Deadline Extension for Submission in Research and Development of Software Engineering for Connected Health

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Special Issue: Software Engineering for Connected Health (SECH) in the Journal of Software Evolution and Process

Societal and demographic changes, coupled with economic challenges, have driven the need for transformation with respect to how we deliver health and social care in our community. Due to growing populations and medical advances, it is inevitable that healthcare demands will outgrow healthcare professionals’ capabilities to deliver safe quality care in a timely manner. A large component of healthcare transformative efforts focus on the need to support care delivery across various providers and settings. This need has given rise to the emergence of Connected Health – a new, yet complex socio-technical model for healthcare management. As a response to these growing needs, there has been significant growth in the development of new technologies to drive connectivity across the healthcare sector.

Connected Health has already contributed towards changes in healthcare practice and these changes highlight the growing reliance and trust we now place on healthcare systems and software embedded in technologies. Therefore, software engineering will continue to play a crucial role in healthcare transformation efforts thus requiring emphasis to be placed on Software Engineering for Connected Health. However, healthcare transformation efforts such as Connected Health are still in their infancy, and therefore we still need to learn about how to design and evaluate software to support endeavours such as Connected Health.

In this Special Issue of the Journal of Software Evolution and Process, we aim to extend the Connected Health field within Software Engineering by identifying the limitations of the existing theories and to develop new or revised theories of Software Engineering for Connected Health. Thus, we seek high quality, state-of-the-art research and practice papers dealing with the conception, development, testing, management, quality, maintenance, and evolution of healthcare software, systems and services, as well as the continuous improvement of processes and capabilities surrounding them within a Connected Health context. Papers can explore different software engineering models, methods, processes ranging from software quality, processes, design, interoperability, safety, security, workflow integration, compliance and regulatory, innovation and transformation, and software analytics. We are also interested in research on recent advances in software engineering to drive healthcare transformation through innovation and integration of software solutions. These may range from mobile solutions, implantable devices, electronic records, robotic-driven processes which demonstrate how software plays a critical role in the evolution of our modern healthcare service.

Submission Types
We are looking for a wide range of contributions and invite broad participation from people who are actively involved in research and development of Software Engineering for Connected Health and research areas of interest include but are not limited to:
• Healthcare software and systems design and evolution
• Connected Health software platforms and architectures
• Connected Health process improvement
• Globally distributed healthcare software projects
• Design and evaluation of software to support healthcare transformation efforts
• Connected Health software requirements
• Assessing healthcare organisation readiness, capability and maturity for Connected
Health software solutions
• Challenges and opportunities for Software-as-a-Medical Device
• Evolution of software processes in medical devices
• Assessing software quality in Connected Health innovation and medical devices
• Software processes improvement across Connected Health software, systems and services
• Emerging healthcare models required for Connected Health software, systems, and service
• Regulatory and standards requirements within Connected Health
• Monitoring and managing performance impact of software process changes
• Managing healthcare software systems and services
• Implementing new healthcare services and wearable devices

Submission and Important Dates
Full papers must be submitted by 23rd December 2016 to the Journal of Software Evolution and Process submission page: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jsme. (Special Issue: SECH)
Author Guidelines can be found at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)2047-7481/homepage/ForAuthors.html

Initial feedback on submissions will be provided by 22nd February 2017.

Guest Editors
Dr Noel Carroll Department of Computer Science & Information Systems, University of Limerick, is a Research Fellow at the Applied Research for Connected Health (ARCH) Technology Centre. He is the Data lead within ARCH and enjoys working on industry-led projects, collaborating with industry and various academic partners. Dr. Carroll’s research focus is on healthcare software systems and innovation management. He explores various techniques to assess and visualise the impact of technology on healthcare service networks and seeking novel methods to effectively communicate healthcare service process change. Dr. Carroll works on various aspects of Connected Health, for example, process modelling in e-pharmacy, healthcare innovation evaluation, medical device regulation and decision support systems. He currently supervises two PhD students in the field of Connected Health and has over 40 publications in refereed journals and conferences and book chapters. Dr. Carroll also contributed to FP7 projects such as the European Network of Excellence project ‘S-Cube’ – Software Services and Systems and ‘TRANSFoRm’ – Translational Research And Patient Safety In Europe and other national healthcare projects.
Email: noel.carroll@lero.ie

Prof Craig Kuziemsky, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, is an Associate Professor and University Research Chair in Healthcare Innovation. In 2013 he was named The University of Ottawa Young Researcher of the Year in the Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2014 he received an NSERC Discovery grant to study the design of computer based contextual models for collaborative teamwork. Prof Kuziemsky’s research focuses on developing new approaches for modeling collaborative healthcare delivery so we can better design information and communication technology (ICT) to support different contexts of collaboration. His work has defined the structural aspects necessary to support collaboration as well as the behavioral and social processes that shape how the structural components work. His studies of collaboration have used concepts such as complexity theory to understand the nature of collaborative interactions in different healthcare settings (clinical healthcare and public health for disaster management).
Email: kuziemsky@telfer.uottawa.ca

Prof Ita Richardson, Department of Computer Science & Information Systems, University of Limerick, is a Funded Investigator within Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre, with responsibility for research projects worth over €2million, and in ARCH, as Principal Investigator for the Data/Systems research. The focus of her research is on software process and assessment and the quality of use of software in a variety of domains, including hospitals and clinics, medical device and financial services. Prof Richardson has graduated 14 PhD students and 1 Habilitation student to completion, is currently supervising 5 PhD students, some of whom are part-time and industry-based and has supervised Senior Research Fellows and Research Fellows for the past 15 years. Prof Richardson has over 200 publications in refereed journals and conferences, book chapters and edited books. Prof Richardson carries out industry-based research with indigenous Irish companies such as HomeSafe Care and Ocuco, and multi-national organisations such as Vitalograph, IBM, and Intel Shannon. She also researches with the Health Service Executive, specifically within Limerick Public Hospitals, where her team have developed H-QAP – a Hospital Quality Assurance Program. Current projects include the establishment of an Innovation model for Connected Health development in Clinical situations and an Investigation into measurable improvements within Radiography due to Connected Health implementation.
Email: Ita.Richardson@lero.ie

Posted by enjAdmin01 on 22nd September 2016

Intensive Course 24th-25th November: Game Design Thinking for Healthcare Presented by Dr Guido Giunti

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A two day course will be held Thursday 24th-Friday 25th November at the Tellus Stage on the main campus at the University of Oulu in Finland. Finishing off the week prior to the Monday 28th November kick-off of ENJECT’s Winter Training School (separate registration) co-located at the University of Oulu’s main campus, this intensive course will explore the integration of gamification technology with the need and want for a healthy lifestyle. There is no charge for this course.

The basics of gamification, engagement science, and how the interaction of these two concepts drives behaviour regarding healthcare and its management will be explored. The fundamentals behind gamification and engagement will be covered along with game mechanics, dynamics, player types, and key systems thinking.

By the end of the course, attendees will understand the following topics:

  • What gamification is and isn’t
  • The science behind engagement and gamification
  • How gamification can transform experiences
  • What the different player types are and how to design for them
  • The state of the art in healthcare
  • How to tailor gamified interventions for healthcare scenarios

Combining pre-assignments with two days of hand-on learning, students will complete approximately 2 ECTS worth of work verified with a certificate presented at the completion of the course.

Up to 20 students will be accepted onto the course with priority given to Master’s and PhD students should demand be high. Please email your CV (including educational background and work experience) with a short motivation letter under the subject heading “Gamification Intensive Course” to minna.isomursu@oulu.fi by 10th October.

Please follow http://interact.oulu.fi/site/game-design-thinking for more details.

Instructor background: Dr. Guido Giunti is a Medical Doctor and eHealth specialist experienced in Healthcare Innovation. Currently working as Medical Advisor and Research Fellow in Salumedia Tecnologías, he is a former Clinical Informatics Research fellow at the Italian Hospital of Beunos Aries and was staff writer for nearly 3 years at iMedicalApps.com. He has spoken at multiple international healthcare IT conferences and seminars. An internal medicine teacher and instructor at NuVu Studio, an innovative education institute related to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr Giunti is currently working on his PhD which focuses on persuasive technology use and gamification to encourage healthy behaviours in patients with chronic conditions.

Posted by enjAdmin01 on 9th September 2016

Europe’s first networked Connected Health PhD training programme wins €3.9m

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400w-CHESS-logo-with-text18 partner organisations from 8 European countries including universities, companies and healthcare providers have come together to redesign researcher education for connected health.  6 of the 8 core funded partners are members of the ENJECT cost action.

CHESS (the Connected Health Early Stage Researcher Support System) has been funded to the tune of €3.9 million Euro under the Horizon2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme.   CHESS will develop connected health scientists and champions who understand multiple domains, can communicate in an interdisciplinary world and can operate across the education, industry, health and policy sectors.  It will include intersectoral secondments, interdisciplinary communication skills, public engagement and outreach with particular focus on patient, clinician and policy-maker audiences.

While developing and supporting these emerging connected health scientists and champions, CHESS will also deliver a comprehensive research programme that seeks to fill some of the key gaps in Connected Health research to-date.

Connected Health combines state-of-the-art technologies, tools, methodologies, and analytics to create a new health management model by connecting people and actionable information in a health care system that gathers, links, interprets, and consolidates information from various sources Faster, more accurate communication between GPs, hospitals, allied healthcare, and other stakeholders means that clinicians can make contextual decisions and communicate health and treatment options to patients. CH creates an environment where patients are treated in the best location by the best practitioner using the most relevant and efficient methods saving money and lives while ensuring a better quality of life during and post-treatment.

CHESS lead principal investigator, Professor Brian Caulfield, University College Dublin, Ireland, outlines the need for CHESS:

“Despite a clear need articulated repeatedly at national and international levels and the evident promise of CH solutions, implementation of end-to-end CH solutions in everyday management of health is not widespread across Europe.  CHESS will work to better understand and address some of these challenges through 15 networked research projects.”


Posted by enjAdmin01 on 19th August 2015

Connected Health defined at ENJECT Porto workshop

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400w-porto-workshopResearchers from across Europe came together in INESC, Campus da FEUP, Porto on the 9th of March to agree on the definition of Connected Health.

In a one day workshop, academics, clinicians, industry and policy representatives took a multi-disciplinary approach to the challenge of defining what is, in effect is a utopian vision that consists of many building blocks.

The agreed scope statement was for the ENJECT network resulting from the workshop read as follows:

“Connected Health is a paradigm shift looking after the individual and community health in a process that speaks to the health journey of the person through the entire lifespan leveraging a variety of technologies to do so.”

The next steps for ENJECT were agreed and include the drafting of a survey document and completion of the document by ENJECT representatives for their respective countries.  The network will also produce a white paper that describes the problem, the vision, and the requirements.


Posted by enjAdmin01 on 18th August 2015

ENJECT hosts workshop at ICT Innovations Conference, F.Y.R Macedonia

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400w-Prof-Brian-CaulfieldThe special conference topic this year is “Emerging technologies for better living”. Advances in technology are making tremendous impact on all of our lives. New technologies and science have transformed the working and the living environments making them safer, more convenient, and more connected.

They can provide direct or indirect improvements in the quality of life for people in their homes, can contribute to improve the autonomy of many people with disability or in situation of dependency, can reduce the financial burden on the budgets, etc. Therefore, this conference aims to bring, for academics as well as industrial practitioners, an overview of the emerging technologies, systems, applications, and standardization activities for better living, and identify their opportunities and challenges.

The conference will include a one day workshop on Connected Health co-ordinated by the ENJECT Cost network and will feature a keynote address by the Chair of the ENJECT network, Professor Brian Caulfield.  Prof Caulfield will present the baseline results of the ENJECT European Connected Health readiness survey.


Posted by enjAdmin01 on 17th August 2015


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