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ENJECT Special COHEAT Session at ConTEL 2017

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Co-located with its annual Management Committee meeting, ENJECT participated in the 14th International Conference on Telecommunications in Zagreb, Croatia in June 2017.

The conference also hosted the second edition of the International Workshop on Connected Health Technologies (COHEAT 2017), organized as a Special Session within the program of ConTEL 2017 and dedicated to the dissemination of original contributions to new technology-enabled models of healthcare delivery. Focusing on the key feature of Connected Health’s potential to bring the patient into the management of their own care, through timely provision of relevant, health-related information and feedback, this event was organized in the framework of the COST Action TD1405 European Network for the Joint Evaluation of Connected Health Technologies (ENJECT).

This COHEAT session saw the presentation of four ENJECT authored papers and was led by our own Hrvoje Belani, who also organised ENJECT’s meeting and social activities for the duration of the MC’s stay in Zagreb.

Posted by Enject Editor on 13th November 2017

ENJECT on Connected Health

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To expand upon the definition of Connected Health as developed at ENJECT’s first management committee meeting over two years ago, the MC members present at a recent meeting  recorded a video further explaining Connected Health from their own unique personal expertise and insight into this multi-disciplinary approach to the management of health care.

Individual videos were also recorded and allowed the MC members to supplement their discussion in the Action overview video with additional knowledge and insight. These videos can be viewed via the following YouTube Channel link.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCta2lZ6tf_WFJOU0bCfH_MA/videos

Posted by Enject Editor on 9th November 2017

STSM Presentations in Paris

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As part of ENJECT’s Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) programme during Grant Period Two, a group of researchers presented the findings of a Case Report compiled in conjunction with their COST required Scientific Report and mission. Deemed to be a further benefit to the participant’s research and experience on the mission, the Action appealed for an additional Case Report drawing on the work already done during the STSM and in the Scientific Report. These Case Reports were then presented at a co-located Management Committee Meeting and Workshop held in February in Paris. Offering more detail on a certain aspect of each STSMs Scientific Report, it is hoped that these Case Reports will be compiled into a book and symposium of best case studies and delivered as part of ENJECT’s final Action activities.

Posted by Enject Editor on 11th September 2017

Conference Grants Offered to ITC* PhD Students and Early Career Investigators

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Encouraged by their success as a launching pad for researchers from less research-intensive countries, COST have initiated a new funding category which supports researchers from ITC Countries** with a fixed grant to attend Science and Technology related conferences. Any e-COST user (it’s easy to register) who is a PhD student or an Early Career Investigator (ECI) and is affiliated with an institution located in an ITC country participating in the Action can submit an application request for an ITC Conference Grant. Please see the official call below.
**The following countries are considered by COST to be Inclusiveness Target Countries:
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Serbia and Turkey
Start of Call Message
COST Action TD1405 ENJECT invites PhD Students and ECI Researchers from Participating ITC countries (listed above) to submit applications for the first call of Grant Period 3 for ITC Grant Funding which can occur up until 31 March 2018. Applications must be submitted at least 45 days before the conference start date to be eligible. 
 
The applicant must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD Student, postdoctoral fellow, or ECIs.
Purpose of the ITC Grants 
Conference Grants are aimed at supporting PhD students and ECI researchers from Participating ITC to attend international science and technology related conferences not specifically organised by the COST Action.
The following eligibility criteria applies:
1. Conference Grants are exclusively reserved for PhD students and ECI’s with a primary affiliation in an institution located in an ITC.
2. The applicant must make an oral/poster presentation at the conference in question and must be listed in the official event/conference programme. The main subject of the oral presentation / poster presentation / speech at the approved conference must be on the topic of the Action and must acknowledge COST (protocol will be distributed to candidates upon selection).
3. The participation of each applicant must be pre-approved by the Action MC. Attendance at European conferences is preferred. However, conferences held elsewhere can also be considered.
How to Apply
A complete e-COST profile (with institutional affiliation, education details, CV) is required for application purposes. This profile is easily created by visiting www.cost.eu and following the orange e-COST link in the banner at the top of the page.
Once the account is created, the applicant encodes a Conference Grant application by logging into e-COST and clicking on the ITC Conference Grants tab. The COST system will lead you through the steps and inform you of the required documentation to submit your application.
See link directly below for step-by-step applicant process:
Financial Support​
A Conference Grant is a fixed financial contribution which takes into consideration the budget request of the applicant and the outcome of the evaluation of the application by the delegated person(s).
Conference Grants do not necessarily cover all of the expenses related to participating in a given conference. A Conference Grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the selected Grantee.
The calculation of the financial contribution for each Conference Grant must respect the following criteria:
Up to a maximum of EUR 2 500 in total can be afforded to each successful applicant;
Up to a maximum of EUR 160 per day can be afforded for accommodation and meal expenses.
Up to a maximum of EUR 500 can be claimed for the conference fees to be incurred by the selected Grantee.
In addition when meal and accommodation expenses are supported by the hosting institution as part of the provisions offered in their conference package, the amount for subsistence afforded to each eligible participant must be deducted from the Grant. Documentary evidence of the conference fee amount must be provided by the applicant and must be archived by the Grant Holder along with the relevant administrative documents.
Evaluation Criteria

·         PhD student and ECI Researcher status

·         Articulated benefit from attending the conference for which funding is requested with regards to personal development and contribution to ENJECT’s scientific mission

·         CV and educational details

Requirements of the ITC Grant Awardee
The Grantee has 30 calendar days from the end date of the Conference in question to submit a scientific report to the Action Chair (or Vice-Chair if the Action Chair is affiliated to the Grant Holder Institution) and the Action’s Grant Holder. Payment of the Grant is subject to the submitted scientific report being approved by the Action Chair (or
Vice-Chair if the Action Chair is affiliated to the Grant Holder Institution). Written approval of the submitted scientific report must be sent to the Grant Holder for archiving purposes.​
Posted by Enject Editor on 15th August 2017

Travel Grants Available for Connected Health Research

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COST Action TD 1405 ENJECT invites researchers from participating COST Countries to submit applications for the 1st Call of the Grant Period for Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM) Applications for missions occurring between 22nd September 2017​ and 26th March 2018.

Purpose of a STSM

STSMs are aimed at strengthening existing networks and fostering collaborations by allowing Researchers participating in a given COST Action to visit an Institution/Organisation in another Participating COST country/an approved NNC institution or an approved IPC institution. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action, whilst at the same time allowing those partaking in the missions to learn new techniques and to gain access to specific data, instruments, and/or methods not available in their own institutions/organisations.

An overview of STSMs and their requirements can be found at the link below:

Overview of STSMs

Please see an outline of the application process at the following link:

Application Process

The following theme is applicable to applications for this round of STSMs.

Technology Needs and Constraints for Pervasive Connected Health

Following a period of intensive innovation in the area of Connected Health (CH) technology which has resulted in a range of scientific and commercial outputs, including standards, technologies, and best practices, the CH movement is now at a plateau stage where an understanding needs to be developed of how to address the lingering issues that continue to impede the progress of many initiatives from idea to market. These issues may range from technical (size, power consumption, lack of reliability) to algorithmic (diagnostic quality, robustness) and contextual (safety, security, lack of metrics) to workflow ones (user experience, evaluation quality) to business models (reimbursement, value inversion from sickness to wellness, payer/user divides).

The goal for our STSMs in the next phase of ENJECT is to develop an exhaustive list of current issues in CH, detailing their specifics and pointing out possible solutions as a starting point for discussion. This should be supported by testimonies of a full range of stakeholders (e.g. healthcare providers, patients, carers, and researchers in academia and industry). Of particular interest are examples of existing products which, for some reason, are not going to market, or examples of specific healthcare practices or treatments which are not yet possible because of concrete technological limitations. This work should enable us to construct a road-map for the next stage of development in CH by laying out the technical, commercial, and governance mechanisms that are needed for the continuing growth of CH.

Deadline for applications to be submitted: 8th September 2017

Notification of application outcome: 15th September 2017

Period of STSM: 22nd September 2017​ and 26th March 2018

All STSM activities must occur in their entirety within the period specified above.

Please note that the application page has been integrated in e-COST allowing the future STSM applicants to create a complete e-COST profile at the same time as their STSM application. This will help the applicants to download their Grant Notification Letter as soon as the application is approved.

STSM applications can now be made by clicking on the following link:

https://e-services.cost.eu/STSM

If you have any questions relating to an STSM application, please contact STSM co-ordinator, Kristina Drusany Staric (drusany@yahoo.com) or Jennifer (enject@ucd.ie).

Posted by Enject Editor on 5th July 2017

COHEAT 2017 Special Session on Connected Health Technologies Call for Papers EXTENDED

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Submission of papers for COHEAT 2017 Special Session on Connected Health Technologies has extended its deadline until 7th April. Please follow http://www.contel.hr/2017/cfp-special-session-coheat-2017/ for more details on the call for papers. Submissions will be handled through the EDAS Conference Management System. To submit a paper, please go directly to the paper submission portal available via https://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=22845&track=84957. Questions regarding the paper submission process the conference taking place 29th June in Zagreb, Croatia can be directed to enject@ucd.ie.

Posted by Enject Editor on 28th March 2017

STSM Case Report Presentation

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As part of ENJECT’s Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) programme, a group of researchers will present the findings of a Case Report compiled in conjunction with their COST required Scientific Report and mission. Deemed to be a further benefit to the participant’s research and experience on the mission, the Action appealed for an additional Case Report drawing on the work already done during the STSM and in the Scientific Report. It is hoped that these Case Reports, which offer more detail on a certain aspect of the Scientific Report, will be compiled into a book and symposium of best case studies and delivered in February 2017 at a joint Management Committee Meeting and Workshop.

Posted by Enject Editor on 13th December 2016

Connected Health Repository Under Development

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Working in collaboration with CHESS (Europe’s first networked Connected Health PhD training programme), the ENJECT network is in the process of developing an online storage facility dedicated to Connected Health Technology-themed publications.  Student reviewed articles, project reports, and outcomes can be stored, searched, and shared amongst fellow PhD students. With the Action website acting as a repository for cross-national information in the field of Connected Health Technology, it is hoped that the sharing of information between the multidisciplinary fields of Connected Health and the countries engaged in its study will be achieved .

Posted by Enject Editor on 13th December 2016

Published: Connected Health in Europe: Where We Are Today?

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The ENJECT Report entitled Connected Health in Europe: Where Are We Today? is complete and published. The survey used in the compilation of the report aimed to develop an understanding of Europe’s readiness to adopt Connected Health/eHealth solutions at both a regional and a European level.  Most of the questions were answered at a national level, but some countries reported apparent regional differences.

Two MC members from each representative country responded in tandem to a majority of the questions based upon their own knowledge and understanding of the policies and procedures in place in their respective counties to form one cohesive knowledge set. Time was allowed for the referencing of additional reports and input on individual questions. The final result of the report forms the basis for a comprehensive overview of the state of Connected Health readiness not only at a local, but also at a European wide, level.

The document has been assigned an ISBN number and will be stored in the UCD Open Access Central Repository where it can be searched and referenced. For a full .pdf version of the report, please use the following link: Final Report

Everyone’s effort is greatly appreciated. The final results deliver valuable insights and form the basis for future research on Connected Health readiness and implementation.  The Action’s continued work will ensure maximum dissemination of the output.

 

 

 

 

Posted by Enject Editor on 1st December 2016

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

Introduction
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
innovation
• 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

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