forces in this new area. We intend to discuss the recent and significant developments in the general area of healthcare systems. In particular, we hope to identify techniques from IT like service and ubiquitous l computing that will have the greatest impact on making healthcare systems collaborate.

Specific possible topics include (but not limited to) :

  • Service computing for interoperable healthcare systems
  • Agent computing for interoperable healthcare systems
  • Pervasive computing for interoperable healthcare systems
  • Standards for interoperable healthcare systems
  • Methods for healthcare systems design
  • Semantic technologies for healthcare systems
  • Privacy and security in healthcare systems
  • Mobile healthcare systems
  • Context management for healthcare systems
  • Protection of individual privacy for aggregate anonymous data
  • Healthcare security and privacy policies
  • Artificial intelligence technologies to support complex decision making in healthcare systems
  • Case studies


This workshop will be of particular interest to IT researchers who are working in the field of healthcare systems, those interested in developing open systems, in tracking and developing standards, and of general interest to anyone using IT for interoperable software development. We also believe that the Workshop's topic area will be of significant interest to the wider IT community and expect industry participation.


The format of the workshop in terms of number of sessions, types of papers (long or short), keynote speakers, and last but not least panel discussions will be set upon completing paper review and author notification. The workshop format will be designed to foster discussion and developing action outcomes on key issues relating to developing interoperable healthcare systems.

Paper Submission and Publication

  • Papers will be refereed and accepted on the basis of their scientific merit and relevance to the workshop.
  • Accepted and Presented paper will be published in the Conference Proceedings and included in the IEEE Xplore® database and indexed in the DBLP.
  • Authors should submit draft papers (as Postscript, PDF of MSWord file)
  • The total length of a paper should not exceed 8 pages (IEEE style). IEEE style templates are available here.
  • Extended versions of selected papers presented during the conference will be published as Special Issue(s) of journal(s) to be announced later.
  • Organizers reserve right to move accepted papers between FedCSIS events.

Important Dates

  • Paper Submissions: June 19, 2011
  • Authors Notifications: July 16, 2011
  • Final Submissions and Registrations: August 7, 2011
  • The Conference Dates: September 18 - 21, 2011

FedCSIS is organized by :

Under the auspices of the:

Polish Minister of Science
and Higher Education
prof. Barbara Kudrycka
President of the Polish
Academy of Sciences
prof. Michał Kleiber

Diamond Sponsor: