[AK-MI] Call for papers: Workshop ProHealth-2012 / KR4HC-2012

Elske Ammenwerth Elske.Ammenwerth at umit.at
Di Mär 20 08:08:02 CET 2012

5th International Workshop on Process-oriented Information Systems in
4th International Workshop on Knowledge Representation for Health Care

Tallinn, Estonia,  September 3rd, 2012
In conjunction with  the 10th International Conference on Business
Process Management (BPM12)
Workshop Web site:
Healthcare organizations are facing the challenge of delivering high
quality services to their patients at affordable costs. These challenges
become more prominent with the growth in the aging population with
chronic diseases and the rise of healthcare costs. High degree of
specialization of medical disciplines, huge amounts of medical knowledge
and patient data to be consulted in order to provide evidence-based
recommendations, and the need for personalized healthcare are prevalent
trends in this information-intensive domain. The emerging situation
necessitates computer-based support of healthcare process & knowledge
management as well as clinical decision-making.
This workshop brings together researchers from two communities who have
been addressing these challenges from two different perspectives. The
knowledge-representation for healthcare community, which is part of the
larger medical informatics community, has been focusing on knowledge
representation and reasoning to support knowledge management and
clinical decision-making. This community has been developing efficient
representations, technologies, and tools for integrating all the
important elements that health care providers work with: Electronic
Medical Records (EMRs) and healthcare information systems, clinical
practice guidelines, and standardized medical vocabularies. The
process-oriented information systems in healthcare community, which is
part of the larger business process management (BPM) community, has been
studying ways to adopt BPM technology in order to provide effective
solutions for healthcare process management. BPM technology has been
successfully used in other sectors for establishing process-aware
enterprise information systems (vs. collections of stand-alone systems
for different departments in the organization). Adopting BPM technology
in the healthcare sector is starting to address some of the unique
characteristics of healthcare processes, including their high degree of
flexibility, the integration with EMRs and shared semantics of
healthcare domain concepts, and the need for tight cooperation and
communication among medical care teams.
This joint workshop brings together two approaches: healthcare process
support, as addressed in previous ProHealth workshops, and healthcare
knowledge representation as dealt with in previous KR4HC workshops. The
workshop shall elaborate both the potential and the limitations of the
two approaches for supporting healthcare process & healthcare knowledge
management as well as clinical decision-making. It shall further provide
a forum wherein challenges, paradigms, and tools for optimized
knowledge-based clinical process support can be debated. We want to
bring together researchers and practitioners from these different, yet
similar fields to improve the understanding of domain specific
requirements, methods and theories, tools and techniques, and the gaps
between IT support and healthcare processes yet to be closed. This forum
also provides an opportunity to  explore how the approaches from the two
communities could be better integrated.
History of the Two Workshops
Providing computer-based support in healthcare is a topic that has been
picking up speed for more than two decades. We are witnessing a plethora
of different workshops devoted to various topics inv
olving computer
applications for healthcare. Our goal has been to try to join forces
with other communities in order to learn from each other, advance
science, and create a stronger and larger community. The history of the
two workshops, KR4HC and ProHealth demonstrates the efforts we have done
in that direction so far, reaching this year, a joint workshop between
communities who have been actively holding such workshops since the year
The first KR4HC workshop, held in conjunction with the 12th Artificial
Intelligence in Medicine conference (AIME'09), brought together members
of two existing communities: the clinical guidelines and protocols
community, who held a line of four workshops (European Workshop on
Computerized Guidelines and Protocols (CPG'2000, CPG'2004); AI
Techniques in Health Care: Evidence-based Guidelines and Protocols 2006;
Computer-based Clinical Guidelines and Protocols 2008) and a related
community who held a series of three workshops / special tracks devoted
to the formalization, organization, and deployment of procedural
knowledge in healthcare (CBMSí07 Special Track on Machine Learning and
Management of Health Care Procedural Knowledge 2007; From Medical
Knowledge to Global Health Care 2007; Knowledge Management for Health
Care Procedures 2008). Since then, two more KR4HC workshops have been
held, in conjunction with the ECAIí10 and the AIMEí11 conferences.
The first ProHealth workshop took place in the context of the 5th
International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM) in 2007.
The next three ProHealth Workshops were also held in conjunction with
BPM conferences (BPM'08, BPM'09, and BPM'11). The aim of ProHealth has
been to bring together researchers from the BPM and the Medical
Informatics communities. As the workshop was associated with the BPM
conference that had never been attended by researchers from the Medical
Informatics community, we had included Medical Informatics researchers
as keynote speakers of the workshop, members of the program committee,
and to our delight, saw a number of researchers from the Medical
Informatics community actively participating in ProHealth workshops.
Following the keynote talk given by Manfred Reichert from the BPM
community at the Artificial Intelligence in Medicine 2011 (AIME'11)
conference, where KR4HC was held, the organizers of ProHealth and KR4HC
workshops have shown their interest to hold their workshops in
conjunction as part of the BPM'12 conference, which marks a landmark in
the collaboration between the two communities. We are continuing the
efforts that started three years ago by members of the Software
Engineering in Health Care (SEHC) community to strengthen the
collaboration between the ProHealth and SEHC communities.

Original contributions are sought, regarding the development of theory,
techniques, and use cases of Artificial Intelligence and / or process
management in the area of healthcare, particularly connected to patient
data, clinical guidelines and healthcare processes.
Submitted papers will be evaluated on the basis of significance,
originality, technical quality, and exposition. Papers should clearly
establish their research contribution and the relation to the goals of
the workshop. The scope of the workshop includes, but is not limited to
the following areas:
-	   Process modeling in healthcare
-	   Computer-interpretable clinical guidelines / protocols and
decision support
-	   Workflow management in healthcare
-	   Semantic integration of healthcare processes with electronic
medical records
-	   Knowledge representation and ontologies for healthcare
-	   Temporal knowledge representations and exploitation
-	   Facilitating knowledge-acquisition of healthcare processes
-	   Visualization, monitoring and mining healthcare processes
-	   Knowledge extraction from healthcare databases and EPRs
-	   Knowledge combination, personalization and adaptation of
healthcare processes
-	   Compliance 
of healthcare processes
-	   Evaluation of quality and safety of careflow systems
-	   Managing flexibility and exceptions in healthcare processes
-	   Process optimization and simulation in healthcare
organizations and healthcare networks
-	   Experiences in deploying knowledge-based tools in healthcare
-	   Patient empowerment in healthcare
-	   Linking clinical care and clinical research
-	   Lifecycle management for healthcare processes
-	   Context-aware healthcare processes
-	   Ambient intelligence & smart processes in healthcare
-	   Mobile process support in healthcare
-	   Process interoperability & standards in healthcare
-	   Process-oriented system architectures in healthcare
The 1-day workshop will comprise accepted long and short papers, tool
presentations, and 1-2 keynotes. Papers should be submitted in advance
and will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee.
An informal proceedings will be available during the workshop. At least
one author for each accepted paper should register for the workshop and
present the paper. The selected best long (full) papers will be included
in the formal proceedings, which will be published as part of the LNAI
Springer series.

Prospective authors are invited to submit papers for presentation in
any of the areas listed above. Only papers in English will be accepted.
Three types of submissions are possible: (1) full papers (12 pages long)
reporting mature research results, (2) position papers reporting
research that may be in preliminary stage not yet been evaluated, and
(3) tool reports. Position papers and tool reports should be no longer
than 6 pages. Papers must present original research contributions not
concurrently submitted elsewhere.
Papers should be submitted in the LNCS  format. The title page must
contain a short abstract, a classification of the topics covered,
preferably using the list of topics above, and an indication of the
submission category (regular paper, position paper, or tool report).
Papers (in PDF format) should be submitted electronically via the
Easychair system

Deadline for workshop paper submissions: 1 June 2012
Notification of Acceptance: 2 July 2012
Camera-ready version: 30 July 2012
ProHealth/KR4HC Workshop: 3 September 2012

A Keynote talk entitled "The elicitation, representation, application,
and automated discovery of time-oriented declarative clinical knowledge:
The hidden aspect of supporting the automated application of procedural
medical knowledge" will be given by Prof. Yuval Shahar form Ben-Gurion
University, Israel.

Richard Lenz, University of Erlangen and Nuremberg, Germany
Silvia Miksch, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Mor Peleg, University of Haifa, Israel
Manfred Reichert, University of Ulm, Germany
David Riano, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain
Annette ten Teije, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The

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