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Workshop on Scaling-Up Healthcare with Conversational Agents - Scale-IT-up 2021

11 - 13 February, 2021

In conjunction with the 14th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - BIOSTEC 2021


CO-CHAIRS

Hannes Schlieter
Technische Universität Dresden
Germany
 
Brief Bio
Dr. Hannes Schlieter studied at TU Dresden where he received his doctoral degree in 2012. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Chair of Business Informatics. His research interests include conceptual modeling, business process management, and digital ecosystems. By now, he is a technical leader in a Horizon 2020 project and head of a research group that investigates the digital transformation of health care systems. Dr. Schlieter is speaker of the recently founded “Digital Health” group of the German Informatics Society.
Tobias Kowatsch
ETH Zurich & University of St.Gallen
Switzerland
 
Brief Bio
Tobias Kowatsch is Assistant Professor for Digital Health at the University of St.Gallen and the Scientific Director of the Center for Digital Health Interventions (www.c4dhi.org), a joint initiative of the Department of Management, Technology and Economics at ETH Zurich and the Institute of Technology Management at the University of St.Gallen. In close collaboration with his interdisciplinary team and research partners, Tobias designs digital health interventions (“Digital Pills”) at the intersection of information systems research, computer science and behavioral medicine. He helped initiate and participates in the on-going development of MobileCoach (http://www.mobile-coach.eu) an open source platform for ecological momentary assessments, health monitoring and digital health interventions. He is also co-founder of the ETH Zurich and University of St.Gallen spin-off company Pathmate Technologies (www.pathmate-technologies.com) that creates and delivers digital clinical pathways. Tobias has a Ph.D. in Management from University of St.Gallen, Switzerland, a Master of Science in Business Information Systems from Saarland University, Germany and a Master of Computer Science in Media from Hochschule Furtwangen University, Germany. With his background in more than 30 research projects that focus(ed) on the design, technical implementation and evaluation of digital coaches and digital biomarkers, Tobias has co-authored over 55 peer-reviewed papers (e.g., American Journal of Preventive Medicine, BMJ Open, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Medical Internet Research, JMIR mHealth and uHealth, Addictive Behaviors, Information Systems Journal, Computers in Human Behavior) and won several scientific and impact awards including several best paper awards.
Kai Gand
TU Dresden
Germany
 
Brief Bio
Dr. Kai Gand studied Business Information Systems at TU Dresden where he also received his doctoral degree in 2019. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Chair of Business Informatics. His primary research interests include business models, business modelling and health information systems in general. He is engaged in nationally and European funded projects on digitalisation in healthcare, project manager of a Horizon 2020 project and part of a research group that investigates the digital transformation of healthcare systems overall.

SCOPE

Healthcare delivery undergoes a rapid change from traditional processes towards the use of digital health interventions and personalized medicine. On the one side, hospitals and health care providers introduce hospital information systems, electronic health records and telemedicine solutions for more efficient workflows within and beyond institutions. On the other side, patients may choose between a wide range of digital health applications provided by wearables and mobile phone applications supporting their self-management, health and well-being. A particular solution to support the patient, given the lack of always available caregivers or in scenarios where their absence is not avoidable or even desired (see the case of far-distance support in a pandemic situation), are conversational agents (also known as relational agents, virtual humans or chatbots). Conversational agents are computer programs that imitate the interaction with humans and provide guidance or coaching for patients on rule- or machine learning-based system.  However, the question of how to sustainably implement, adopt and diffuse digital health solutions amplified with conversational agent functionalities is not sufficiently solved yet. Our workshop seeks for submissions dealing with this question. We welcome research and theory papers as well as case studies and best practice examples.

Topics of Interest
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Innovative and implemented (telemedical) care models to mitigate the demographic impact on the health care system
  • Implementation strategies or models for localizing and tailoring of digital health solutions
  • Quality management in integrated healthcare networks and for digitally supported care models
  • Dissemination and adoption strategies for digital innovations
  • Transformation of traditional care processes by the use of information and communication technologies, e.g. successful intra- and interorganizational implementation of health information systems, electronic health records, or telemedicine/eHealth applications
  • Health behavior change through the use of digital health interventions
  • Digital Health at home - successfully putting individualized ambient assisted living solutions to use

IMPORTANT DATES

Paper Submission: December 6, 2020 (expired)
Authors Notification: December 14, 2020 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: December 22, 2020 (expired)

WORKSHOP PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Carola Gisske, TU Dresden, Germany
Jacqueline Mair, Singapore-ETH Centre, Singapore
Lena Otto, TU Dresden, Germany
Alicia Salamanca-Sanabria, Singapore-ETH Centre, Singapore
Gisbert Teepe, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

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PAPER SUBMISSION

Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines.
Papers must be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system using the appropriated button on this page.

PUBLICATIONS

The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI/ISI), DBLP, EI (Elsevier Engineering Village Index), Scopus, Semantic Scholar and Google Scholar.
After thorough reviewing by the workshop program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on digital support.
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library (http://www.scitepress.org/DigitalLibrary/).
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org/) and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).

SECRETARIAT CONTACTS

BIOSTEC Workshops - Scale-IT-up 2021
e-mail: healthinf.secretariat@insticc.org
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