5th International Workshop on Knowledge Representation for Health Care (KR4HC'13) and the 6th International Workshop on Process-Oriented Information Systems in Healthcare (ProHealth’13)
Organized as One Full Day Workshop
Acronym: KR4HC’13 / ProHealth’13
Murcia, Spain – June 1st, 2013
In conjunction with the 14th Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIME'13)
Healthcare organizations are facing the challenge of delivering high quality services to their patients at affordable costs. These challenges become more prominent with the growth in the aging population with chronic diseases and the rise of healthcare costs. High degree of specialization of medical disciplines, huge amounts of medical knowledge and patient data to be consulted in order to provide evidence-based recommendations, and the need for personalized healthcare are prevalent trends in this information-intensive domain. The emerging situation necessitates computer-based support of healthcare process & knowledge management as well as clinical decision-making.
This workshop brings together researchers from two communities who have been addressing these challenges from two different perspectives. The knowledge-representation for healthcare community, which is part of the larger medical informatics community, has been focusing on knowledge representation and reasoning to support knowledge management and clinical decision-making. This community has been developing efficient representations, technologies, and tools for integrating all the important elements that health care providers work with: Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and healthcare information systems, clinical practice guidelines, and standardized medical vocabularies. The process-oriented information systems in healthcare community, which is part of the larger business process management (BPM) community, has been studying ways to adopt BPM technology in order to provide effective solutions for healthcare process management. BPM technology has been successfully used in other sectors for establishing process-aware enterprise information systems (vs. collections of stand-alone systems for different departments in the organization). Adopting BPM technology in the healthcare sector is starting to address some of the unique characteristics of healthcare processes, including their high degree of flexibility, the integration with EMRs and shared semantics of healthcare domain concepts, and the need for tight cooperation and communication among medical care teams.
This joint workshop brings together two approaches: healthcare process support, as addressed in previous ProHealth workshops, and healthcare knowledge representation as dealt with in previous KR4HC workshops. The workshop shall elaborate both the potential and the limitations of the two approaches for supporting healthcare process & healthcare knowledge management as well as clinical decision-making. It shall further provide a forum wherein challenges, paradigms, and tools for optimized knowledge-based clinical process support can be debated. We want to bring together researchers and practitioners from these different, yet similar fields to improve the understanding of domain specific requirements, methods and theories, tools and techniques, and the gaps between IT support and healthcare processes yet to be closed. This forum also provides an opportunity to explore how the approaches from the two communities could be better integrated.
Original contributions are sought, regarding the development of theory, techniques, and use cases of Artificial Intelligence and / or process management in the area of healthcare, particularly connected to patient data, clinical guidelines and healthcare processes.
Submitted papers will be evaluated on the basis of significance, originality, technical quality, and exposition. Papers should clearly establish their research contribution and the relation to the goals of the workshop.
The scope of the workshop includes, but is not limited to the following areas:
Process modeling in healthcare
Computer-interpretable clinical guidelines / protocols and decision support
Workflow management in healthcare
Semantic integration of healthcare processes with electronic medical records
Knowledge representation and ontologies for healthcare processes
Temporal knowledge representations and exploitation
Facilitating knowledge-acquisition of healthcare processes
Visualization, monitoring and mining healthcare processes
Knowledge extraction from healthcare databases and EPRs
Knowledge combination, personalization and adaptation of healthcare processes
Compliance of healthcare processes
Evaluation of quality and safety of careflow systems
Managing flexibility and exceptions in healthcare processes
Process optimization and simulation in healthcare organizations and healthcare networks
Experiences in deploying knowledge-based tools in healthcare
Patient empowerment in healthcare
Linking clinical care and clinical research
Lifecycle management for healthcare processes
Context-aware healthcare processes
Ambient intelligence & smart processes in healthcare
Mobile process support in healthcare
Process interoperability & standards in healthcare
Process-oriented system architectures in healthcare
The workshop is planned for a full-day. It will start with a quick round of introductions by presenters and participants. It will feature an invited talk as well as the presentations of selected long and short papers. A poster and demo session, featuring the selected short papers, will be conducted during one of the coffee breaks. We will end the workshop with a discussion and ideas for the next event.
Intended Audience The KR4HC/ProHealth workshop will deal with different facets of process-aware information systems in healthcare and will give insights into the technological challenges, applications, and perspectives emerging for BPM technology in this context. With varied contents, we hope to present a lively and inspiring program for participants from academia, industry, and healthcare organizations.