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Workshop on Networked Healthcare Technology (NetHealth)

Net Health Schedule is available Click here.

List of Accepted Papers Click here.

The world's pressing healthcare needs may benefit from judicious application of networked information technology. Future networked information systems will support, for example, clinical workflow, remote diagnosis and consultation, e-prescribing, and mobile data collection and surveillance, disease outbreak identification and patient participation in their own wellbeing and care. Mobile-computing technology may be particularly helpful in improving access to healthcare (geography, monetary and informational), by encouraging personal health management, and by enabling patient and provider mobility. Wearable medical devices are emerging, to measure essential vital signs like pulse, respiration, ECG, blood glucose level, and patient mobility. Handheld devices support clinicians in urban hospitals, and portable diagnostic kits allow remote healthcare teams to more easily reach rural villages.

The widespread availability of mobile phones, and recent experiments with low-cost, long-range broadband wireless networks, bring connectivity to all these opportunities. We encourage papers that present novel ideas for networked computing technology in support of healthcare, and which are likely to invoke thoughtful discussion at the workshop.

Research papers should focus on all aspects of networked healthcare technologies. Of interest, though not exclusively, are the following topics:

  • remote diagnosis and remote consultation
  • clinical applications of mobile or networked healthcare
  • mobile and wearable medical sensing applications
  • design of wearable and home-care health devices
  • sensor networks for public health monitoring and surveillance
  • networked mobile technology for rural healthcare
  • security and privacy in healthcare application
  • experience from technology deployments
  • usability of mobile health applications and devices
  • applications to emergency response and disaster response
  • cost-efficient and energy-efficient networking for remote healthcare
  • remote access to electronic health records

Papers should be limited to 6 pages in IEEE format, not submitted concurrently elsewhere in any form, and present new contributions regarding either technology or experience in deploying technology. Papers should be submitted via EDAS.

The workshop will also include a poster session, where researchers are encouraged to present work-in-progress on any of the topics above. Posters regarding experience with NetHealth or mHealth prototypes or pilot deployments are particularly encouraged. To be considered for the session, please submit a 1-page abstract in IEEE format according to the deadlines below. Instructions for poster preparation will be sent to accepted authors.

Tuesday, 04 January 2011

PC chair

  • Dr Satish Rath, Wipro Technologies

PC members

  • Divya Ramchandran, U.C. Berkeley
  • Sudipta Mukhopadhyay, IIT Kharagpur
  • Sangeeta Bhattacharya, Intel labs
  • Kumar Rajamani, GE Research
  • Srinivas A, PES
  • M Mahadevappa, SMST IIT Kharagpur
  • Vinayak Nayak, IIIT Delhi

Steering committee:

  • David Kotz, Dartmouth College
  • K. Gopinath, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Satish Rath, Wipro Technologies
  • Bill Thies, Microsoft Research
  • Shyam Vasudeverao, Philips Healthcare

NetHealth Schedule
The detailed conference schedule is available here.

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM Welcome Note by PC Chair.
9:30 AM -10:00 AM Dr. S.K. Mishra, Dean Tele-Medicine School of India, SGPGI Lucknow -Invited Speaker
10:00 AM -11:00 AM Paper Session - I
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Tea Break
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Introduction to a Disruptive PHR Model - Mr. Prakash Reddy, GE Healthcare - Invited Speaker
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Paper Session - II
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Bringing Video and Collaboration to Connected Healthcare- Susheela Venkataraman, CISCO - Invited Speaker
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Panel on Social Networking,
Health and Privacy in the Indian Context
Panelists' David Kotz, Kumar Rajamani,
V. Shyam, Bill Thies
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Demos and Exhibits
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Poster session (along with tea/coffee)
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Group discussion - Important Themes from the
Workshop and Future Directions


Paper submission deadline **EXTENDED**
Sunday, 31 October 2010

Notification of acceptance
Sunday, 21 November 2010

Poster/ Demo submission deadline
Friday, 10 December 2010
Submit Posters using this EDAS LINK

Poster submission guidelines: Click here for Poster submission guidelines
Notification of Acceptance : Friday, 12 December 2010.

Camera ready submission
Sunday, 19 December 2010
Click here for Camera Ready guidelines


List of Accepted Papers

Paper Session I
Tuesday, 4 January 2011
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

  • An Electronic Travel Aid for Navigation of Visually Impaired Persons
    Authors: Amit Kumar, Checktronix India Pvt. Ltd., India
    Rusha Patra, IIT Kharagpur, India
    Manjunatha M, IIT Kharagpur, India
    Jayanta Mukhopadhyay IIT Kharagpur, India
    Arun Kumar Majumdar IIT Kharagpur, India

    Abstract: This paper presents an electronic travel aid for blind people to navigate safely and quickly, an obstacle detection system using ultrasonic sensors and USB camera based visual navigation has been considered. The proposed system detects the obstacles up to 300 cm via sonar and sends feedback (beep sound) to inform the person about its location. In addition to this, an USB webcam is connected with eBox 2300 Embedded System for capturing the field of view of the user, which is used for finding the properties of the obstacle in particular, in the context of this work, locating a human being. Identification of human presence is based on face detection and cloth texture analysis. The major constraints for these algorithms to run on Embedded System are small image frame (160x120) having reduced faces, limited memory and very less processing time available to achieve real time image processing requirements. The algorithms are implemented in C++ using Visual Studio 5.0 IDE, which runs on Windows CE* environment.

  • Improving the Efficiency of Healthcare Delivery System in Underdeveloped Rural Areas
    Authors: Amarjeet Singh, UCLA, USA
    Vinayak S Naik, IIIT Delhi, India
    Sangeeta Lal, IIITD, India
    Abstract: A low doctor-to-patient ratio in rural areas of underdeveloped regions results in an inefficient delivery of healthcare. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) could play an important role in improving the efficiency. In this position paper, we present an architectural framework to use mobile technology for efficient delivery of healthcare to masses. The proposed framework is (1) comprehensive to cover majority of critical diseases, including CVD and Leptospirosis, (2) sound from medical science point of view, (3) interfacable to Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system, and (4) self-learning in order automatically diagnose and predict future outbreaks. We present preliminary data and share social experiences from a pilot conducted for finding cases of Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD) in rural areas of Punjab, India. We propose to a conduct similar study for diagnosing Leptospirosis in rural areas of Gujarat, India.

Paper Session II
Tuesday, 4 January 2011
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

  • A threat taxonomy for mHealth privacy
    Author: David Kotz (Dartmouth College, USA)
    Abstract: Networked mobile devices have great potential to enable individuals (and their physicians) to better monitor their health and to manage medical conditions. In this paper, we examine the privacy-related threats to these so-called mHealth technologies. We develop a taxonomy of the privacy-related threats, and discuss some of the technologies that could support privacy-sensitive mHealth systems. We conclude with a brief summary of research challenges.


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