Software Engineering in Health Care

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5th International Workshop on
Software Engineering in Health Care

Monday, May 20th and Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2013)
San Francisco, California

Conference Registration website:

Important Dates
Paper submission deadline: February 14, 2013
Paper acceptance notification: February 28, 2013
Camera-ready accepted paper deadline: March 13, 2013

Workshop overview

Our ability to deliver timely, effective and cost efficient healthcare services remains one of the world's foremost challenges. The challenge has numerous dimensions including: (a) the need to develop a highly functional yet secure electronic health record system that integrates a multitude of incompatible existing systems, (b) in-home patient support systems to reduce demand on professional health-care facilities, and (c) innovative technical devices such as advanced pacemakers that support other healthcare procedures. Responding to this challenge will necessitate increased development and usage of software-intensive systems in all aspects of healthcare services. However the increased digitization of healthcare has identified extensive requirements related to the development, use, evolution, and integration of health software in areas such as the volume and dependability of software required, and the safety and security of the associated devices. The goal of the fifth workshop on Software Engineering for Health Care (SEHC) is to discuss recent research innovations and to continue developing an interdisciplinary community to develop a research, educational and industrial agenda for supporting software engineering in the health care sector.

Workshop Program

Example Topics for Submission

At the 2011 SEHC we began development of a framework for SEHC. A Wiki with our progress to date is at At the 2012 workshop we continued to develop the agenda and identified specific challenges to software engineering to support healthcare delivery. The challenges are: system quality, compliance and regulatory issues, revolution of the software development process, medical process support and improvement, data management and analytics, enabling a global reach of healthcare delivery, and software support for the transformation of healthcare delivery (i.e. evidence based medicine, patient centered care, assisted living, patient safety). For the 2013 SEHC workshop we invite submissions that explore the above challenges (as well as other software engineering topics relevant to health care systems and processes) and the role that software engineering plays in developing solutions to address them.

Submission types

With the above topics as a starting point, the SEHC 2013 workshop invites broad participation from people who are actively involved in research and development of software engineering in healthcare. To accommodate for the participation of projects in different stages of maturity, we seek a variety of contributions, including:
1. Short papers (up to 4 pages long) -- short papers include contributions that may report initial research results that might not yet be mature enough for a full research paper or position papers that presents forward looking ideas/concepts.
2. Tool descriptions (up to 4 pages long) -- tool papers report on tools that support one or more aspects of engineering health-related software systems.
3. Clinical case studies (up to 7 pages long) -- clinical case studies report on case studies that involve applying and evaluating software engineering techniques in a clinical setting.
4. Research results papers (up to 7 pages long) -- research papers describe novel results related to one or more topics of the workshop.

Papers should be submitted to the workshop's EasyChair site:

Please indicate in the subtitle of your paper to which of the categories you are submitting. Papers must follow IEEE formatting guidelines:

All submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee. All accepted submissions will be published in the ACM and IEEE Digital Libraries and will appear in the companion volume of the ICSE 2013 Proceedings.

Program Committee
Elske Ammenwerth, University for Health Sciences, Austria
George Avrunin, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Richard Chapman, Auburn University, USA
John Hatcliff, Kansas State University, USA
Mats Heimdahl, University of Minnesota, USA
Craig Kuziemsky, University of Ottawa, Canada
Brian Larson, Kansas State University, USA
Orlando Loques, Federal University Fluminense, Brazil
Brad Malin, Vanderbilt University, USA
Lee Osterweil, University of Massachusetts, USA
Barbara Paech, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Nathanael Paul, University of Tennessee, USA
Liam Peyton, University of Ottawa, Canada
Andy Podgurski, Case Western Reserve University, USA
Joachim Reiss, Siemens, Germany
Kamran Sartipi, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada
Eleni Stroulia, University of Alberta, Canada
Kevin Sullivan, University of Virginia, USA
Jens Weber, University of Victoria, Canada
Chuck Weinstock, Carnegie Mellon, USA
Alan Wassyng, McMaster University, Canada

Workshop organizers
John Knight, University of Virginia
Craig Kuziemsky, University of Ottawa

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