Infrastructures in healthcare play a crucial role in the ongoing transformative processes of digitalization. Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), social assistive robotics (SAR), and the Internet of Things (IoT) accelerate transformation. At the same time, the growing availability of patient-oriented health applications contributes to the more active involvement of patients in their care and well-being.
The generation of personal health data is a key outcome and, simultaneously, a drive and a crucial building block of healthcare digitalization. More personal health data are collected in digital form than ever before. Through mobile phones, smartwatches, and other connected devices, patients can self-report health data, monitor their chronic conditions, support their rehabilitation, and engage with personal wellness by following training and activity data.
In healthcare, demographic change with the increase in chronic diseases and co-morbidity, the existing and growing shortage of skilled workers in nursing and medicine, and the advancing digitalization in diagnosis and therapy are pressing issues for which we seek solutions. Against the backdrop of economic constraints (e.g., hospital closures, shortage of doctors, especially in rural areas, billing for services) and the advent of more technical support options (e.g., artificial intelligence in diagnosis, telemedicine), there is a high demand for meaningful digital and socio-technical forms of healthcare support. At the same time, already established digital solutions are evolving (e.g., mobile interfaces for hospital information systems) and are linked to new organizational and process requirements for cross-sector and integrated care chains.
The infraHEALTH conference has a longstanding interest in empirical, conceptual, theoretical, and technical contributions and has a tradition of innovation and inclusiveness.
Authors are invited to submit their work to infraHEALTH 2023 addressing topics that include, but are not limited to:
- Opportunities and challenges in the design and development of personal health data infrastructures
- Good and bad practices in designing and using personal-health data infrastructures
- Personal data flows in connected devices and context-related use of technologies
- Digitalization of health service delivery, e.g., caring at home, robotics, AI, conversational agents, exergames, digital twins
- Digital support for informal caregivers, for instance, for information, access to professionals or reaching out to peers or supporting associations
- Digital support for ad hoc needed emergencies, for example, self-supporting elderly people living at home suddenly in need of health services
- Digital support for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, critical perspectives on novel pandemic-related data infrastructures
- Digital infrastructures that are instantiated when needed but otherwise non-intrusive or in the background awaiting their need
- Integration of healthcare and data sharing across organizational units, professions, etc.
- Question of digitalization – the risks and implications of depriving individuals of offline choices
- Digital solutions to issues of privacy and security
- Support for self-management of health through digital infrastructures
- Digital access to complex health-related information by non-expert citizens
- Digital infrastructures for the visualization of healthcare data
- Emotional and social intelligence in infrastructures and healthcare
- Responsible use of AI-enabled decision-making in healthcare and welfare services
- New competencies and learning for patients and health professionals
All submissions will be single-blind and reviewed by at least two reviewers.
Accepted papers will be published in the EUSSET Digital Library.
The conference will take place in Siegen, Germany. The conference will be co-organized by the University of Siegen, the University of Agder, and Clausthal University of Technology. All accepted papers will be published in EUSSET´s Reports of the European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies in the EUSSET digital library (www.eusset.eu).
We look forward to welcoming you to an exciting conference in Siegen!
Konstantin Aal, David Unbehaun & Polyxeni Vassilakopoulou