3nd International Workshop on Health Informatics: IT Innovations and Disruptive Approaches in the Digital Health Era (HOPE’20)

HOPE Keynote : “From research to development – product definition in eHealth”
Speaker: Mrs. Thao Nguyen

The quality and expenditure control of the health sector have become, in both developed and developing countries alike, the main objectives pursued by public authorities. The digital transformation of the sector has shown promise to provide answers to these objectives and to overcome health systems challenges, particularly those linked to the aging of the population, the increasing rates of chronic diseases and the personalization of medicine. Indeed, the rapid spread of mobile devices and of the Internet of Things, the presence of the digital network anywhere and anytime, allow to improve quality of, often in the short term, services which provide personalized patient care, reduce the number and duration of hospital stays, enable continuous patient monitoring and conceive efficient and safe home care.
The recent development and employment of artificial intelligence and analysis techniques to exploit big data in healthcare to develop new improved disease surveillance methods, improve diagnosis and early disease detection, discover novel treatments, uncover new drug side effects or interactions, and design and study deployment of decision-making methods and IT solutions in order to improve the performance and the security of the patient pathway management in and out the hospital. The recent challenges presented by COVID-19 are examples for the need to bringing the optimization of healthcare functions and services to the maximum. Digital transformation including developing novel IT innovations and disruptive approaches and employing ehealth services provide one key solution to meeting these challenges.
This digital transformation, already underway in many countries, is defined, for a health organization, as a process that consists of fully integrated digital technologies into all of its activities in order to improve its performance. It characterizes not only a technical development, but also a new way of working, an attitude, and a commitment for networked, global thinking, to improve health care by using ICT. Hence, it deeply transforms, at a rattling pace, the rules and ways of managing the health system and thus seeks to develop new innovative informatics solutions to enable, support as well as utilize this transformation.
As the digital transformation of the health sector brings significant progress to the care system; it consequently requires major changes in the behavior of the actors of the health system. Like any major change in norms and practices, this transition faces reluctance, barriers and fears it can generate. As such, it imposes on hospital organizations a real problem in driving the change of their staff. Many employees may feel disoriented and overwhelmed by new the ways and practices. They may consider digital transformation as a risk and not an opportunity. In order for them to become engaged actors of this process, instead of being subjected to it, it is essential that health institutions integrate its collaborators and give them the means to master and be the drivers of this change.
To that purpose, both development of IT innovations and disruptive approaches, and introduction and deployment of IT solutions in healthcare environments, associated with education and training on digital health are fundamental prerequisites not just to the wide-scale adoption but also the effective use of e-health solutions and major keys to the success of digital transformation in the health sector. These digital health education and training which the underlying body of knowledge is health informatics, should be addressed to all kind of stakeholders involved in the health ecosystem and should be based on innovative educational methods and adapted to the profiles of these stakeholders. The workshop will provide a research-rich environment to address these challenges and support the development of new novel and disruptive approaches paving the way towards improved public health and personalized medicine. Recent spread of COVID-19 in many countries, causing disastrous human-impacting events, and as one of the most challenging communicable and infectious diseases, research related to developing innovative solutions to improve early surveillance, detection, diagnosis or treatments are particularly encouraged.
It’s within the above scope that this workshop has been conceived to bring together researchers and practitioners to share research results, advancements and practical related experiences in this field.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to :
• eHealth patient-centered solutions
• Disruptive approaches to development of healthcare informatics solutions
• Use of artificial Intelligence and analysis techniques to exploit big data in healthcare
• IT Innovations for novel solutions in healthcare improved diagnosis and treatments.
• Development and study of design and deployment of decision-making methods in healthcare
• Techniques, methods and systems for Pathways or careflows development or management.
• Health educational engineering
• Innovative multidisciplinary learning design in eHealth
• Digital transformation methods and training challenges.
• Cases studies and practical evaluations of teaching experiences
• Application of Health Informatics in Clinical Cases
• Analysis of ehealth trends, issues and development constraints
• Emergent concepts, models and technologies to promote the effectiveness and efficiency of Healthcare services
• Open Source technologies to leverage the sustainability and quality of healthcare
• Semantic Intelligence and Big data for healthcare uses vis-à-vis health 4.0
• Geocoding health data
• Practice-based Research Methods for Healthcare IT
• Design and Development of Methodologies for Healthcare IT
• Software Engineering in health care
• Data Management and Analytics for healthcare/eHealth
• Privacy and Ethical issues in health care/eHealth
• Model-Based Design of Trustworthy Health Information Systems
• Privacy preserving or enhancing techniques for secondary uses and sharing of clinical data
• Research methods and techniques for electronic clinical records and data
• Studies of privacy and security in healthcare/eHealth.

Paper Submission Details
Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research and application papers that are not being considered in other forums. Manuscripts will be limited to a maximum of 6 two-column pages (IEEE Proceeding style) including figures and references. Please follow the IEEE Conference Publishing Service (CPS) guidelines to prepare your papers. Please submit your papers using this link xxxxx ( to be specified later )
Manuscripts should be prepared in 10-point font using the IEEE 8.5" x 11" two-column format. All papers should be in PDF format, and submitted electronically at Paper Submission Link. A full paper must not exceed the stated length (including all figures, tables and references). Submitted papers must present original unpublished research that is not currently under review for any other conference or journal. Papers not following these guidelines may be rejected without review. Also submissions received after the due date, exceeding length limit, or not appropriately structured may also not be considered. Authors may contact the workshop Chair for further information or clarification.
All submissions are blind peer-reviewed by at least three reviewers. Accepted papers will appear in the Conference Proceedings and be published by the IEEE Computer Society Conference Publishing Services and be submitted to IEEE Xplore for inclusion.
Submitted papers must include original work, and must not be under consideration for another conference or journal. Submission of regular papers must not exceed 6 pages and must follow the IEEE paper format. Please include up to 7 keywords, complete postal and e-mail address, and fax and phone numbers of the corresponding author. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their work at the conference. Submitted papers that are deemed of good quality but that could not be accepted as regular papers will be accepted as short papers.
Authors of accepted papers are requested to sign the IEEE copyright form. The guidelines for authors can be found at IEEE Conference Publishing Services - Proceedings Author Forms.

Electronic submission of manuscripts (in PDF, postscript, or word format) is required through the dedicated system. For any questions please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . At least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend the workshop and present the paper.

Papers accepted for presentation will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press as proceedings of the AICCSA Conference Publishing Services and be submitted to IEEE Xplore for inclusion. In addition, proposals for a special issue at relevant eHealth Journal are being sought to publish selected accepted papers.

Important dates
• Submission deadline: July 31, 2020
• Notification of acceptance: August 15, 2020
• Camera ready deadline: August 25, 2020

Submission Link

Workshop Chairs
• Prof. Adel Taweel, Birzeit University, Palestine/ Kings College London, UK
• Prof. Thomas Lux, Hochschule Niederrhein, Germany
• Dr. Elyes Lamine, CGI, IMT Mines Albi - ISIS, INU Champollion, Castres, France
• Prof. Yousef Khader, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan

Workshop Program Committee:
• Bernhard Breil, Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences
• Alok Mishra, Atilim University, Turkey
• Adel Taweel, Birzeit University, Palestine/ Kings College London, UK
• Hannes Schlieter, Technical University Dresden, Germany
• Amine Boufaied, University of Sousse, Sousse, Tunisie
• Antonio De Nicola, ENEA, Rome, Italy
• Abdel-Rahman H. Tawil, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK;
• Bernard Archimède, ENI de Tarbes, INPT, University of Toulouse, Tarbes, France
• Dominik Bork, Research Group Knowledge Engineering,University of Vienna,Vienna, Austria
• Elyes Lamine, CGI, IMT Mines Albi - ISIS, INU Champollion, Castres, France
• Franck Fontanili, CGI, IMT Mines Albi, Albi, France
• Gerard Dray, LGI2P, IMT Mines Alès, University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France
• Giulia Bruno, Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy
• Hervé Pingaud, LGC CNRS, ISIS, INU Champollion, Castres, France
• Imen Megdich, IRIT- ISIS, INU Champollion, Castres, France
• Issam Nouaouri, LGI2A, University of Artois, France
• Katarzyna Borgiel, ISIS, INU Champollion, Castres, France
• Lahmar Arij, Dubai Business School, UAE
• Latifa Dekhici, Université des Sciences et de la Technologie d'Oran Mohamed Boudiaf, Oran, Algérie
• Lisanne Kremer, Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, Germany
• Maria Di Mascolo,G-SCOP,CNRS, University of Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France
• Mario Macedo, Atlantica University, Portugal
• Mohamed Jmaiel, Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, ENIS, Tunisie
• Mohammad Karabsheh, Hashemite University, Jordan
• Mohanad Jabari, Hebron University Palestine
• Naoufel Cheikhrouhou, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO), Switzerland
• Nergiz Cagiltay, Atilim University, Turkey
• Osama El Hassan, Emirates Health Informatics Society, UAE
• Radi Jarrar, Birzeit University, Palestine
• Rémi Bastide, IRIT- ISIS, INU Champollion, Castres, France
• Rym Ben Bachouch, PRISME, université d'Orléans, Bourges, France
• Selma Arbaoui, PRISME, université d'Orléans, Bourges, France
• Thomas Lux, Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, Germany
• Wided Guedira, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg
• Yousef Kader, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan