Call for Submissions
Experience Track on Software Engineering in Health Care
Health care is one of the fastest growing economic sectors today. With a turnover of €11 billion, information and communication technology for health has the potential to become the third largest industry in the health sector, and indeed one of the largest economic sectors in the economy of the 21st century. In addition to economic importance, this sector also has the clear potential to make substantial contributions to the comfort and longevity of every human being on the face of the earth.
Software Engineering has an important role to play in all of this. We note that the devices that play increasingly important roles in health care depend more and more upon software. These devices need to interoperate smoothly, and function effectively as parts of the larger health care processes and enterprises in which they participate. These devices and processes need to support human participation in ways that humans understand and welcome. All of this raises important questions about software quality, user interfaces, systems interoperability, process automation, and many other questions that are quite familiar to software engineering practitioners and researchers.
For these reasons the ICSE 2008 Track on Software Engineering in Health care invites your participation.
Submissions are solicited that address both research and practice. Research contributions should address what software engineering research either contributes, or might contribute, to the improvement of health care practice. Practice papers should discuss lessons learned, key unaddressed problems, and experiences of practitioners, with special focus on issues that seem particularly ripe as topics for software engineering research. Note that we are interested not only in suggestions of tools and systems that seem needed, but also in ways in which existing software engineering understandings might lead to deeper understandings of, and solutions to, current health care problems. We invite original, unpublished submissions in the following categories:
Case studies of practices that describe the application of one or more software engineering practice(s) in health care. A case study provides a detailed description of how the practice was applied and why (what problems it was intended to address), along with the results achieved.
Experience reports of projects that provide a critical review of experiences during one or more phases of a health care development project, and draw lessons learned from that experience. A good experience report describes as completely as possible the factors that influenced those experiences and reports the final results as rigorously as possible, so that the impact of those experiences on project success or failure can be understood. Experience reports may focus on problems encountered during development along with discussions of what principles, techniques, methods, processes, or tools were used and whether they were sufficient for solving the problem.
Research reports that describe how software engineering techniques, understandings, systems, or tools have, or might, make a substantial improvement in health care systems, and process understandings or effectiveness. We are interested in successful applications of tools to health care systems problems. But we are also interested in the application or applicability of software engineering understandings to the improvement of health care by addressing such issues as quality, interoperability, user interfaces, and process definition. Thoroughly described and documented reports on the application of software engineering to health care issues are more appropriate for submission to the regular ICSE Research Papers track. But, papers describing more preliminary work, or describing the potential of software engineering approaches and systems for addressing important health care problems, are most appropriate for this Software Engineering in Health Care track.
Some Example Topics of interest
- Software engineering for health care systems (subsuming information systems and devices)
- Software quality issues in health care systems and processes
- Requirements Engineering for health care processes and systems (involving many different stakeholders)
- Health care process definition, analysis, automation, and improvement
- Architectures for health care systems and system integration
- User interface issues in health care systems and processes
- Security and Privacy issues in Health care software
- Reengineering of Legacy Health Information Systems
- Other software engineering topics relevant to health care systems and processes
We invite both long papers and short papers. We acknowledge that important contributions may be made in the form of preliminary results of any of the three kinds, as this is a very new area. Thus we note that a case study, an experience report, or a research report might be either a short paper or a long paper, depending upon the maturity of the idea, or experience.
In any case, your paper must conform to the ICSE 2008 Format and Submission Guidelines. Short papers must be at least two pages and must not exceed four pages, and long papers should not exceed ten pages (including all text, figures, references and appendices). The results described must be unpublished and should not be under review elsewhere.
Papers must be submitted electronically via CyberChairPRO.
Review and Evaluation Criteria
Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the Software Engineering in Health Care Track program committee, which will make final decisions about which submissions to accept for presentation at the conference.
Submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Clarity of the motivation for the paper
- Soundness of the paper
- Significance and relevance of the results obtained or projected
- Quality and clarity of the written presentation.
All accepted contributions will be published in the conference proceedings which will also be available electronically.
Track Committee Co-Chairs
Leon J. Osterweil, Barbara Paech and Joachim Reiss
Track Committee Members
- Ruth Breu, University of Innsbruck, Austria
- Mats Heimdahl, University of Minnesota, USA
- Stefan Jähnichen, Fraunhofer FIRST and TU Berlin
- Rob Procter, University of Edinburgh
- Janos Sztipanovits, Vanderbilt University, USA
- Jens Weber-Jahnke, University of Victoria, Canada
- Alfred Winter, University of Leipzig, Germany