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IREHI 2017 : International Rural and Elderly Health Informatics Conference


When Dec 14, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017
Where Lomé
Abstract Registration Due Jul 25, 2017
Submission Deadline Aug 15, 2017
Notification Due Sep 26, 2017
Final Version Due Oct 16, 2017
Categories    internet of things   computer science   biomedical engineering   machine learning

Call For Papers

International Rural and Elderly Health Informatics Conference
University of Lomé
Lomé, Togo, December 14-17, 2017

Conference website

Abstract registration deadline July 25, 2017 (extended)
Submission deadline August 15, 2017 (extended)
Notification of acceptance September 26, 2017
Camera-ready submission October 16, 2017
Focus Rural and Elderly health informatics
Topics: health informatics internet of things bioinformatics telemedecine

Worldwide, public health care is facing diverse kind of care delivery issues.
High income countries are facing exploding medical costs primarily due to the growing percentage of elderly people. Elderly are the fastest growing demographic group in developed countries. The UN forecasts that by 2050, elderly (60 years et and older) would constitute more than 20% of the world population. In developed countries, nursing home provides adequate care services to elderly; nevertheless, elderly people prefer staying at home in their familiar and usual social environment and take care of their health by themselves as long as they are able to. Home care applications are therefore increasingly in demand.
However, rural areas, particularly in developing countries, are suffering from poor access to health care services. The reasons are poor health care infrastructures, inappropriate public health structure, lack of health insurance, lack of medical expert specialists due to brain drain. Telehealthcare and remote care delivery are a continuing trend today in developing countries public health care systems to overcome care provision issues and increase access to care service.
Recent research in rural and elderly health is based on current technological advancements in sensors, Internet of Things (IoT), Machine-to-Machine (M2M), personalized and remote healthcare as well as patient empowerment through medical education. The Internet of Things (including M2M) is a rapid growing technology which enables connected things to communicate with each other. IoT technology is increasingly present in medical applications e.g. pervasive/ ubiquitous monitoring systems, cardiac telemetry systems, sensing systems. IoT-enabled health care is multidisciplinary involving methodologies from several domains and applied to the area of medicine and public health care systems.
The IREHI conference is an interdisciplinary multitopic conference with workshops, tutorials and demo sessions. The main objective of IREHI is to bring together researchers in information technology, healthcare, professionals in ICT industries, public and community health agencies committed to improve and transform healthcare in rural areas and for the elderly. IREHI enables the direct exchanges between researchers from developed and developing countries, on healthcare issues in rural areas and for the elderly people. Additionally, it helps to share implementation initiatives conducted in both developed and developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan African countries. The goal is to discuss approaches, national ICT policy frameworks for healthcare system and contributions the UHC objectives. Another goal is to discuss the conditions and modalities for transferring technical resources at affordable cost to developing countries, investigate multisectorial integration strategy (health – education – agriculture – environment) to address specific challenges healthcare in rural areas.
Submission Guidelines

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The following paper categories are welcome.
• Full paper (up to 6 pages)
• Short paper (up 4 pages)
• Demo (see our format at the conference website)
Paper submissions must be in English and conform to the IEEE format (
Papers are to be submitted electronically to

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
• Complex health monitoring in rural care systems
• Home care for elderly people
• Cognitive IoT for elderly care
• IoT-Cloud integration in medical applications for rural and elderly Care
• Big Data for IoT in medical applications for rural and elderly Care
• Diseases outbreak surveillance systems in rural area
• Multimodal end-to-end solution approaches to prevent exclusion of elderly people from use of medical applications
• Monitoring platforms for elderly living
• Medical education for empower elderly people and rural out-patients/people
• Financial Accessibility to Rural Healthcare
• Determinants of Therapeutic Path in Rural Areas
• Impact of Energy Supply and Rural Health Care Delivery

We also invite authors to submit papers on all topics related rural and elderly health application
• Predictive analytics and modelling
• Multimedia for the self-management of personal health
• lectronic health record (EHR)
• Quality of service and quality of experience
• Body area networks
• Wellness and in-body sensors
• IoT-enabled health care systems
• Crowd sensing and management
• Pervasive sensing
• Reliability, safety, security and privacy in remote care systems
• Health related event detection in large data collections
• Next generation networks for health informatics
• Health Insurances in African Countries
• Off-Label-Use in rural and elderly health
IREHI17 proceedings will be published in IEEE Xplore Digital Library.
The 1st IEEE International Conference on Rural and Elderly Health Informatics will be held in:
Location: Lomé, Togo (West-Africa)
Conference date: December 14-17 (Opening session December 13, 2017)
Important Dates for PC Member Calendars
Paper submission: July 25, 2017
PC member reviews due: June 25 - July 30, 2017
Notification of acceptance: September 26th, 2017

All questions about submissions should be emailed to

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