The following is a special contribution to this blog from Cui Tao and Matt-Mouley Bouamrane, the organizing chairs of the First International Workshop on Managing Interoperability and compleXity in Health Systems, which was held in October 2011 in Scotland (U.K.).
We were delighted to host a successful Vision and Challenge Track at the First International Workshop on Managing Interoperability and compleXity in Health Systems. MIXHS 2011 was a forum focused on recent research and technical results in knowledge management and information systems in bio-medical and electronic health systems. The workshop was designed to provide an opportunity for sharing practical experiences and best practices in e-Health information infrastructure development and management. Of particular interest to the workshop themes were technical solutions to recurring issues in practical systems deployment, including harnessing the complexity of bio-medical domain knowledge and the interoperability of heterogeneous health systems. The workshop gathered experts, researchers, system developers, practitioners, and policymakers for discussing, designing, and implementing solutions for managing clinical data and integrating existing and future eHealth systems infrastructures.
The Vision and Challenge Track invited submissions of short papers in the areas of interest of the main event that: 1) described revolutionary ideas that are likely to guide research in the near future; 2) challenged existing assumptions prevalent in the research community; and 3) identified novel applications and technology trends that create new research challenges.
Eight papers were accepted for presentation in the Vision and Challenge Track. And of these 8, three were chosen for CCC-sponsored Best Paper awards. The prizes took the form of travel reimbursement awards totaling $1,000, $750, and $500 for first, second, and third place, respectively.
Here are the three awardees (after the jump):
- Standardizing radiation oncology data for future modelling of side effects after radiation therapy, by Caroline Olsson and Graham Kemp
- Telehealth at scale: The need for interoperability and analytics, by Rajib Ghosh, Juergen Heit, and Soundararajan Srinivasan
- Assessing Schizophrenia with a highly interoperable architecture, by Ando Emerencia, Lian Van Der Krieke, Nicolai Petkov, and Marco Aiello
The 8 presenters and 3 Best Paper awardees were selected by reviewers using a double-blind review process, and the recommendations were affirmed by the MIXHS 11 Challenges and Visions Awards Committee — including CCC director Erwin Gianchandani, CCC Council member Susan Graham, and the two of us (as co-chairs of MIXHS11).
Editor’s note: See the rest of the CCC-funded Challenge and Vision Tracks here. And a reminder that we’re always seeking volunteers to run these sorts of tracks at upcoming conferences. If you’d like to do so, please e-mail us today!