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Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics

February 11-14, 2013, in Barcelona, Spain

ISBN: 978-989-8565-37-2

ISSN: 2184-4305

Conference Link: http://www.healthinf.biostec.org/

Foreword: This book contains the proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics (HEALTHINF 2013). In collaboration with the University of Vic, this conference is sponsored by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC) in cooperation with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and technically co-sponsored by the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and European Society for Engineering and Medicine (ESEM). 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 four complementary and co-located conferences, namely: BIODEVICES (International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices), BIOINFORMATICS (International Conference on Bioinformatics Models, Methods and Algorithms), BIOSIGNALS (International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing) and HEALTHINF. The joint conference, BIOSTEC, received 392 paper submissions from 57 countries in all continents. To evaluate each submission, a double blind paper review was performed by the Program Committee. After a stringent selection process, 56 papers were published and presented as full papers, i.e. completed work (10 pages/30’ oral presentation), 100 papers reflecting work-in-progress or position papers were accepted for short presentation, and another 88 contributions were accepted for poster presentation. These numbers, leading to a “full-paper” acceptance ratio of about 14% and a total oral paper presentations acceptance ratio close to 40%, show the intention of preserving a high quality forum for the next editions of this conference. BIOSTEC’s program includes panels and six invited talks delivered by internationally distinguished speakers, namely: Pedro Gómez Vilda (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain), Christian Jutten (GIPSA-lab, France), Adam Kampff (Champalimaud Foundation, Portugal), Richard Reilly (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland), Vladimir Devyatkov (Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russian Federation) and Pietro Liò (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom). 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 2013. 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 chair, Deborah Stacey, 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 Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain and we hope to meet you again next year for HEALTHINF 2014, details of which will soon be available at http://www.healthinf.biostec.org. (More)


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