[PlanetKR] Call for Papers:ProHealth’12 / KR4HC’12 (deadline June 1)

Annette ten Teije annette at cs.vu.nl
Sat May 12 03:43:41 EST 2012

Full Day Workshop ProHealth’12 / KR4HC’12
5th International Workshop on Process-oriented Information Systems in Healthcare
4th International Workshop on Knowledge Representation for Health Care  

Tallinn, Estonia –  September 3rd, 2012

In conjunction with the 10th International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM12)

Workshop Web site: http://mis.hevra.haifa.ac.il/~morpeleg/events/prohealth_KR4HC_2012



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.

History of the Two Workshops

Providing computer-based support in healthcare is a topic that has been picking up speed for more than two decades. We are 
witnessing a plethora of different workshops devoted to various topics involving computer applications for healthcare. Our 
goal has been to try to join forces with other communities in order to learn from each other, advance science, and create a 
stronger and larger community. The history of the two workshops, KR4HC and ProHealth demonstrates the efforts we have done 
in that direction so far, reaching this year, a joint workshop between communities who have been actively holding such 
workshops since the year 2000.

The first KR4HC workshop, held in conjunction with the 12th Artificial Intelligence in Medicine conference (AIME'09), 
brought together members of two existing communities: the clinical guidelines and protocols community, who held a line of 
four workshops (European Workshop on Computerized Guidelines and Protocols (CPG'2000, CPG'2004); AI Techniques in Health 
Care: Evidence-based Guidelines and Protocols 2006; Computer-based Clinical Guidelines and Protocols 2008) and a related 
community who held a series of three workshops / special tracks devoted to the formalization, organization, and deployment 
of procedural knowledge in healthcare (CBMS’07 Special Track on Machine Learning and Management of Health Care Procedural 
Knowledge 2007; From Medical Knowledge to Global Health Care 2007; Knowledge Management for Health Care Procedures 2008). 

Since then, two more KR4HC workshops have been held, in conjunction with the ECAI’10 and the AIME’11 conferences.
The first ProHealth workshop took place in the context of the 5th Int’l Conference on Business Process Management (BPM) in 
2007. The next three ProHealth Workshops were also held in conjunction with BPM conferences (BPM'08, BPM’09, and BPM’11). 
The aim of ProHealth has been to bring together researchers from the BPM and the Medical Informatics communities. As the 
workshop was associated with the BPM conference that had never been attended by researchers from the Medical Informatics 
community, we had included Medical Informatics researchers as keynote speakers of the workshop, members of the program 
committee, and to our delight, saw a number of researchers from the Medical Informatics community actively participating in 
ProHealth workshops. Following the keynote talk given by Manfred Reichert from the BPM community at the Artificial 
Intelligence in Medicine 2011 (AIME’11) conference, where KR4HC was held, the organizers of ProHealth and KR4HC workshops 
have shown their interest to hold their workshops in conjunction as part of the BPM'12 conference, which marks a landmark 
in the collaboration between the two communities. We are continuing the efforts that started three years ago by members of 
the Software Engineering in Health Care (SEHC) community to strengthen the collaboration between the ProHealth and SEHC 


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 1-day workshop will comprise accepted long and short papers, tool presenta­tions, and 1-2 keynotes. Papers should be 
submitted in advance and will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. An informal proceedings will 
be available during the workshop. At least one author for each accepted paper should register for the workshop and present 
the paper. The selected best long (full) papers will be included in the formal proceedings, which will be published as part 
of the LNAI Springer series.


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers for presentation in any of the areas listed above. Only papers in English 
will be accepted. Three types of submissions are possible: (1) full papers (12 pages long) reporting mature research 
results, (2) position papers reporting research that may be in preliminary stage not yet been evaluated, and (3) tool 
reports. Position papers and tool reports should be no longer than 6 pages. Papers must present original research 
contributions not concurrently submitted elsewhere.
Papers should be submitted in the LNCS  format. The title page must contain a short abstract, a classification of the 
topics covered, preferably using the list of topics above, and an indication of the submission category (regular paper, 
position paper, or tool report).


Papers (in PDF format) should be submitted electronically via the Easychair system 



Deadline for workshop paper submissions: 1 June 2012

Notification of Acceptance: 2 July 2012
Camera-ready version: 30 July 2012
ProHealth/KR4HC Workshop: 3 September 2012


A Keynote talk will be given by Prof. Yuval Shahar form Ben-Gurion University, Israel.


Richard Lenz, University of Erlangen and Nuremberg, Germany
Silvia Miksch, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Mor Peleg, University of Haifa, Israel
Manfred Reichert, University of Ulm, Germany
David Riaסo, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain
Annette ten Teije, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Mor Peleg
Department of Information Systems
Rabin Bldg., room 7049
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel, 31905
E-Mail: morpeleg at is.haifa.ac.il
Tel: +972-4-824-9641


Syed Sibte Raza Abidi, Dalhousie University, Canada
Roberta Annicchiarico, Santa Lucia Hospital, Italy
Luca Anselma, Universitא di Torino, Italy
Joseph Barjis, TU Delft, The Netherlands
Oliver Bott, University of Applied Sciences and Art, Hanover, Germany
Fabio Campana, CAD RMB, taly
Adela Grando, UCSD, USA
Robert Greenes, Harvard University, USA
Femida Gwadry-Sridhar, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Frank van Harmelen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
David Isern, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
Stefan Jablonski, Universitהt Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany
Katharina Kaiser, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Patty Kostkova, City University London, UK
Vassilis Koutkias, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece 
Peter Lucas, University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Wendy MacCaull, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada
Ronny Mans, Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Mar Marcos, Universitat Jaume I, Spain
Stefani Montani, Universitא del Piemonte Orientale, Alessandria, Italy
Bela Mutschler, University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten, Germany
Oystein Nytro, Norwegian University of Science and Tehcnology,Norway
Leon Osterweil, University. of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Silvana Quaglini, University of Pavia, Italy
Hajo Reijers, Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Kitty Rosenbrand, CBO, The Netherlands
Shazia Sadiq, The University of Queensland, Australia
Danielle Sent, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Brigitte Seroussi, STIM, DPA/DSI/AP-HP, France
Andreas Seyfang, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Yuval Shahar, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Ton Spil, University of Twente,The Netherlands
Maria Taboada, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Paolo Terenziani, Univ. del Piemonte Orientale Amedeo Avogadro, Italy
Lucineia Thom, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Samson Tu, Stanford University, USA
Dongwen Wang, University of Rochester, USA
Barbara Weber, University of Innsbruck, Austria

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