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HealthIQ: Workshop on Health Information Quality

The last decade has seen significant changes in the health information landscape. Patients and caregivers now access health information through a myriad of avenues -- from patient health records to online health portals, from online health discussion groups to Twitter and other social media. However, these changes have also made it easy to publish and disseminate misinformation and, in turn, adversely affect the quality of health information available to patients, caregivers, and medical professionals.

We present a new workshop named HealthIQ 2015, the workshop on Health Information Quality, that would focus on issues pertaining to the quality of information in health and healthcare. The workshop will be held along with the IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics (ICHI) in Dallas, Texas, USA from October 21 - 23, 2015. We envision this edition to be potentially the first in a series of high-impact workshops and symposia focusing on quality, understandability, and reliability of online health information.

HealthIQ 2015 will focus on research articles, panels, and works in progress that address the challenges of poor quality health information available to consumers. We believe the workshop will help fill the gap in understanding information quality challenges across different areas of healthcare. This understanding on problems and current issues with health and healthcare information would serve as an important reference for future research in healthcare informatics. The workshop encourages new collaborations and inter-disciplinary research to build computational tools, linguistic resources, and cognitive models around health information quality. Papers reflecting synergic collaboration between the fields of health informatics, computational science, and social science are strongly encouraged.

Workshop Topics

HealthIQ 2015 will invite submissions on (but not limited to) the following aspects of health information:
  • Quality issues in health related websites, including, but not limited to, trustworthiness, usability, and biases
  • Quality issues in consumer health informatics
  • Quality of electronic health records (EHRs)
  • Effectiveness and usability of patient portals
  • Readability of medical artifacts
  • Dissemination of health information in media, including social media
  • Challenges in understanding, parsing, and analyzing some of the health information artifacts above, including linguistic challenges
  • Evaluation of computational methodologies that address some of the above challenges
  • Societal implications of poor healthcare data

Paper Submission Guidelines

Authors may submit regular papers (up to 10 pages), short papers (up to 6 pages), and demo papers (up to 4 pages) in the similar format as that followed by ICHI. Papers must adhere to the IEEE Proceedings Format available for LaTex and Word, and submitted as a single PDF file.

All submissions will undergo a double-blind review and handled electronically. The selection of paper will be primarily based on the potential to generate discussion and impact future research directions. Accepted papers will be included in the ICHI 2015 Proceedings and IEEE Digital Library. Please read the detailed submission instructions here.

To contact HealthIQ organizers, please email to