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eHealth 2008 - Electronic healthcare for the 21st century

eHealth 2008 at the City University, London between the 8th and 9th of September, 2008. This event is devoted to analyze the role that eHealth will play in the delivery of healthcare records across the globe.

Today's advancement of eHealth products and applications and their wider level of implementation along several countries across the globe has made the policy makers and other stakeholders to assess carefully future developments, taking into account the need to build seamless information exchange networks across regions and countries. eHealth developments are improving the right of access to quality healthcare regardless of their personal condition and geographical location, allowing the selection of the appropriate health resource from anywhere at any time. Far from restricting growth, the drive in standardization in individual countries is stimulating take-up and new products. Taking an overall view, as more IT vendors comply with government regulation, the systems integrate better and customers and clients receive more efficient products.

Rigid standards also encourage new companies to supply equipment and software to the market, as not only do they not have to design specific systems for each country but also government funds may, in some case, be available for development. This is particularly true for North American healthcare IT companies, which have previous experience complying with regulations in their home continent. The different tracks and sessions of the Conference will favor the dissemination of results of research and technological innovation and allow the exchange of eHealth experiences between the various countries and regions, facilitating the definition of health and technology strategies and policies.

This Conference is organized as a meeting point for telecare product vendors, policy makers, government ministers, academics, clinicians and all those involved in electronic & mobile health, to examine and to share ideas contributing to the advancement of telecare into the 21st century.

HAWAII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SYSTEM SCIENCES

International Conference on System Sciences, Hawaii, 5-8 January 2009

Track: Information Technology in Health Care
Minitrack:
Healthcare Systems Off the Ward

There is an ongoing and accelerating move to provide medical healthcare outside of traditional healthcare settings, both for reasons of financial expediency (reducing visits to hospital and primary care physicians and earlier discharge) and improving patients' quality of life. One of the most radical shifts that has happened can be seen in the deployment of small, mobile medical devices in the home, and that can be operated by users and home-based carers, although with variations in the extent of device and therapeutic management across users and medical practitioners. Some of these involve complex data interpretation and physical placement which makes their design and organisational deployment particularly interesting and problematic. This move away from the hospital as a site for operating medical technology has a huge number of implications around how best to achieve this radical change to the use of medical devices, ranging from the design of device interfaces to the training of users to make effective use of the technology.

Topics and research areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Mobile healthcare devices: Interaction design, Context of use, Data representation design issues, Accommodating the diversity of users and their specific needs
  • Organisational issues related to home-based healthcare: Issues ranging from user needs, training to information management
  • Stakeholders and service design

Workshop on Cognitive Collaborative Appliances: From Theory to Praxis

Workshop on Cognitive Collaborative Appliances: From Theory to Praxis - To be held in ECAI 2008, Patras, Greece, 21-22 July 2008

Major issues to be discussed at this workshop include the following

  1. What exactly are the principles upon which we can develop CCAs?

  2. To what extend these principles should drive the development of the target CCAs?

  3. Are domain/context-independent frameworks and technologies available that can readily be used for the development of CCA systems? How far are we from having such tools?

  4. How should we evaluate the performance of the available tools and systems?

The list of topics within the interest of this workshop includes:

  • Computational frameworks/theories/methodologies for CCAs: state-of-the art, issues and challenges

  • Context awareness (context sensing, affect/mood recognition, situation/event recognition, context-sensitive reactivity and plan management)

  • User profiling and system adaptation (including single- and multi-agent system adaptation)

  • Decision making (plan management techniques, reasoning with uncertainty)

  • Intelligent interaction (dialogue management, natural multimodal interfaces, human-robot interaction)

  • Applications (ambient intelligence, medical therapy, games, entertainment, personal wellness, etc.)

This will be a full-day workshop aiming to bring together people working on agent-based systems, collaborative planning, distributed and conditional planning techniques, cognitive scientists, people working on affective computing, cognitive robotics, human-robots interaction, knowledge management, intelligent assistive technologies, ambient intelligence, adaptive and self-organizing systems .

 

 

Developing successful business cases for TeleHealth

Friday 30 May 2008

Venue: The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE

Organised by the Telemed and eHealth Forum of the Royal Society of Medicine, this half-day workshop will support healthcare commissioners, public and private service developers, physicians and other healthcare providers as well as telehealth equipment vendors in developing successful business cases for sustainable telehealth services, and in better understanding the requirements and constrains of other actors involved in the healthcare value system.

SafetyNet from CreateAbility Concepts, Inc.

SafetyNet (Availability: March 2007)

SafetyNet is a network (the Net in SafetyNet) of small intelligent sensors that enables supported independence and safety for people with cognitive disabilities.  SafetyNet empowers people to live independently, without the risk of accidentally burning down the house because the space heater or stove was left on too long.

SafetyNet is the first system designed specifically for this audience that has the ability to: 1) detect the status of specific factors in the environment, and then 2) dynamically adjust the delivery of task prompts to properly coach the individual with a cognitive disability based on these factors.  This greatly facilitates freedom and independence without compromising safety.

The built in natural support mechanisms promote independence, enhance self-esteem, and create opportunities for self-direction in a respectful, non-invasive approach.  Activities of daily living can be accomplished without assistance and without compromising safety.

The broader impact of living independently creates the foundation necessary for people with cognitive disabilities to obtain employment, further enhancing their sense of independence and value.

The SafetyNet system includes all hardware and software and documentation, including the following:

  • SafetyNet Server and BaseStation – collects sensor data and beams alerts to handheld
  • Pocket PC – handheld alerting device

Each of the three sensors are housed in a small, wireless, battery powered module:

  • Electrical Current Flow module
  • Water Flow detection module
  • Open / Closed sensor

All software installed and color coded cables eases installation
Free on-line support and software updates for one-year
Simple installation and setup guide (printed and CD)

 

ICMCC Event 2008 - Patient Empowerment - The Power of Information

The 5th ICMCC Event will be organised from June 9-11, 2008, at University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, London, UK.

The Leading International Event on Patient-Related ICT in Medicine and Care

For the 5th consecutive year the ICMCC Event is the only international event dealing with patient-related ICT, focusing in 2008 on information related aspects, patient record access, electronic health records and behavioral compunetics. A high quality paper presentation programme representing some of the leading researchers in the field will be offered as well as an outstanding forum of key-note speakers.

Due to many requests the deadline for submission has been changed to 8 March 2008 (Call for Papers)

The main themes of the conference are:

  • Electronic Health Record (EHR) Approaches
  • Patient Record Access
  • Compunetics (Social, societal and ethical issues of ICT)
  • Data- , Information-, Knowledge Management

The ICMCC Event 2008 will be supported by the BCS Health Informatics Interactive Care Specialist Group.

Gerontological Society of America 61st Annual Scientific Meeting

The Gerontological Society of America has issued their Call for Papers, for the 61st Annual Scientific Meeting, schedule for November 21-25, 2008 in National Harbor, Maryland (just across from DC).  Deadline for submissions is March 14, 2008.
 
The Conference Theme, “Resilience in an Aging Society:  Risks and Opportunities” is fertile ground for sessions on technology/aging issues. You can review the guidelines at:  http://www.agingconference.com/ and see the options for organizing a symposium, submitting a paper, or a poster.

 
 

2008 IAHSA European Conference

 

Join IAHSA and leaders from our Global Ageing Network for a two day programme devoted to enhancing and sustaining quality European ageing services. The Second European Conference will address a diverse range of critical topics including programme innovation, the frontline workforce, and leadership development. Through a stimulating combination of keynote presentations, panel discussions, facilitated roundtables, and social events, our conference programme is designed to maximize shared learning and networking opportunities. More here

Med-e-Tel 2008 - 16-18 April 2008 - International Educational and Networking Forum for eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT

MedeTel 2008 - 16-18 April 2008 - International Educational and Networking Forum for eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT

Med-e-Tel focuses on ehealth and telemedicine applications and a wide range of other medical ICT applications and on the convergence of information and communication technology with medical applications, which lead to higher quality of care, cost reductions, workflow efficiency, and widespread availability of healthcare services.

The "Med" in Med-e-Tel stands for healthcare services (institutional and home based care, prevention and education) and for medical products and equipment (medical imaging equipment, monitoring devices, electronic health records, etc.).
The "e" stands for the electronic and IT industry and services (hard- & software, internet, e-mail, etc.).
The "Tel" stands for telecommunications (whether it is POTS, ISDN, wireless, satellite, videoconferencing, VoIP, or other).

Invitation to the 6th International Conference on Gerontechnology - Pisa, June 4-7 2008

As you know, one major aspect of today's society is the significant increase in longevity and the progressive ageing of the population in all countries. By 2025, the over-60's population will have increased by 66% in Europe, and will constitute about 30% of the population. There will be a particular increase in the over-75's and over-85's, amounting to around 15% and 2.5%, respectively, of the total.

At the same time, the demand for self-sufficiency is increasing among senior citizens who, although their functions are in a way disabled "by exhaustion", choose to continue living in their own homes or in any case want to have a greater degree of independence. As a result, there will be an increase in the demand for social involvement, mobility, productivity, use of free time, personal care and attention, which the social and territorial infrastructures will have to make the necessary adjustments for. Society has a stake in finding ways to improve quality of life, to reduce healthcare costs, and to extend the independence of older people.

Technology can provide important solutions to these issues and many groups are now working in this direction. Multiple nations are launching or are already executing initiatives to better understand how technology may be used to support an aging society as well as form the basis of new markets for export. Countless universities around the world are developing robust research agendas to develop technology to respond to the needs of older adults as well as their caregivers. Likewise, many small businesses – as well as global giants – such as Intel, Microsoft, Matsushita, and General Electric are investing in new products and services to meet the demands of a grayer marketplace.

Gerontechnology - term born in Europe just prior to the 1990's as a composite of a two words: "gerontology", the scientific study of aging, and "technology" - is concerned with research on the biological, psychological, social, and medical aspects of ageing exploiting the potentials offered by the progress of technology. The number of research centres and private companies working in this field strongly increasing worldwide.

The 6th Conference of the International Society for Gerontechnology - ISG08 - will be gathering gerontechnology specialists from around the world in Italy in 2008. The conference is staged about once every three years, and it is now back in Europe after nine years. More details about ISG08 can be found at the conference site: http://www.isg08.org.

This time, the conference will be host in Pisa placed in Tuscany, an Italian region sensitive to issues related to increasing aging of population. Tuscany is a very attractive region for many European senior citizens to retire, due to a unique mix of cultural heritage and quality of life with an extraordinary wealth of artistic and cultural heritage, deep attention to preserving the environment and social relations, excellent climate, good food and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

ISG08 is intended to be a forum where all the people involved in activities on gerontechnology (robotics researchers, architects, biomedical engineers, neuroscientists, biologists, experts in political science and economics, and scientists from many other communities) will meet and interact, present results and discuss about current and future research lines and about the tools usable to move innovative technologies and services into seniors lives to expand market opportunities.

The conference theme is SMART TECHNOLOGY FOR ACTIVE LONGEVITY. The programme of ISG08 will include not only the papers, but many other events of high impact: five plenary lectures delivered by worldwide renowned leaders, many workshops and tutorials on a range of emerging and important technical and non technical topics, students events, exhibitions, practical demos, and many others.

Undoubtedly, this is the right target, the right place and the right moment for you to promote your research activities and products from highly qualified scientific theatre towards the global market, to present their scientific products to this community, to learn about most recent advancements in gerontechnologies.

I look forward to seeing you at ISG08!

Professor Paolo Dario

ISG 2008 General and Program Chair

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