HEALTHINF is organized by INSTICC (Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication).


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 a forum for debating all these aspects. Furthermore, this conference is also a meeting place for those interested in understanding the human and social implications of technology, not only in healthcare systems but in other aspects of human-machine interaction such as accessibility issues.

HEALTHINF encourages authors to submit papers to one of the main topics indicated below, describing original work, including methods, techniques, advanced prototypes, applications, systems, tools or survey papers, reporting research results and/or indicating future directions. Accepted papers will be presented at the conference by one of the authors and published in the proceedings. Acceptance will be based on quality, relevance and originality. There will be both oral and poster sessions.
The proceedings will be indexed by several major international indexers.
Special sessions are also welcome. Please contact the secretariat for further information on how to propose a special session. Additional information can be found at https://healthinf.org.


- e-Health
- Telemedicine
- Medical and Nursing Informatics
- Design and development methodologies for Healthcare IT
- Interoperability
- Semantic Interoperability
- Confidentiality and Data Security
- Knowledge management
- Databases and Datawarehousing
- Datamining
- Support for clinical decision-making
- Expert Systems in Healthcare
- Wearable Health Informatics
- Mobile technologies for Healthcare applications
- Evaluation and use of Healthcare IT
- Physiological Modeling
- Cognitive Informatics
- Affective Computing
- Therapeutic Systems and Technologies
- e-Commerce in Health Sector
- Healthcare Management Systems
- Human-Machine Interfaces for Disabled Persons
- Development of Assistive Technology systems for Independent Living
- Cognitive rehabilitation
- ICT, Ageing and Disability
- Practice based Research Methods for Healthcare IT


Edward H. Shortliffe, Arizona State University, United States
Vimla L. Patel, Arizona State University, United States
Pier Luigi Emiliani, Institute of Applied Physics “Nello Carrara” (IFAC) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), Italy
Maciej Ogorzalek, Jagiellonian University, Poland


Authors should submit an original paper in English, carefully checked for correct grammar and spelling, using the on-line submission procedure. Please check the paper formats so you may be aware of the accepted paper page limits.
The guidelines for paper formatting provided at the conference web site must be strictly used for all submitted papers. The submission format is the same as the camera-ready format. Please check and carefully follow the instructions and templates provided.
Each paper should clearly indicate the nature of its technical/scientific contribution, and the problems, domains or environments to which it is applicable.
Papers that are out of the conference scope or contain any form of plagiarism will be rejected without reviews.

Remarks about the on-line submission procedure:
1. A "double-blind" paper evaluation method will be used. To facilitate that, the authors are kindly requested to produce and provide the paper, WITHOUT any reference to any of the authors. This means that is necessary to remove the authors personal details, the acknowledgements section and any reference that may disclose the authors identity.
LaTeX/PS/PDF/DOC/DOCX/RTF format are accepted.
2. The web submission procedure automatically sends an acknowledgement, by e-mail, to the contact author.

Paper submission types
Regular Paper Submission
A regular paper presents a work where the research is completed or almost finished. It does not necessary means that the acceptance is as a full paper. It may be accepted as a “full paper” (30 min. oral presentation) , a “short paper” (20 min. oral presentation) or a “poster”.

Position Paper Submission
A position paper presents an arguable opinion about an issue. The goal of a position paper is to convince the audience that your opinion is valid and worth listening to, without the need to present completed research work and/or validated results. It is, nevertheless, important to support your argument with evidence to ensure the validity of your claims. A position paper may be a short report and discussion of ideas, facts, situations, methods, procedures or results of scientific research (bibliographic, experimental, theoretical, or other) focused on one of the conference topic areas. The acceptance of a position paper is restricted to the categories of "short paper" or "poster", i.e. a position paper is not a candidate to acceptance as "full paper".

After the reviewing process is completed, the contact author (the author who submits the paper) of each paper will be notified of the result, by e-mail. The authors are required to follow the reviews in order to improve their paper before the camera-ready submission.

All accepted papers will be published in the proceedings, under an ISBN reference, in paper and in CD-ROM support.


All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, in paper and in CD-ROM support.
A book including a selection of the best conference papers will be edited and published by Springer.


Conference date: 14 - 17 January, 2009

Regular Paper Submission: July 21, 2008 (deadline expired)
Authors Notification (regular papers): October 9, 2008
Final Regular Paper Submission and Registration: October 23, 2008

Position Paper Submission: September 23, 2008
Authors Notification (position papers): October 16, 2008
Final Position Paper Submission and Registration: October 28, 2008


HEALTHINF Secretariat
Address: Av. D.Manuel I, 27A 2ºesq.
              2910-595 Setúbal - Portugal
Tel.: +351 265 520 185
Fax: +44 203 014 5436
Web: https://healthinf.org


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Ana Fred, IST - Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Joaquim Filipe, Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal / INSTICC, Portugal
Hugo Gamboa, Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal


Luis Azevedo, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Ana Rita Londral, ANDITEC,Portugal

Osman Abul, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Turkey
Arnold Baca, University of Vienna, Austria
Anna Divoli, University of Chicago, United States
Adrie Dumay, The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research TNO, Netherlands
Mourad Elloumi, University of Tunis, Tunisia
Alexandru Floares, SAIA, Romania
Jose Fonseca, UNINOVA, Portugal
David Greenhalgh, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
Tiago Guerreiro, Inesc-id, Portugal
Cigdem Gunduz-Demir, Bilkent University, Turkey
Jin-Kao Hao, University of Angers, France
Chun-Hsi Huang, University of Connecticut, United States
Stavros Karkanis, Technologial Educational Institute of Lamia, Greece
Andreas Kerren, Vaxj University, Sweden
Georgios Kontaxakis, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
Athina Lazakidou, University of Peloponnese, Greece
Dan Mandru, Technical University of Cluj Napoca, Romania
Alice Maynard, Future Inclusion, United Kingdom
Boleslaw Mikolajczak, University Of Massachusetts Dartmouth, United States
Ahmed Morsy, Cairo University, Egypt
Chris Nugent, University of Ulster, United Kingdom
Oleg Okun, Precise Biometrics AB, Sweden
Chaoyi Pang, Australian e-Health Research Centre, Australia
Leif Peterson, The Methodist Hospital, United States
Axel Rasche, MPI for Molecular Genetics, Germany
Marcos Rodrigues, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
George Sakellaropoulos, University of Patras, Greece
Nickolas Sapidis, University of the Aegean, Greece
Boris Shishkov, IICREST, Bulgaria
John Stankovic, University of Virginia, United States
Adrian Tkacz, BioMedical-IT, Poland
Ioannis Tsamardinos, University of Crete, Greece
Hassan Ugail, School of Informatics, United Kingdom
Aristides Vagelatos, RACTI, Greece
Athanasios Vasilakos, University of Western Macedonia, Greece
Jana Zvarova, Institute of Computer Science Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic
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