2020 IEEE SERVICES - 2nd IEEE Digital Health as a Service Symposium/SMDS Symposium

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Call for Papers

Symposium Dates: October 20-21

DHAASS 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.

Looking at the health and integrated care system through services spectacles reveal significant opportunities for engaging digital health to affect an ecosystem shift in which a new health delivery model is unleashed. Engaging multiple and new roles, including communities and individual patients in their own integrated healthcare services delivery is one of the promising opportunities which can be made possible by the microservices structuring of the health and care system . Broadly speaking, related discovery, composition and provision of healthcare services will need to be based on cutting-edge computer technologies and 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 services 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.

DHAASS will embrace a broad spectrum of issues and concerns, including, but not limited to, the following topics related to digital health as services:

  • Microservices models and architectures of health and integrated care services
  • Disease/condition-specific provider microservice design (e.g., diabetes, obesity, COPD, dementia, post cancer treatment, allergies, Ear, Nose and Throat Conditions (ENT))
  • Patient/user-side microservices design (user needs, social isolation, assistive living for older adults and individuals with special needs, emergencies)
  • Standardizing provider-side and user-side microservices. FHIR resources, profiles and extension for digital health as a service
  • Microservices-based delivery pathways co-design and provider acceptability
  • Informatic, cybernetic and mediatic digital health platforms supportive of implementing microservices architecture
  • Community crowd-sourcing for delivery of health and care microservices
  • -----Microservices crowd-sourcing platforms
    -----Worker training and selection, reputation management, and micropayments
  • Mediation technology for peer group support (peer-sourcing)
  • Qualifying and activating user-side microservice requests: eligibility, fairness, properness, among other qualifications including irrational service user models (e.g., a dementia patient requesting the microservice repeatedly and forgetfully)
  • 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,
    -----for 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 microservices-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


Submitted papers must be solely the work of the author(s), must not have been previously published elsewhere, and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We strongly encourage interdisciplinary work involving end-users, health professionals, care providers and/or clinicians. We also encourage sharing of research tools and reproducible data as supplementary materials.

Four types of main track submissions:
  1. Full Research Papers: These papers describe original research contributions to the field of digital health. A research paper should clearly describe the problem, the state of the art with respect to the problem, the proposed solution and the validation and evaluation of the solution. (8 pages)
  2. Work-In-Progress: We also call for short research papers, which are intended to report WIP and early stage projects without complete validation and evaluation. (3 pages)
  3. Health Professional Track: Health professionals are invited to submit their experiences. This submission follows the format of Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions. (3 pages)
  4. Industrial Track: We invite technology- and product -focused submissions by the digital health technology industry. (2 pages)

  5. All contributions will be subject to a rigorous peer-review process, with an emphasis on originality, practicality and overall quality. Every paper will be reviewed by at least three committee members.

    In addition to the four tracks, we will also organize the following sessions:

    Posters and Demos: DHAASS will accept submission of Poster or Demo proposals, describing research results or ongoing research projects. Posters and Demos will be displayed/showcased in a dedicated area at the conference, and presented in the Posters/Demos session. (1 page)

    Tutorials: DHAASS will host half-day or full-day sessions toward the digital health literacy. We welcome healthcare specialists/technologists, who are eager to share their expertise/know-hows with participants from other disciplines and/or students, to submit tutorial proposals. (1 page)

    Panel Proposals: DHAASS will provide multiple opportunities for exchanging and discussing ideas with renowned experts from the digital health academia and practice. We call for proposals for panels on digital health related topics. (1 page)

    Digi-Healthon: DHAASS will provide students and others with a design sprint-like event to address given digital health problems and present their solution ideas/prototypes for competition. During this two-day event, the participants are expected to deliver innovative but useful software/hardware for digital health practitioners. The specific problem and design constraints will be set by the track chair at the beginning of the competition and the winners will get prizes. This submission follows the format of 1) Team name, 2) Team members (maximum of 5) with their short bios and 3) Motivation to partipate. It is higly recommended that the team members’ backgrounds are diverse (e.g., computing, medicine, nursing, etc.). (1 page)

    General manuscript guidelines and submission information is available at: https://conferences.computer.org/services/2020/cfp/callforpapers.html

    Submission Link: https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=ieeedhaass2020

    UPDATED: Important Dates

    Four Main Tracks (full research papers, work-in-progress, health professional and industrial tracks):
    • Submissions are due on: February 13 March 12, 2020 June 5, 2020 (5:00 am, UTC)
    • Final notification to authors: April 13 April 23, 2020 July 3, 2020
    • Camera ready manuscripts due: April 27 May 7, 2020 July 20, 2020
    All Other Tracks (posters and demos, tutorials, panels and digi-healthon tracks):
    • Submissions are due on: March 30 April 20, 2020 June 19, 2020 (5:00 am, UTC)
    • Final notification to authors: April 13 May 4, 2020 July 3, 2020
    • Camera ready manuscripts due: April 27 May 18, 2020 July 20, 2020


    DHAASS 2020 proceedings will be published as in a separate volume (entitled SERVICES) for the 2020 IEEE World Congress on Services, which will also publish proceedings as separate volumes for the other four co-located conferences including IEEE CLOUD, IEEE ICWS, IEEE SCC and IEEE SMDS. For the contents of DHAASS 2019 published by IEEE, please refer to the SERVICES 2019 Volume at: https://conferences.computer.org/services/2020/proceedings/


    Steering Committee:
    Chris Bain, Monash University
    Carl Chang, Iowa State University
    Sumi Helal, Lancaster University (Chair)
    Tien Hsu, National Central University
    Ramesh Jain, University of California, Irvine
    Lin Liu, Tsinghua University
    Christopher Nugent, Ulster University

    General Chairs:
    Carl K. Chang, Iowa State University
    Chris Nugent, Ulster University
    Guotong Xie, PingAn Group

    Program Co-Chairs:
    Sheikh (Iqbal) Ahamed, Marquette University
    Jaejoon Lee, University of East Anglia
    Pattanasak Mongkolwat, Mahidol University

    Posters and Demo Chairs:
    Chris Bull, Lancaster University
    Hossain Shahriar, Kennesaw State University

    Digi-Healthon Chair:
    Jaejoon Lee, University of East Anglia

    Program Committee
    Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed, Marquette University
    Ishtiaque Ahmed, University of Toronto
    Golam Ahsan, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
    Nabeel Al-Yateem, University of Sharjah
    Xiaomei Fu, Tianjin University
    Md Osman Gani, Miami University
    Md Munirul Haque, Indianapolis University
    Md Kamrul Hasan, Patuakhali Science & Technology University, Marquette University
    Anik Iqbal, Marquette University
    Tomohiro Kuroda, Kyoto University
    Jaejoon Lee, University of East Anglia
    Duckki Lee, Advanced Convergence R&D Lab, LG Electronics
    Praveen Madiraju, Marquette University
    AKM Jahangir Majumder, University of South Carolina Upstate
    Hua Ming, Oakland University
    Pattanasak Mongkolwat, Mahidol University
    Hongbo Ni, Northwestern Polytechnique University
    Katsunori Oyama, Nihon University
    Oluwafemi (Richie) Oyeleke, Iowa State University
    Syed Rahman, University of Sharjah
    Mohammad Ashiq Rahman, Florida International University
    John-Ross Rizzo, NYU Langone Health
    Daniel L. Rubin, Stanford University
    Hossain Shahriar, Kennesaw State University
    Prapat Suriyaphol, Mahidol University
    Hiroki Takakura, National Institute of Informatics
    Nawanan Theera-Ampornpunt, Mahidol University
    Farhana H. Zulkernine, Queen's University