e-HPWAS'14: Second International Workshop on e-Health Pervasive Wireless Applications and Services

8th October 2014
Larnaca, Cyprus
in conjunction with 10th IEEE WiMob 2014

*Important dates*
- Paper submission: June 7, 2014
- Acceptance notification: July 15, 2014
- Camera ready paper: August 25, 2014
- e-HPWAS 2014 : October 8, 2014

*Call for paper *(pdf: http://ehpwas.org/ePHWAS_2014_Call_PDF.pdf)

Providing adapted e-health services, applications and platforms responds 
to a growing need of medical institutions like hospitals or even homes. 
Patients with long-term conditions, elderly and dependent persons need 
to receive e-health services and assistance in a simple, continuous and 
non intrusive way. When the e-health ecosystem meets the needs of 
targeted people and gains their acceptance, provided services will help 
to tackle the problems that face the nowadays world's population such as 
dependency, aging and healthcare for all. According to the United 
Nations projections, in 2050, the old-age dependency ratio of the 
population aged over 65 years will approximate 51,70% of the rest of the 
population. This situation points out the issue of developing autonomic 
healthcare systems and platforms that helps people to manage their own 
health with new services and better adapt institutionally based services.
The international IEEE workshop of e-Health Pervasive Wireless 
Applications and Services e-HPWAS'14 (in conjunction with the 10h IEEE 
WiMob conference) targets providing optimal, secured and context aware 
e-health services with the best quality of services (QoS) and user's 
experience (QoE). Applications and services are considered in wireless 
environments and architecture with a strong heterogeneity of the used 
access technologies, sensors, terminals, users'needs and services (data, 
content, live streams or complex network services). Emerging e-Health 
services and applications can involve the use of "heavy" content such as 
multimedia content and streams (e.g. 3D-TV, media conferencing, remote 
live diagnostics) using conventional e-health equipments and devices but 
also using modern devices like smart TV sets, home-boxes, smartphones 
and tablets. The considered issues of e-HPWAS are related to e-Health 
care and safety services provided for patients, elderly and dependent 
persons. These services are generally built using different 
communication technologies, for different profiles of people and in 
different contexts and places (e.g. in health institutions, at home, in 
the city). Ideally, provided services should be accessible anytime, 
anywhere and using any kind of device or platform.
Different norms can be used within the e-health ecosystem hence the 
network interoperability has to be considered carefully in the design of 
context aware applications and services. Heterogeneity is present at 
different levels and still an open issue in e-health systems. In 
addition to the heterogeneity of patients' profiles and service 
characteristics, the health environment involves a wide range of 
required sensors and actuators (e.g. blood pressure and temperature, 
insulin delivery, appliance control, presence sensors) that can be 
sometimes very close to the user such in Body Area Networks. Sensors use 
usually different wireless access methods, need to work together and 
communicate with the rest of the infrastructure (if it exists): 
gateways, servers, local smart objects or with the intelligence existed 
in the medical institution, home or in the cloud. Faced to the strong 
heterogeneity of the environment where e-health services are provided, 
mechanisms of making autonomic decisions (e.g. diagnostics, continuous 
monitoring, alerts, assistance) have to be identified and studied in 
different levels. For a given service or application, the automatic 
identification of required sensors and actuators should be ensured and 
tailored to the context of the person (e.g. health status, mobility, 
dependency degree) and the characteristics/constraints of the used 
communication technology and the platform.
Other opened issues concern the deployment and placement of sensors in 
the communication architecture. Services deployment should be optimized 
to guarantee the best network coverage, coordination between sensors and 
middleware or gateways, possible attachment to the network 
infrastructure and delay tolerant networking aspects. The cohabitation 
of different access methods and communication technologies of sensors 
and the other devices involves sensor/device discovery, network 
attachment and exploitation of the function that a sensor could provide. 
The heterogeneity of the communication technologies used within the same 
e-health system may affect negatively the performance of the 
architecture and result on a non optimized network traffic even only in 
the discovery phase of existing sensors and services. Dealing with the 
existing heterogeneity should lead to optimal approaches that identify 
available sensors and devices, available functions provided by the 
hardware, available services and their possible composition to match a 
given context, normalized interfaces required to interact with the 
different actors in the e-health context aware ecosystem.
eHPWAS encourages the submission of original works describing research 
results, practical or industrial e-health solutions. Papers describing 
advanced prototypes, platforms, techniques and general survey for 
discussing future perspectives and directions are also encouraged.

Topics include but are not limited to:

- E-Health services in smart environments (smart homes, smart medical 
institutions, smart cities)
- User acceptance of advanced and complex e-health services
- Sensor networks for e-Health services
- Quality of Experience (QoE) with e-health applications, services and 
network technologies
- E-Health services composition and adaptation
- Wireless sensors, mobiles and cognitive radio networks
- Network interoperability in the e-health ecosystems
- Delay tolerant networking (DTN) with e-health services development
- *Existing and ongoing Web norms and technologies for e-Health*
- Context Models for people monitoring and Activities of Daily Living (ADL)
- Heterogeneity of e-Health environments and platforms (used sensors and 
actuators, heterogeneous access technologies, medical places)
- Techniques and models for performance evaluation, simulation, and 
- Wireless networking security and privacy (e.g. access networks, 
exchanged and shared medical data)

All accepted papers will be published in the WiMob 2014 conference 
proceedings published by IEEE, and will be accessible via IEEE Xplore 
Digital Library and indexed by DBLP. The workshops will be held on 8 
October 2014, Larnaca, Cyprus.
All papers will be considered for the Best Paper Award. The workshop 
organizers will select a number of candidates for the award among 
accepted papers.

The e-HPWAS organizers plan to have selected papers appear in a special 
journal issue. A selection of accepted papers will be considered and 
authors will be invited to produce an extended version to be published 
in a special issue of the International Journal of E-Health and Medical 
Communications (IJEHMC).

For any enquiries, please contact: Tayeb.Lemlouma[at]irisa.fr

Received on Wednesday, 7 May 2014 20:21:40 UTC