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First International Workshop on

Managing Interoperability and compleXity in Health Systems


October 28th, 2011, Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.

in conjunction with the

2Oth ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management

CIKM 2011

NEW!! Workshop Programme

Call for paper in PDF

Workshop Theme and Topics

Managing Interoperability and Complexity in Health Systems, MIXHS’11, 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

Workshop Program - (Preliminary)

Keynote Speaker:

 Dr. Paul Woolman,    - C.Eng, CITP, MIPEM, FBCS     Enterprise Architect, Scottish Government e-Health    

"Dr Paul Woolman has worked on interoperability for twenty years. During the 1990's he worked on EU and ISO standards in medical devices interoperability which are now used by the Continua Alliance of suppliers. In 1999 he established the Scottish Health XML Steering Group developing web services standards now widely in use in Scotland and other parts of the UK. He currently chairs the Scottish Interoperability working group and coordinates the NHS Scotland Ensemble User Group. He speaks internationally on eHealth topics most recently leading workshops on eHealth standards in South Africa."

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.


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 (8 pages, ACM)
  • Short Paper Track for Challenges and Visions in Medical Informatics and work in progress (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 10, 2011 (EXTENDED)
  • Notification of Acceptance: July 29, 2011
  • Camera Ready: August 12, 2011 (hard deadline for publication)
  • Submission to Journal Special Issue: 1st October 2011
  • Notification to Journal authors: 15 December 2011

Accepted Papers

Full Research Papers

  • Quality Scores for Electronic Health Records for Clinical Research, by Rosemary Tate ; Natalia Beloff ; Shivani Padmanabhan ; Timothy Williams
  • Generality and Reuse in a Common Type System for Clinical Natural Language Processing, by Stephen T. Wu ; Vinod C. Kaggal ; Guergana K. Savova ; Hongfang Liu ; Dmitriy Dligach ; Jiaping Zheng ; Wendy W. Chapman ; Christopher G. Chute
  • A realism-based analysis of the OpenEHR Entry model, by Andre Andrade ; Mauricio Almeida
  • Managing Complexity in Pre-Operative Information Management Systems, by Matt-Mouley Bouamrane ; Cui Tao ; Frances S. Mair
  • Integrating Volumetric Biomedical Data in the Virtual Physiological Human, by Albert Burger
  • Automatically Estimating the Incidence of Symptoms Recorded in GP Free Text Notes, by Rob Koeling ; Rosemary Tate ; John Carroll
  • Model-Driven Dynamic Integration of Health Data, by Adel Taweel

Short Papers

  • Standardizing radiation oncology data for future modelling of side effects after radiation therapy, by Caroline Olsson ; Graham Kemp
  • A Semantic Web Application Framework for Health Systems Interoperability, by Pedro Lopes ; José Luis Oliveira
  • Toward Semantic Web based Knowledge Representation and Extraction from Electronic Health Records, by Cui Tao ; Jyotishman Pathak ; Susan Welch ; Matt-Mouley Bouamrane ; Stanley Huff ; Christopher Chute
  • An Ontology of Diabetes Self Management, by David Sutton ; Arantza Aldea ; Clare Martin
  • Assessing Schizophrenia With A Highly Interoperable Architecture, by Ando Emerencia ; Lian Van Der Krieke ; Nicolai Petkov ; Marco Aiello
  • "An overview of e-Health Integration in Scotland", by Matt-Mouley Bouamrane ; Frances S. Mair
  • "Telehealth at scale: The need for interoperability and analytics", by Rajib Ghosh ; Juergen Heit ; Soundararajan Srinivasan
  • "Sharing Patient Radiological Imaging Studies and Pathological Samples: Standards, Protocols and Practices", by Bridget Kane ; James Meaney ; Saturnino Luz

Programme Chairs

Matt-Mouley Bouamrane,

College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences,

University of Glasgow,Scotland, U.K.

email: Matt-Mouley.Bouamrane at

Cui Tao,

Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics, College of Medicine,

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

email: Tao.Cui at

International Technical Program Committee (Preliminary...)

  • Samina 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
  • Federica Paganelli, Dept. of Electronics and Telecommunications, Italy
  • Craig Parker, Intermountain Health Care, 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.
  • Syed Sibte Raza-Abidi, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Alan Rector, University of Manchester, U.K.
  • Rafael Richards, John Hopkins, University, U.S.A.
  • 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
  • Jim Zheng, Medical University of South Carolina, U.S.A.
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