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Second International Workshop on

Managing Interoperability and compleXity in Health Systems


Oct 29, 2012, Maui, HI

in conjunction with the

21st ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management

CIKM 2012

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Workshop Programme
NEW!!Workshop Proceedings Online

Workshop Theme and Topics

Managing Interoperability and Complexity in Health Systems, MIXHS’12, aims to be a forum focusing on the latest advances in bio-medical and e-health knowledge and information management research. The workshop will provide an opportunity for sharing practical experiences and best practices in e-health information infrastructure development and management. It will gather experts, researchers, system developers, practitioners and policymakers designing and implementing solutions for managing clinical data and integrating current and future electronic-health systems infrastructures.

Issues of biomedical data-mining in large heterogeneous clinical data-sets, information retrieval and extraction in multiple medical repositories, the management of complexity and the coherent update of knowledge in medicine, clinical standards interoperability in distributed health systems and the patient Electronic Health Record (EHR) are now becoming critical to implementing enterprise and nationwide health systems.

Topics of interest will include knowledge management activities seeking to address these issues by: (i) using clinical data mining, information extraction and retrieval (ii) standardization of clinical classification (i.e. International Classification of Diseases, ICD), large scale biomedical terminologies and ontologies development (Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms, SNOMED CT), (iii) the standardization of clinical information transfer formats (Health Level 7, HL7) and (iv) structuring of clinical documents (Clinical Document Architecture, CDA) and the electronic health records (EHR).

Topic of Interest include but are not limited to:

  • Bio-medical Data-Mining, Information retrieval and extraction and NLP on biomedical text
  • Inference and statistical Models of diseases & Multi-morbidity
  • Clinical Information Retrieval, Management and Normalization
  • Medical Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Expert and Clinical Decision Support Systems
  • Interoperability in Distributed healthcare Systems
  • Clinical Information Standards (e.g. HL7) Clinical Terminologies, Classifications (e.g. ICD 10) and biomedical ontologies (e.g. SNOMED - CT)
  • Hospital Enterprise Information Management Systems, Electronic Health Record, (EHR), Clinical Document Architecture
  • Personalized Medicine via high throughput data integration

Challenges and Visions Track

In cooperation with the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), MIXHS 11 invites submissions to a special "Challenges and Visions" track. The emphasis of this track will be on visionary ideas, long term challenges, and opportunities in research that are outside of the current mainstream topics of the field.

Submissions will be judged on the extent to which they expand the possibilities and horizons of the field or challenge existing assumptions prevalent in the field.

Submissions to this track should follow the same formatting guidelines as submissions to the research track , but are limited to at most FOUR pages in length for both submission and final publication. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

To encourage researchers to present truly visionary concepts, the CCC is offering prizes for up to 3 top papers in this special track: first prize $1000, second prize $750, and third prize $500, to be awarded as travel grants.

Previous Workshop

The MIXHS 11 workshop was held with CIKM 2011 in Glasgow, UK:

Last year’s workshop Electronic Proceedings are available on the ACM digital library:

Accepted Papers

Full Research Papers

  • Quality Assessement of Electronic Health Information Management Systems, by Matt-Mouley Bouamrane, Cui Tao and Frances Mair
  • Clinical Clarity versus Terminological Order – The Readiness of SNOMED CT Concept Descriptors for Primary Care, by S3 Zhe He, Michael Halper, Yehoshua Perl and Gai Elhanan
  • Harmonization of Detailed Clinical Models with Clinical Study Data Standards, by Guoqian Jiang, Julie Evans, Tom Oniki, Joey Coyle, Landen Bain, Stan Huff, Rebecca Kush and Christopher Chute
  • Bridging the Unstructured and Structured Worlds: an Adaptive Self Learning Medical Form Generating System, by Shuai Zheng, Fusheng Wang and James Lu
  • A Hybrid Approach to Finding Negated and Uncertain Expressions in Biomedical Documents, by Kazuki Fujikawa, Kazuhiro Seki and Kuniaki Uehara
  • Extraction and analysis of the structure of labels in biomedical ontologies, by Manuel Quesada-Martínez, Jesualdo Tomás Fernández-Breis and Robert Stevens

Short Papers

  • Optimizing Semantic MEDLINE for Translational Science Studies Using Semantic Web Technologies , by Cui Tao, Yuji Zhang, Guoqian Jiang, Matt Mouley Bouamrane and Christopher Chute
  • Construction and Maintenance of Clinical Pathway using Data Mining Methods, by Shusaku Tsumoto, Haruko Iwata and Shoji Hirano
  • Modeling UIMA Type System Using Web Ontology Language – towards Interoperability among UIMA-based NLP Tools, by Hongfang Liu, Stephen Wu, Cui Tao and Christopher Chute
  • Clinical Data Analysis using Ontology-guided Rule Learning, by Hua Min and Janusz Wojtusiak


All the accepted papers will be included in the workshop proceedings and published at ACM Digital Library:

A selection of high quality submissions will be invited for further refereeing for publication in one of 2 workshop Journal Special Issues:

Submissions to the workshop must be in one of the following 2 formats:

  • Full Research Paper Track (6-10 pages, ACM)
  • Short Paper Track for Challenges and Visions in Medical Informatics and work in progress (up to 4 pages, ACM)

All papers must be submitted ANONYMOUSLY for double-blind review.

Submissions must conform to the ACM proceedings style and submitted as PDF files. Please use the:

ACM templates (the "Option 2" style).

To submit your paper, go to:

At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop. Information about registration is provided at CIKM 2011 Web page:

Workshop Schedule/Important Dates

  • Individual Workshop Papers Due: July 15, 2012 (EXTENDED)
  • Notification of Acceptance: Aug, 14 2012
  • Camera Ready: August 26, 2012 (hard deadline for publication)

Programme Chairs

Cui Tao,

Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics, College of Medicine,

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, U.S.A,

email: Tao.Cui at

Matt-Mouley Bouamrane,

Institute of Health & Well-Being,

College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences,

University of Glasgow,Scotland, U.K.


E-MAIL: "MIXHS'12 enquiry" to:

International Technical Program Committee (Preliminary...)

  • Syed Sibte Raza Abidi Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Alberto Anguita-Sánchez Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM, Spain
  • Erick Antezana Norwegian University of Science and Technology - NTNU, Norway
  • Leif Azzopardi University of Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.
  • Christopher G. Chute Mayo Clinic, U.S.A
  • Hercules Dalianis Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Adam Dunn University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Mikel Egaña-Aranguren Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM, Spain
  • Jesualdo Tomás Fernández-Breis Universidad de Murcia, Spain
  • Robert Freimuth Mayo Clinic, U.S.A
  • Miguel García Remesal Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM, Spain
  • Philip Gooch City University London, U.K.
  • Susan Graham University of California at Berkeley, U.S.A
  • Diana de la Iglesia Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM, Spain
  • Lucy Hederman University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland
  • Guoqian Jiang Mayo Clinic, U.S.A
  • Alistair Lawson Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, U.K.
  • Paea LePendu Stanford University , U.S.A
  • Hongfang Liu Mayo Clinic, U.S.A
  • Saturnino Luz University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland
  • Frances Mair University of Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.
  • Masood Masoodian University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • Tobias Mettler University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Radha Nagarajan University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, U.S.A
  • Jyotishman Pathak Mayo Clinic, U.S.A.
  • David Pérez del Rey Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM, Spain
  • Rafal Rak University of Manchester, U.K.
  • Alan Rector University of Manchester, U.K.
  • Sunghwan Sohn Mayo Clinic, U.S.A
  • A.Rosemary Tate University of Sussex, U.K.
  • Abdel Rahman Tawil University of East London (UEL), U.K.
  • Paul Taylor University College London (UCL), U.K.
  • Annette ten Teije Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Boris Villazón-Terrazas Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM, Spain
  • Fusheng Wang Emory University, U.S.A.
  • Jens Weber University of Victoria, B.C., Canada
  • Yuji Zhang Mayo Clinic, U.S.A
  • Jim Zheng Medical University of South Carolina, U.S.A.
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