Call for Papers: Use of OSS and ODF

CALL FOR PAPERS The Use of OSS and ODF in Health and Medical Systems Jun 22-23, 2006, Salt Lake City, Utah Special Track at the 19th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems

The support of Open Source Software (OSS) and Open Document Formats (ODF) in academic, governmental and business organizations has been continuously increasing over the last couple of years. However, the acceptance in the healthcare community is still low and adoption slow. This is often caused by misconceptions about OSS and ODF in relation to important issues such as software reliability and support, data security and legal liability. Healthcare IT solutions are available under OSS and ODF licenses, including Lab and EHR appliations, for small, medium and large clinical institutions.

As part of the IEEE symposium on CBMS, the Use of Open Source Software and Open Document Formats in Health and Medical Systems track invites original and high quality submissions addressing all aspects of OSS and ODF applications in the medical context. The topics of special interest include, but are not restricted to, the use of OSS and ODF in the following fields:

* Bioinformatics
* Biomedical Knowledge Management
* Biomedical Ontologies
* Biosurveillance and Disease Tracking
* Community Building with OSS in Healthcare
* Computerised Clinical Guidelines
* Decision Support Systems
* Drug and Interaction Databases
* Electronic Health Record Systems
* Health Care Applications for Mobile Devices
* Health Information Systems
* Laboratory Systems
* Medical Imaging
* Personal Health Records
* Public Health Care Applications
* Telehealth

Unlike workshops, where position papers and reports on initial and intended work are appropriate, papers selected for a special track should report on significant unpublished work suitable for publication as a conference paper and must not be simultaneously submitted or under review for any other workshop, conference or journal. Any paper found to be in violation of these rules will be rejected without review. More information about the symposium, registration fees and venue can be found on the CBMS 2006 Website.


Important Dates:
January 31st, 2006:
Submission of paper (6 pages maximum)
March 1st, 2006
Notification of acceptance
April 5th, 2006
Final, camera-ready papers are due.
April 8th, 2006
Pre-registration deadline.
June 22nd-23rd, 2006

You must pre-register to have your paper published in the proceedings. If you only plan to attend and are not submitting a paper, pre-registration is still strongly encouraged. This conference is space-limited, and registration may not be available on-site.

Submission Procedures
No hardcopy submissions are being accepted. Electronic submissions of original technical research papers will only be accepted in PDF format. File size is limited to 2 MB. Use a maximum of six A4 pages (approx. 3000 words), including figures and references. Include one cover sheet, stating the track title (‘The Use of OSS and ODF in Health and Medical Systems’), paper title, authors, the topic of special interest covered in the article, corresponding author’s information (telephone, fax, mailing address, e-mail address), and your preference for oral or poster presentation. Author names should appear only on the cover sheet, not on the paper. Submit your manuscript no later than January 31, 2006. Authors will be notified of acceptance by March 1st, 2006 after a review process by three independent experts. Each accepted paper to the Special Track on The Use of OSS and ODF in Health and Medical Systems will be published in the conference proceedings by IEEE CS Press, conditional upon the author’s advance registration. Papers that were not accepted by the Program Committee of the track can be considered for publication as regular submissions by the General Program Committee of IEEE CBMS 2006. Submission in the IEEE Computer Science Press 8.5x11inch format is encouraged. Formatting instructions, LaTeX macros and MSWord templates are available at The final decision on acceptance/rejection of special track papers, and the number and content of special track sessions will be made by General Chairs according to the review and recommendations made by Special Track Chairs.

All submissions will be done electronically via the CBMS web submission system.

Track Chairs
* Benjamin Jung, University of Victoria, Canada
* Jens Jahnke, University of Victoria, Canada
* Morgan Price, University of British Columbia, Canada

Track Program Committee
* Thomas Beale, Ocean Informatics and University College London, UK
* Tim Bray, Sun Microsystems, Canada
* Molly Cheah, Primary Care Doctors Organisation Malaysia (PCDOM)
* Joseph Dal Molin, WorldVistA and e-cology, Canada
* Beatriz de Faria Le�o, ATECH Foundation and VIDATIS HIS, S�o Paulo
* Daniel German, University of Victoria, Canada
* Peter Murray, IMIA OS-WG, OSNI and University College Winchester, UK
* Alric O’Connor, AMIA OS-WG
* Etienne Saliez, Virtual Care Team, Belgium

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