DIGI-HEALTH 2024: The 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Digital and Public Health

Goals of the Workshop

The goal of the workshop is to exchange digital health information among researchers and practitioners from academia and industry on safe, reliable, and trustworthy real-world applications. DIGI-HEALTH 2024 will provide a forum for applied health research with a strong empirical component, focusing on the states of the art and of the practice of digital health. It will be a two sessions workshop during which researchers and practitioners will interact and address the challenges of, find potential solutions for, and share experiences with the development, release, and testing of robust solutions for digital health systems. It will also help to build connections among various communities. The workshop will consist of keynotes, and paper presentations, talks, working groups after each lighting session, and a fishbowl panel for semi-structured group discussions at the end of the workshop.

In the framework of public health, the workshop will bring together experts and practitioners to share research findings, developments, and practical experience pertaining to digital health.

Workshop Theme 

Digital health is a board of multi-disciplinary concepts of integrated technologies in the medical area, especially for public health. It includes mobile health (mHealth), health information technology (IT), wearable devices, telehealth, and telemedicine for the betterment of public health. Integrating and deploying information and communications technologies in medicine and health care professionals reduce public health risks, manage the illness, promote wellness and assist the care providers in the treatment process. In the market context, in 2020, the demand for digital health was estimated to be worth over 200 billion USD. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the demand and necessity for digital health have rapidly grown not only in developed countries but in all other developing and low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs) in the world. To increase the effectiveness of providing evidence-based healthcare, digital health offers potential to connect “digital technology” with health, the healthcare industry, daily life, and society. Establishing a digital health research lab is a source of digital health product for the market of public health.

Digital health is vital for health care to design systems that are secure, interoperable, modifiable, and scalable. However, there is no a consensus of crucial questions like what are the best practices for developing projects for digital health, how to select the best architecture, which communications protocols are the most suitable, and what are the best practices in terms of security and privacy.

Scope of the Workshop

Topics for papers and talks include but are not limited to:

  • Analysis of social media and crowdwourcing for predicting and monitoring infectious disease outbreaks, as well as planning and managing care and supply delivery.
  • Mobile health (mHealth) services and applications that involve the use of mobile devices to collect community and clinical health data, as well as the distribution of healthcare information to healthcare practitioners, researchers and patients.
  • Using digital health technologies to reduce disparities and improve participation among underserved and vulnerable communities
  • Monitoring of patient vital signs in real-time and the direct provision of care (telehealth/telemedicine) for the purpose of patient treatment, training and collabrating with healthcare professionals, among other uses of telehealth/telemedicine.
  • Service design for therapeutic algorithms and disease/condition-specific interventions (e.g., diabetes, obesity, COPD, dementia, post cancer treatment, allergies, mental health)
  • Models and architectures for integrated digital health care services
  • Digital health systems and technologies for the training and development of health care professionals

The implementation of digital health technology in the public domain will bring tremendous benefits and opportunities. However, there will be obstacles to overcome in order to improve its application.

Prospective participants are invited to submit a paper describing their work or ideas related to the workshop topics. We also welcome experience reports or discussion of work-in-progress as well as long papers (limited to 6 pages).

Paper Templates

IEEE Paper templates are available in MS Word 2003 and LaTex. All submissions must use US 8.5×11 letter page format.

IEEE Conference Publishing Policies

All submissions must adhere to IEEE Conference Publishing Policies.

IEEE Cross Check

All submission will be screened for plagiarized material through the IEEE Cross Check portal.

Important Dates – Workshops

Workshop, Fast Abstract, SRS, JC  papers due
April 15, 2024  Extended to April 21

Notification
May 1, 2024

Camera Ready & Registration due
May 25, 2024

Workshop Organizers

Workshop Advisory Committee

Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed, Marquette University, USA
Hossain Shahriar, Kennesaw State University, USA

Workshop General Chair

Amina Almarzouqi, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Email: amalmarzouqi[at]sharjah.ac.ae

Workshop Organizers

Syed Azizur Rahman, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Email: syrahman[at]sharjah.ac.ae

Nabeel Al-Yateem, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Email: nalyateem@sharjah.ac.ae 

Akm Jahangir Majumder, University of South Carolina Upstate, USA
Email: majumder@uscupstate.edu