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HealthTech 2013 : 2013 USENIX Workshop on Health Information Technologies


When Aug 12, 2013 - Aug 12, 2013
Where Washington, D.C.
Submission Deadline Apr 9, 2013
Notification Due May 21, 2013
Final Version Due Jun 20, 2013
Categories    technology   health   security   medical devices

Call For Papers

Advances in healthcare technology show great potential to improve the delivery and stem the rising costs of healthcare. However, the rapid development and hasty adoption of new technologies combined with a complicated regulatory environment has resulted in a landscape replete with interoperability, safety, and security problems.

HealthTech, née HealthSec, is broadening its scope to encourage the development of new technologies that generally improve the quality and safety of healthcare, as well as the access to it. By bringing together researchers, practitioners, and industrial partners, HealthTech aims to provide a forum for cross-disciplinary interactions among the technology, medicine, and policy communities.

The HealthTech '13 Program Committee invites authors to submit original, full-length technical papers that broadly concern health information technology.

New this year, HealthTech will include a poster session, inviting those in industry, practitioners, and academics to share their experiences with deployment, outcomes, and unintended consequences. We also welcome preliminary work that shows potential to stimulate or catalyze further research and explores new directions—surprising results and thought-provoking ideas will be strongly favored.

Also new this year will be the awarding of a community-wide Outstanding Paper Award, conferred upon the authors of the best research paper, published within the last five years, to advance the safety, security, privacy, or interoperability of health information technology, as judged by the nominations committee. Nominations of previously published papers from any peer-reviewed venue will be considered. Papers authored by the program chairs are not eligible for consideration. More information about the nomination process will appear on the HealthTech '13 Web site.

Lastly, we will continue last year's lively rump session for announcements of research in progress.

The format of this single-day workshop will be presentations by the authors of full-length papers, augmented by breakout discussion groups, expert panels, a poster session, and a keynote address. Papers will be published on the USENIX Web site.

Workshop topics are solicited in all areas relating to healthcare information technology, including:

Access control and consent management systems
Techniques for analyzing and securing audit logs
Architectures for large-scale health information systems, interoperability, and health information exchange
Medical devices and body area networks
Home and assisted living monitoring systems
Threat models: formal descriptions and analysis
Privacy enhancing technologies such as de-identification and differential privacy for electronic health records generally or specific types of data such as images or genomic data
Usability and human factors
Regulatory and policy issues
Authentication and identification techniques
Cryptographic protocols
Dependable and trustworthy computing for healthcare
Telemedicine and mobile health technologies
Practical applications and experiences with HIT; lessons learned and best practices
Submitted full-length papers must be no longer than ten (10) 8.5" x 11" pages. All papers should be typeset in two-column format in 10 point type on 12 point (single-spaced) leading, with a text block no more than 6.5" wide by 9" deep. Submissions are single-blind; authors should include their names and affiliations as part of their submissions. Submissions must be in PDF format and must be submitted via the Web submission form, which will be available here soon. Papers that describe experiments on human subjects, or that analyze non-public data derived from human subjects (even anonymized data), should disclose whether an ethics review (e.g., IRB approval) was conducted and discuss the steps taken to ensure that participants were treated ethically.

Papers accompanied by non-disclosure agreement forms will not be considered. Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, or plagiarism constitutes dishonesty or fraud. USENIX, like other scientific and technical conferences and journals, prohibits this practice and may take action against authors who have committed it. Papers that do not comply with the submission requirements, including length and anonymity, may be rejected without review. See the USENIX Conference Submissions Policy for details. Questions? Contact your program co-chairs,, or the USENIX office,

All papers will be available online to registered attendees before the workshop. If your accepted paper should not be published prior to the event, please notify The papers will be available online to everyone beginning on the day of the workshop.

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