This book contains the proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics (HEALTHINF 2015). This conference is sponsored by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC), in cooperation with the Special Interest Group on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Biomedical Informatics (ACM SIGBio), the Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence (ACM SIGAI), the Special Interest Group on Management Information Systems (ACM SIGMIS), EUROMICRO, the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH) and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). HEALTHINF is also technically co-sponsored by the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), the European Society for Engineering and Medicine (ESEM) and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE EMB). The purpose of the International Conference on Health Informatics is to bring together researchers and practitioners interested
in the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) to healthcare and medicine in general and to the specialized support to persons with special needs in particular. Databases, networking, graphical interfaces, intelligent decision support systems and specialized programming languages are just a few of the technologies currently used in medical informatics. Mobility and ubiquity in healthcare systems, standardization of technologies and procedures, certification, privacy are some of the issues that medical informatics professionals and the ICT industry in general need to address in order to further promote ICT in healthcare. In the case of medical rehabilitation and assistive technology the use of ICT has had important results in the enhancement of the quality of life, contributing to a full integration of all citizens in the societies they are also part of. HEALTHINF is integrated in BIOSTEC (International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies) a conference composed by five complementary and co-located conferences, namely: - BIODEVICES - the International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices; - BIOIMAGING - International Conference on Bioimaging; - BIOINFORMATICS - International Conference on Bioinformatics Models, Methods and Algorithms; - BIOSIGNALS - International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing; - HEALTHINF - International Conference on Health Informatics. The joint conference, BIOSTEC received 375 paper submissions from 62 countries, which demonstrates the success and global dimension of this conference. From these, 61 papers were published as full papers, 92 were accepted for short presentation and another 73 for poster presentation. These numbers, leading to a “full-paper” acceptance ratio of about 16% and an oral paper acceptance ratio close to 41%, show the intention of preserving a high quality forum for the next editions of this conference. BIOSTEC’s program includes a panel and five invited talks delivered by internationally distinguished speakers, namely: Erik Meijering (Erasmus University Medical Center, Netherlands), Lionel Pazart (CHU, France), Nuno Sousa (University of Minho, Portugal) and David Rose (MIT Media Lab, United States). The BIOSTEC program also includes a Doctoral Consortium on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies that brought together Ph.D. students within the biomedical field to discuss their research in an international forum. We would like to thank the Doctoral Consortium Chair, Roberto Longo, for his collaboration in providing this added-value to BIOSTEC. As in previous editions of the Conference, based on the reviewers’ evaluations and on the quality of presentations, a short list of authors will be selected and invited to submit extended revised versions of their papers for a book that will be published by Springer with the best papers of BIOSTEC 2015. A few papers will also be selected for publication of extended and revised versions in a special issue of the Journal Systems Biomedicine. We would like to express our thanks to all participants. First of all, to the authors, whose quality work is the essence of this conference. Next, we thank all the members of the program committee and the auxiliary reviewers for their diligence and expert reviewing. We would also like to deeply thank the invited speakers for their excellent contribution in sharing their knowledge and vision. Fourthly, we thank the HEALTHINF Program Co-chairs, Marta Bienkiewicz and Christine Verdier, whose collaboration was much appreciated. Finally, special thanks to all the members of the INSTICC team whose collaboration was fundamental for the success of this conference. We wish you all an inspiring conference and an unforgettable stay in Portugal, Lisbon and we hope to meet you again next year for HEALTHINF 2016, details of which will soon be available at http://www.healthinf.biostec.org.
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