IEEE ICDH 2021 Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Note: Selected papers will be considered for a journal’s special issue/section. Journals under discussions at the present time include IEEE Transactions on Services, Tsinghua Science and Technology, etc.

IEEE International Conference on Digital Health (ICDH) is a prime international forum for both researchers and industry practitioners to exchange the latest fundamental advances in the state of the art and practice of digital health technologies, emerging research topics, and the future of digital health. ICDH aims to bring together leading researchers, community leaders and visionaries from academia and industry, end-users, and healthcare professionals, in the area of digital health to share their research, practical experience, and visions of the future of sustainable health and social care transformations.

Significant opportunities of research and development of the digital health ecosystem have been leading to new tools, techniques, analysis and automation of health care delivery models seeking improved outcomes for all related stakeholders including the patients and the health providers. Engaging multiple and new roles, including communities and individual patients in their own integrated healthcare delivery is one of the promising opportunities which can be made possible by the digital healthcare systems and service. Broadly speaking, related discovery, composition and provision of healthcare will need to be based on state of the art digital devices, infrastructures, technologies and decisions based on digital media/data so that quality factors including timing, granularity, scale, cost-effectiveness, safety, security, privacy, and precision are integral parts of the healthcare value chain ecosystem. Digital Health can include, among many other innovative methods, preventive and predictive capabilities of machine learning based data analytics, actionable recommendations based on in-situ monitoring and assessment of an individual’s real-time physical and cognitive performance, trade-off analysis between cloud-based versus edge-based sensory data streaming and data analytics.

ICDH will include a broad range of issues and concerns, including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Models and architectures of digital health and integrated digital health care services
  • Therapeutic algorithms and disease/condition-specific intervention service design (e.g., diabetes, obesity, COPD, dementia, post cancer treatment, allergies, mental health)
  • Patient/user-side design for digital health care that may address user needs, social isolation, assisted living for older adults and individuals with special needs, emergencies
  • Standardizing provider-side and user-side digital health, FHIR resources, profiles and extension for digital health
  • Delivery pathways co-design and provider/patient acceptability
  • Informatic, cybernetic and mediatic digital health platforms supportive of implementing digital health-based solutions and architectures
  • Crowd-sourcing and social media analysis for predicting and monitoring infectious disease outbreaks and planning and managing care and supply delivery
  • Digital health systems and tools for health care professional training and workforce development
  • Digital health technology to reduce disparity and increase inclusion of under-served and vulnerable communities
  • Digital health systems, software and services for medication adherence, improving patient and provider communication before, during and after hospital discharge
  • Digital Services to improve the health delivery outcomes in emergency room and ICU
  • Services to comply with privacy and security regulation in health care system such as HIPAA
  • Mobile health (mHealth) services and applications which include the use of mobile devices in collecting community and clinical health data, delivery of healthcare information to practitioners, researchers and patients
  • Real-time monitoring of patient vital signs and the direct provision of care (via mobile telemedicine) for training and collaboration of health workers
  • Health economics of services-oriented care delivery systems
  • Scalability issues for adopting digital health as services
  • Empirical study on savings in unit and total cost realized by patient and community engagement
  • The ethics of digital health

Manuscript Guidelines and Submission Information

Please download the paper template in WORD, LaTeX or Overleaf.

Language: English
Paper size and format: US Letter; Two-column format in the IEEE style
Page limit:

  • Every full paper submission can include up to 10 pages for the main contents (including all text, footnotes, figures, tables and appendices) with additional pages for appropriate references.
  • Up to three pages for “Work-in-Progress” paper submission (including main contents and references).
  • Please note that the above page limit will be applied without exception. Papers violating the page limit will regretfully be desk rejected.

Abstract Length: 1500 characters for a regular paper, and 500 characters for "work in progress" papers
Number of Keywords: between five to eight keywords for each paper
File format: Limit the size of a single PDF file to be 6MB

Anonymous Submissions: All conferences under IEEE SERVICES implement a double-blind reviewing process. Author names and affiliations should not appear in the paper. The authors should make a reasonable effort not to reveal their identities of institutional affiliations in the text, figures, photos, links, or other data that is contained in the paper. Authors' prior work should be preferably referred to in the third person; if this is not feasible, the references should be blinded. Submissions that violate these requirements will be rejected without review. The list of authors cannot be changed after the acceptance decision is made unless approved by the Program Chairs.

All submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. Accepted papers with confirmed registration and committed presentation will appear in the conference proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press. Recipients of "Best Paper", "Best Student Paper", and special paper awards will be presented with award certificates and cash prizes in the to-be-recorded Awards session of the conference. The authors of selected papers will be encouraged to submit extended and enhanced versions of their papers to the IEEE Transactions on Services Computing (TSC) and other suitable journals.

Submitted Regular, Workshop, and Work-in-Progress papers are REQUIRED to be formatted using the IEEE Proceedings template. Unformatted papers and papers beyond the page limit will not be reviewed.

Submission Link

Please submit your ICDH paper at

UPDATED: Important Dates (at 5:00am UTC)

Optional early paper submission: March 1, 2021
Improvement suggestions to early papers: April 1, 2021
Normal paper submission: April 15, 2021 April 30, 2021MAY 28, 2021
Rebuttal phase: June 1 - 7, 2021 June 15-21, 2021 JUNE 21-25, 2021July 3, 2021
Final notification to authors: June 17, 2021 June 30, 2021JULY 2, 2021 JULY 5, 2021
Camera-ready paper and registration due: July 1, 2021 July 15, 2021 JULY 20, 2021 July 21, 2021

Review Policy

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