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Innovations in Healthcare IS (SIGHealth) Track

Richard Klein, Florida International University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sweta Sneha, Kennesaw State University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Track Description

Information systems (IS) and technology (IT) innovations offer significant potential to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery and practice by enhancing interactions between patients/caregivers and providers, by enabling greater access to the latest advancements in treatments, and by empowering new organizational forms not previously conceived of within the industry; all transforming care delivery. Consistent with the 2015 “blue ocean” conference theme, the primary focus of the healthcare track is promoting research into groundbreaking technology innovations and applications within the healthcare sector, while incorporating interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches beyond traditional IS and healthcare information technology (HIT) disciplines.

Academic efforts showcased should demonstrate novel work within the IS discipline as well as reference perspectives including computer science, economics, organizational behavior, public policy, public health, software/electrical engineering, management, and strategy. We solicit novel completed research and research in progress that address opportunities and challenges in the current healthcare sector via innovative technological and methodological approaches thereby contributing to the existing knowledge base.

Mini-Tracks

Electronic Health/Medical Records in Practices

C. Ranganathan, Balaji Sankaranarayanan, and Gary David

Global Health

Joseph Tan, Jim Ryan, and Michael S. Dohan

Healthcare Analytics

C. Derrick Huang, Ravi S. Behara, Jahyun Goo, and Chul Woo Yoo

Improving Healthcare Delivery Processes

Jim Ryan, Linda Byrd, Carmen Lewis and Yajiong Xue

Mobile Apps & mHealth

Nilmini Wickramasinghe and Ton Spil


Improving Healthcare Delivery Processes

Jim Ryan, Troy University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Linda Byrd, Auburn University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Carmen Lewis, Troy University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yajiong Xue, East Carolina University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mini-Track Description

Healthcare organizations have been redesigning processes and implementing various forms of information technology (IT) to increase productivity, lower costs, and improve the quality of care. Unfortunately, the expected significant improvements in the quality of care and reductions in costs after large health IT investments are often not achieved. Recognizing that significant improvements require more than just deploying IT, this mini-track seeks papers that investigate the role of IT in improving healthcare delivery processes and the opportunities and challenges in IT-enabled change in healthcare organizations.

Call for Papers

The mini-track is open to papers on the challenges of achieving benefits from information systems and technologies in healthcare delivery, and how those benefits might best be achieved in and across a variety of healthcare settings (e.g., hospitals, ambulatory clinics, in the home). It is also open to a variety of research methods including qualitative, quantitative, and design science approaches. We are especially interested in interdisciplinary approaches, combining for example IT, process design, and managerial and policy initiatives. Because the national context affects health care delivery choices, we are also interested in multi-national studies.

Potential Topics:

Specific technology applications within hospital, ambulatory, or home healthcare delivery processes

Proposals for development, extensions, and improvements to healthcare delivery process innovations and solutions

Workflow improvements across hospital, ambulatory, or home healthcare delivery processes

Hospital, ambulatory, or home healthcare delivery process monitoring and tracking systems

Methodological issues pertaining to the evaluation of hospital, ambulatory, or home healthcare delivery process implementations

Socio-cultural-policy assessments of hospital, ambulatory, or home healthcare delivery process solutions

Impact of regional strategies and culture on hospital, ambulatory, or home healthcare delivery process solutions


Healthcare Analytics

C. Derrick Huang, Florida Atlantic University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ravi S. Behara, Florida Atlantic University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jahyun Goo, Florida Atlantic University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chul Woo Yoo, Florida Atlantic University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mini-Track Description / Call for Papers

The healthcare industry is experiencing fundamental transformation.  Clinical challenges, aging populations, and cost overrun have significantly complicated the healthcare delivery in the United States and around the world.  And there is increasing pressure on healthcare providers and payers (including the governments) to provide more with less—reducing costs and improving coordination and outcomes—all while being more patient centric with added complexity of care.  And it is commonly believed that this industry transformation and complexity of care will only increase in the coming years, for instance with services like personalized medicine and mobile health.  With the accumulation of data in the vast deployment of HIT, it is expected that Big Data can help healthcare providers and policy makers navigate this treacherous territory.  Further, in the U.S., the next stage of EHR implementation will shift towards the effective use of data, under the framework of Meaningful Use (Stage 2 and 3).  Analytics can provide the basis on which better decisions can be made to move towards a healthcare system that addresses the combined objectives of lower costs, safe care, effective clinical outcomes, and high patient satisfaction.  The need to build analytics competencies among practitioners and researchers is apparent.

Potential Topics:

Healthcare Analytics design and adoption principles

Enablers, inhibitors, and best practices of Healthcare Analytics implementations

Software tools in Healthcare Analytics

Methods in Healthcare Analytics: Visualization, modeling, optimization, and simulation in Healthcare Analytics

Healthcare Analytics implementation in small providers

Strategies of implementation from early adopters of Healthcare Analytics

Organizational change management with Healthcare Analytics implementation

Country level or cross-country comparison of the state of Healthcare Analytics

Healthcare Analytics and decision support in healthcare organizations


Global Health

Joseph Tan, McMaster University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jim Ryan, Troy University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michael S. Dohan, Lakehead University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mini-Track Description / Call for Papers

As global interconnectedness increases, the impact of health problems are not efficiently addressed from a purely national standpoint. Therefore, a concerted effort among governments, multidisciplinary efforts, and other institutions, in efforts that span national boundaries, is the new emerging approach to deal with these issues. This approach, known as global health, entails using this multidimensional approach to address transnational health issues, specifically including HIV/AIDS, rural healthcare service delivery, and other health issues affecting the world population.

This minitrack will explore emerging trends for applying innovative health IT solutions to improve general population and community healthcare across the globe, including low-cost, mobile and other emerging health technological applications. These solutions will provide a multinational perspective on the benefits of mobile health and other emerging information technologies and describes different examples and applications implemented. This minitrack will consider empirical research, reviews of current literature, theory, methodology, as well as relevant position papers and suitable research in progress papers.

Potential Topics:

Reviews of global health IT development

Comparisons of regional strategies and applications

Proposals for development, extensions and improvements of global health innovations and solutions

Examination of strategies and approaches of technology transfer among different countries (e.g, global health IT governance; multi-national health services networks and architectures, open source applications, etc.)

Studies on the impact of the adoption of innovative (e.g., low-cost) technologies

Specific applications, including epidemiological surveillance systems, emergency and disaster response systems, and chronic disease management systems

Public health and environmental health monitoring and tracking systems

Methodological issues pertaining to the evaluation of global health technologies and initiatives

Socio-cultural-policy assessments of Health IT priorities

Trans-jurisdictional issues surrounding the implementation of Health technologies and initiatives

Impact of regional strategies and culture of nature and styles of Health IT implementation


Electronic Health/Medical Record in Practices

C. Ranganathan, University of Illinois at ChicagoThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Balaji Sankaranarayanan, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gary David, Bentley UniversityThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mini-Track Description

Electronic Medical/Health Records (EMRs/EHRs) are a critical component of the American health-care system. Healthcare practices face distinct challenges while implementing innovative approaches to EMR/EHR systems. Therefore, there is a growing need to understand how healthcare practices innovate in their EMR/EHR implementations. The focus of this mini-track is on research on EMRs/EHRs in large, ambulatory and smaller healthcare practices, that furthers our understanding of (1) Innovations in systems, processes and strategies for implementing EMR/EHR (2) New initiatives in electronic exchange of healthcare information among different stakeholders, (3) Innovative approaches to integration of mobile devices and medical devices with healthcare systems 4) Novel approaches to security and privacy issue associated with EMR/EHR in healthcare organizations. The mini-track is open to both completed and in-progress research, including broad survey articles, case studies, conceptual papers, descriptive reports, focused research issues or problems analyzed using a variety of tools and empirical methodologies.

Call for Papers

Electronic Medical/Health Records (EMRs/EHRs) are a critical component of the American health-care system, supporting doctor-patient interactions by providing instant access to a variety of documents such as historical record of past treatments and conditions, patient billing, disputes and legal inquiries. The use of EMRs/EHRs faces distinctive challenges in large and small hospital settings alike, despite the many novel approaches adapted by these organizations for its design and implementation. Notably, vendors offer many EMR/EHR offerings depending on the type of practice; however anecdotal evidence points out that implementing these solutions has been fraught with serious challenges in terms of delivering meaningful use. These differences highlight the need for in-depth multi-level examination of how large, ambulatory and smaller healthcare practices innovate in the design and use of EMR/EHR systems.

The focus of this mini-track is on research on EMRs/EHRs in healthcare practices of various types such as large, ambulatory and smaller practices, that furthers our understanding of (1) Innovations in systems, processes and strategies for implementing EMR/EHR (2) New initiatives in electronic exchange of healthcare information among different stakeholders, (3) Innovative approaches to integration of mobile devices and medical devices with healthcare systems 4) Novel approaches to security and privacy issue associated with EMR/EHR in healthcare organizations.

The mini-track is open to broad survey articles, case studies, conceptual papers, descriptive reports, focused research issues analyzed using a variety of tools and empirical methodologies including, but not limited to survey, experimental design, workflow and other forms of business process modeling, interviews, content analysis, and various qualitative approaches. You are welcome to submit work that is not fully completed as long as the importance of the problem is well-established, paper is well articulated and fits with the themes of the research track. However, completed research will receive precedence.

Potential Topics:

Innovative approaches to the implementation of EMR/EHR systems in healthcare practices

Novel designs and approaches to the interconnectivity and information sharing between EMR/EHR systems across practices and hospitals

Innovation in healthcare process through EMR/EHR systems

Implementing electronic prescribing and practice management systems by healthcare providers

Work flow redesign and innovation in  healthcare practices

Achieving meaningful use by healthcare  providers

New initiatives in Health Information Exchanges

Challenges and issues of sharing electronic health information among different stakeholders

New techniques in enhancing security and privacy in electronic exchange of healthcare information

Novel approaches to integration of Medical Devices (such as Vital signs monitor, EKG and ECG machines etc.) with EMR/EHR systems

Disruptive technologies such as e-health enabled devices (smart phones, tablet PCs, iPads etc.) and EMR/EHR systems

New approaches to handling mobile personal health records


Mobile Apps & mHealth

Nilmini Wickramasinghe, RMIT University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ton Spil, University of Twente, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mini-Track Description / Call for Papers

In the wake of the 21st century healthcare systems around the globe are faced with the aggravating challenge of providing quality healthcare to an aging populace, exponential rise in healthcare costs (approximately 17% of GDP in US), and limited human resources. Mobile health (mHealth), and medical apps open the door to the possibility of pervasive anytime, anywhere, and for anyone delivery of healthcare services. Moreover, this mini track is consistent with the conference theme of "blue ocean" given that the use of mobile solutions to deliver superior healthcare indeed represents a new , evolving and uncharted ocean for healthcare researchers. Despite the potential for far reaching impacts of mHealth, challenges lies in realizing the vision. The objective of this mini-track is to address these challenges by soliciting work-in-progress and completed research papers covering technical, organizational, behavioral, economical, and managerial perspectives on mobile apps, mHealth, and similar electronic healthcare (eHealth) solutions that (1) assess infrastructure issues supporting mHealth, (2) propose and/or evaluate the design, development, and implementation of successful mHealth applications, (3) assess the impact of mHealth applications on patients, providers, healthcare organizations, and society in general, (4) develop theories to better understand the phenomenon of mHealth and eHealth, and (5) evaluate key barriers and facilitators such as policy, compliance with standards, as well as privacy and security requirements.

Potential Topics:

We encourage information systems researchers submit papers on digital forensic topics including, but not limited to:

Internet and networked solutions for superior healthcare delivery

Evaluation of mobile apps, including but not limited to, compliance with FDA, HIPAA, and other regulatory requirements

Techniques such as genetic algorithms and machine learning to address privacy, security, and data accuracy issues with mobile apps

Technology use to better manage healthcare data/information/knowledge

Integration of EHRs/EMRs and doctor portals with mobile devices

Management of information and knowledge in integrated mobile healthcare systems

Design, development, adoption and diffusion of mHealth applications

Designing healthcare organizations, systems and processes to incorporate mHealth/eHealth solutions

Mobile solutions for chronic disease management

mHealth and emergency and disaster relief

mHealth and Meaningful Use

Medical Apps

Evaluation and assessment of mHealth solution

mHealth combined with eHealth

Tele-health in combination with mobile health

 


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