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Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Communication Design Quarterly: Health and Medical Discourses
05/01/2014
Communication Design Quarterly

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Communication Design Quarterly: Health and Medical Discourses

In today’s often bewildering world of scientific, technological, cultural, and political change, medicine faces human problems and possibilities that transcend traditional academic disciplines. As such, communication about health and medicine is ever more important in shaping our understandings of our cultures, our politics, and ourselves. In an effort to map the changing climate of health care and medical communication, Communication Design Quarterly invites proposals for a Fall 2015 special issue on health and medicine.

Recent discussions at the intersections of English Studies, communication studies, and technical and professional communication have emphasized the importance of key issues including dissemination, ethics, connections, theory, and methods. Further, scholars have noted the importance of considering how conversations about health care are always already inflected by popular understandings of genetics, disease, and embodiment (Condit; Keranen; Koerber; Scott). This special issue seeks to expand these conversations by contributing to a growing body of collaborative and interdisciplinary work in health, medicine, and society. Submissions may focus on exploring and critiquing communication design concepts and practices that shape our understandings of health and medicine; pathology, disease, and illness; ability, choice, and access; and/or wellness and fitness. We additionally welcome interrogation of tensions between public health and privatized health care, neuroscience and enculturated practice, and reproductive health care and privilege in popular communication as well as investigation of  gendered and racialized patterns of care and their uptake in news media. We are especially interested in submissions that include discussion of interdisciplinary approaches, environmental rhetorics, visual communication, and experiential/embodied knowledges. Further, we are excited to consider proposals for pieces that subvert and transgress the conventions of traditional scholarly articles. Collaborative essays, multimodal works, photo essays, posters, and other alternative media are strongly encouraged.

Potential questions that submissions might address include:

What do evolving definitions of medical rhetoric/health communication make possible and/or limit?

What are the primary distinctions, contradictions, and connections between humanities-based orientations and social sciences-based orientations to health and medical communication?

What are best practices in the design of health and medical communication?

How do health and medical researchers disseminate their work and what implications do common rhetorical choices in those communications have?

What productive points of confluence in theory and methods work can help to produce more efficient health and medical communication? And for whom must health and medical communication be efficient?

What practices can technical communicators engage in to promote social justice in the contexts of health and medical communication?

How can various approaches to the design of health and medical communication affect public perceptions of risk and ethical accountability?

What research challenges do health and medical communications researchers face?

What roles do the Internet and social media play in health communication?

In what ways have recent political interventions altered the ways we communicate about health and medicine, and what might this mean for future health/medical communicators and practitioners?

Please send article proposals of up to 500 words and a short c.v. to Lisa Meloncon (Meloncon@tek-ritr.com) and Erin Frost (FrostE@ecu.edu). 

Schedule is as follows:

Proposals due:  May 1, 2014

Notifications for full drafts: May 15, 2014

Full drafts due: December 1, 2014

Final revisions due: April 1, 2015

Academic, Health Educator, Health Services Researcher, Neuroscientist, Physician Researcher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Social Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness: the Role of Communication in Public Health Preparedness Measures and Response to Pandemics
06/30/2014
Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness: the Role of Communication in Public Health Preparedness Measures and Response to Pandemics

The journal for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness is publishing a special issue in 2014 on the role of communication in public health preparedness measures and response to pandemics, with particular reference to infectious disease outbreaks.

Within the scope of the 7th Framework Programme, the European Commission has funded two projects (TELL ME and Ecom@EU) which are currently investigating the factors that impact on and influence communication strategies and their relative effectiveness during a pandemic. This special issue aims to bring together the most relevant research from these projects, as well as invite other contributors who have an interest in this area.

We welcome paper submissions from a variety of disciplines for this special issue. Submissions for research, editorials, commentaries that fit the theme of this special issue will also be considered.

Thematic areas

Contributions are welcomed in the following thematic areas (but not limited to):

• Crisis preparedness framework

• Tools for outbreak communication

• Models for outbreak communication

• Information management and access

• Public involvement in communications

• Governance and policy issues

• Ethical and legal issues

• Socio-cultural contexts

• Vaccination campaigns

• Social marketing

• Business continuity

• Mass media / Social media

• Training and education

• Risk and uncertainty

Important dates

Deadline for Submission: June 30, 2014

Print Publication: October, 2014

Submission guidelines

Full instructions on how to prepare a submission can be viewed at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/dmp.

Guest Editors
Prof. Pier Luigi Lopalco, MD
Head of Scientific Assessment Section
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Litjen (L.J) Tan, MS, PhD
Chief Strategy Officer
Immunization Action Coalition

Health Services Researcher, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant
Call for Papers: Lessons from the Field: Health IT-Enabled Community-Based Transformation
04/18/2014
eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes)

Call for Papers: Lessons from the Field: Health IT-Enabled Community-Based Transformation

Volume 2, Issue 3 (2014)

All manuscripts must be received by April 18, 2014.

eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes), a product of the Electronic Data Methods (EDM) Forum, is an open access journal focused on using electronic health data to advance research and quality improvement, with the overall goal of improving patient and community outcomes.

Unprecedented efforts to drive improvement in health care and reduce costs using health information technology (Health IT) are underway at the national, state, and community level. Given the complexity of these efforts and the rapid pace of development and change, those involved are often in a position of breaking new ground.

With support from the Commonwealth Fund, AcademyHealth’s Beacon Evidence and Innovation Network is sponsoring this special issue in eGEMs to capture important insights and lessons from these efforts so that others can learn from their experiences. Dr. Jonathan Weiner and Dr. Hadi Kharrazi, from the Center for Population Health Information Technology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will be serving as guest editors for this special issue.

Invited Perspectives and Topics

We are particularly interested in initiatives that emphasize ways to share, integrate and use new data sources, including but not limited to electronic clinical data from EHRs or patient generated data from mobile devices or applications. Within this context, we encourage papers from community-based initiatives (E.g., Beacon Communities, Aligning Forces for Quality Alliances) that address one or more of the following specific topic areas:

Challenges and solutions associated with collection and collation of community-wide data sources (e.g., data standards, technical or organizational innovations, protocols for assuring data quality and timeliness).

Approaches for establishing or expanding community-wide health information exchange or other cross-community Health IT capabilities (e.g., IT architecture, organizational or partnership innovations, governance)

Strategies for designing and implementing effective Health IT enabled community-wide interventions targeted at consumers, clinicians or other key parties (e.g., workflow redesign, user interface, analytics tools, innovations in decision support)

Methods for engaging key stakeholders to assure dissemination (e.g., consumer group involvement in communications strategy) and sustainability (e.g., financing models, payer/provider partnerships)

We seek papers that focus on the process of transformation, rather than on an assessment of end results. Therefore, submissions that emphasize practical experiential learning, methods or tools that community- based or other cross-organization consortia can adapt to future efforts will be of particular interest. The focus of these collaborative initiatives may be the improvement of health care quality, efficiency, or equity on broad population and/or public health targets.

Why Submit?

Contribute your knowledge to important and timely discussions about application of health IT to community-based quality improvement, population health initiatives, or clinical transformation efforts.

Have confidence papers will be reviewed in a timely manner by a committee of peers with relevant Health IT experience and expertise.

Achieve a broad readership enabled by free, open access to publications. In the past year, eGEMs publications have been downloaded more than 10,000 times!

Questions?

If you are unsure about whether your effort is in scope for this special issue, we would be pleased to review a one page abstract in advance of the April 18, 2014 manuscript deadline. Please submit your abstract or any questions to Abigail Schachter at abigail.schachter@academyhealth.org.

Computer Scientist, Informatician, Information Scientist, Nurse Researcher, Physician Researcher, Technologist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology: Collaboration Technologies and Systems for Disaster Management
07/16/2014
International Journal of Information and Communication Technology

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology: Collaboration Technologies and Systems for Disaster Management

Guest Editors:

Nadia Nouali-Taboudjemat, Nadjib Badache and Omar Nouali, CERIST, Algeria

Aris M. Ouksel, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Zakaria Maamar, Zayed University, UAE

Although disasters differ depending on the nature and context in which they occur, their management faces almost the same and repetitive set of challenges. These challenges are mainly related to inter-organisational relationships and the commitments of multiple stakeholders collaborating under severe time and resource constraints.

For this special Issue we are particularly interested in original work on the current state of research and development in collaboration technologies and systems for disaster management. This includes the whole cycle of detection, prevention, readiness, response, and recovery from disasters.

Typically, responding to a disaster or crisis requires multiple distributed agencies, task groups and individuals to be involved in making collaborative decisions and taking coordinated actions. Thus, contributions that improve information technology support for collaboration in disaster management and emergency responses are solicited.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management (ICT-DM'2014), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Subject Coverage

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Collaborative information system architectures, frameworks and technologies

Human-computer intelligent interaction

Pervasive middleware/systems for emergency management

Emergency communication systems

Wireless networks and sensors networks for emergency management

Wireless protocols for emergency management

QoS in critical communications

Interactive communication media/content

Distributed/cooperative media

Collaborative decision making under stress, time pressure and limited resources

Internet/web-based systems/products

Service-oriented architectures for collaboration

Cloud computing for disaster management

Ontology-based approaches for collaboration

Contextual and situation-based collaboration

Security and privacy concerns in information sharing

Social media and networks for participation and collaboration

Modelling and simulation of collaboration

Information infrastructure and electronic governance

Public transportation and traffic management

Geospatial information technology and geo-collaboration

Web mapping and geographic information systems (GIS)

Visualisation and visual analytics

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online.

Important Dates

Submission of manuscripts: 16 July, 2014

Notification to authors: 16 September, 2014

Final versions due: 16 November, 2014

Academic, Computer Scientist, Information Scientist, Public Health Expert, Public Servant, Technologist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing: Localisation and Positioning for Healthcare Applications
07/01/2014
International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing: Localisation and Positioning for Healthcare Applications

Guest Editors:

Dr. Houbing Song, West Virginia University Institute of Technology and West Virginia Center of Excellence for Cyber-Physical Systems, USA

Dr. Sana Ullah, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Hsiao-Hwa Chen, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Dr. Dalei Wu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Accurate localisation and positioning are becoming increasingly important for a wide range of applications including healthcare applications. Conventional localisation techniques are not suitable for healthcare due to the mobility and dynamics of patients. In addition, these techniques do not provide immediate, secure and accurate positioning information of patients in life-critical situations.

There is an urgent need to develop novel localisation and positioning techniques for healthcare applications, which must be able to accurately locate patients during abnormal circumstances. For example, these novel techniques may be able to interact with body area networks in order to locate patients who are expecting a heart attack.

Also, recent advances in cloud computing, including cloud storage, cloud database, and cloud collaboration, offer tremendous opportunities for patient localisation. By leveraging the opportunities and advantages offered by cloud computing, cloud-assisted localisation has the potential to revolutionise localisation and promises a new era of localisation in healthcare applications.

This special issue invites present research and review articles in order to promote research activities on localisation and positioning for healthcare applications. Original analytical, experimental and systems-related papers on the theme will be considered.

Subject Coverage

Topics include but are not limited to:

Cloud-assisted data processing, mining and fusion for patient localisation

Mobile cloud computing for patient localisation

Social network-based localisation of patients

Network architectures and protocols for patient localisation

Intelligent medical devices and sensors for localisation

Hardware and software of localisation for healthcare (RFID, IMU, smartphones, etc.)

Simulations and test-bed implementations

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our information on preparing and submitting articles.

Important Dates

Paper submission due: 1 July, 2014

Decision notification: 1 November, 2014

Revised paper submission: 1 December, 2014

Final paper submission: 25 January, 2015

Computer Scientist, Informatician, Information Scientist, Technologist