Important Dates

Description of the topics

One of fundamental issues that healthcare/biomedical researchers encounter today is how to make use of the enormous amount of electronic healthcare/biomedical data. Healthcare knowledge discovery from the data holds great promise to improve the quality of patient care, prevent potential medical errors, and reduce healthcare cost. In addition, this may enable the practices of medicine to be (healthcare) data-driven and accelerate evidence-based medicine. Establishing a methodology for knowledge discovery and management of large amounts of health/biomedical data has therefore become a main priority in health informatics and biomedicine. To accomplish this objective, both practical applications and theoretical research will be essential.


Organized in conjunction with BIBM 2008, the goal of this workshop is to attract various researchers from both computer science, information science, biomedical informatics, biomedicine, and healthcare for sharing and exchanging their awareness of current research issues, technologies, and ideas. Papers are welcome from the following topics (but not limited to):


-          Personalized medicine

-          Health information technology (HIT)

-          Evidence-based medical practice using HIT

-          Medical image mining

-          Electronic health record data warehouses

-          Human-computer interaction and usability in healthcare

-          Health information modeling and sharing

-          Biomedical/Health database integration and management

-          Health Information retrieval and extraction

-          Linguistic and semantic resources including dictionary and ontology

-          Extraction of functional information from biomedical literature

-          Biomedical ontology applications

-          Computer-aided annotation

-          Drug discovery

-          Text mining in biomedicine/healthcare

-          Lessons learned from health information system implementation

-          Nursing Informatics

-          Clinical decision support


Paper Submission Guideline

All papers accepted for workshops will be included in the Workshop Proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press, which are indexed by EI.

In order to solicit high-quality papers and increase the number of submissions to the 2008 Workshop on Biomedical and Health Informatics, the workshop organizers will allow authors to have their best work published in a more extended format in BMC Bioinformatics (Impact factor: 3.62). The workshop organizers will select a small number of manuscripts submitted to the workshop for possible publication in the journal based on the reviews by the workshop program committee.



One registration covers everything so that the workshop attendances can attend any regular sessions of the main conference as well as other workshops.


Workshop Organizers

Illhoi Yoo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Health Informatics

Department of Health Management and Informatics

School of Medicine

University of Missouri-Columbia


Min Song, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Information Systems

College of Computing Sciences

New Jersey Institute of Technology

University Heights


Jack Yang, Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School

Harvard University

P.O.Box 400888

Cambridge, Massachusetts