Motives for the organization of HSST 2017
Health Sciences mostly require inter-disciplinary communications, health systems are designed, implemented and maintained by multi-disciplinary teams, health technologies are increasingly being supported by Informatics and Cybernetics (communication and Control), and health sciences, systems and technologies (HSST) are certainly integrating academy with Society and research with practice. This reality is what motivated the Organizing Committee of IMCIC 2017 to organize HSST 2017 in the context of IMCIC 2017.
The organizational objectives of HSST 2017 are completely related to the main purpose that motivated the foundation of the International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS), and the organization of the yearly WMSCI 2017 conferences in the last 20 years. This purpose is to provide multi-disciplinary forums and platforms to foster integrative processes between academy and Society and to provide support for interdisciplinary communication.
Consequently, and similarly, the main purpose of the Organizing Committee is to organize HSST in the context of the conferences organized by the International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS, www.iiis.org) in order to provide a multidisciplinary forum in this area for 1) disciplinary and inter-disciplinary presentations, 2) fostering inter-disciplinary communication with other participants of jointly held events, and 3) to hold a meeting oriented to the organization of future HSST events generating ideas related to the improvement of these future events in both the quality and the quantity of their respective participants.
A main purpose for organizing HSST 2017 is to foster inter-disciplinary communication and potential integrative processes in the increasingly related areas of 1) health sciences, systems and technologies (HSST) and 2) Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics (SCI).
On the other hand, SCI areas are increasingly being applied in Bio-Medicine as well as in Health Sciences, Systems, and Technologies, especially in the areas of systems design, info-cybernetics, artificial intelligence, smart tools, devices and instrumentation, e-health, cybernetic concepts and theories, the system approach in holistic medicine and health care, systemic-cybernetic concepts in biology; and vice versa, genetic algorithms, evolutionary algorithms, natural intelligence, human cognition, cognitive processes, information processing, etc.
General Areas and Suggested (non-exclusive) Topics
- Bio-Medical Informatics and Cybernetics (BMIC, which has been organized in the context of WMSCI in the last 10 years)
- Healthcare informatics. Health information technology (HIT)
- Health information management
- System and complexity sciences in healthcare
- Healthcare support systems. Better healthcare through technology.
- Healthcare ethics
- Healthcare research, education and/or practice
- E-health (this area is among the topics of several conferences organized in past and present conferences). Digital health
- Big Data Analytics. Smart data.
- Public and private innovation and entrepreneurship in healthcare (innovation and entrepreneurship is a symposium being held jointly with HSST 2017)
- Public and private healthcare and insurance
- Medical and health care management
- Cognition and health
- Quality improvement in health care
- Quality and safety in health care
- Participatory medicine. Self-compassion and self-care in health care
- Health promotion
- Patient centered technologies and methodologies
- Quality and safety in healthcare
- Creativity and innovation in public health science
- Public health science in policy and practice
- Spirituality and Healthcare. Therapeutic effect of music.
- Continuing education in health care professionals
- Nursing education, practice, and management
- Rural healthcare support systems. Cyber-Informatics applications.
Important Information for your Submissions to HSST 2017
Submissions for Face-to-Face or for Virtual Participation are both accepted for the conference. Both kinds of submissions will have the same reviewing process and the accepted papers will be included in the same proceedings, and will have the same selection process for the best papers to be published in the Journal with no additional charge.
Face-to-face sessions of all jointly organized events will have associated virtual pre- and post-conference sessions where registered participants can comment each paper in a forum associated to it. Registered participant at any event will have a password to access any virtual session of any collocated event. Consequently, sessions papers can be read before the conference, and authors presenting at the same session can interact during one week before and after the conference. Authors can also participate in peer-to-peer reviewing in virtual sessions.
All Submitted papers/abstracts will go through three reviewing processes: (1) double-blind (at least three reviewers), (2) non-blind, and (3) participative peer reviews. Final acceptance depends of the three kinds of reviews but a paper should be recommended by non-blind reviewers AND blind reviewers in order to be accepted for presentation at the conference and to be included in the respective conference proceedings. A recommendation to accept made by non-blind reviewers is a necessary condition, but it is not a sufficient one. A submission, to be accepted, should also have a majority of its double-blind reviewers recommending its acceptance. This double necessary conditions generate a more reliable and rigorous reviewing than a those reviewing methods based on just one of the indicated methods, or just on the traditional double-blind reviewing. More details regarding this issue can be found at www.iiis.org/peer-reviewing.asp.
The three kinds of reviews mentioned above will support the selection process of those papers/abstracts that will be accepted for their presentation at the conference, as well as those to be selected for their publication in JSCI Journal. Details regarding the Acceptance Policy can be found at www.iiis.org/acceptance-policy.asp.
Comments and evaluations of the reviewers
Authors of accepted papers who registered in the conference can have access to the evaluations and possible feedback provided by the reviewers who recommended the acceptance of their papers/abstracts, so they can accordingly improve the final version of their papers. Non-registered authors will not have access to the reviews of their respective submissions.
Invited Sessions Organizers
Registration fees of an effective invited session organizers will be waived according to the policy described in the web page (click on 'Invited Session', then on 'Benefits for the Organizers of Invited Sessions'), where you can get information about the ten benefits for an invited session organizer. To propose the organization of an Invited Session, please visit the conference web site, and go to the menu option "Invited Sessions" and then to the menu sub-option "Invited Sessions Organizers."
Authors of the best 25%-30% of the papers presented at the conference (included those virtually presented) will be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (JSCI).
One best paper of each session included in the program will be selected by the respective session's co-chairs after consulting with the session's audience. Invited Sessions organizers will select the best paper of the session they organized. If there is a tie in a given session, the paper that will be selected as the best session's paper will be the one which have had the highest quantitative evaluations average according to its double-blind and non-blind reviews.
The selection process of the best 25%-30% to be also published in the Journal, will be based on the sessions' best papers and the quantitative evaluation average made by its anonymous and non-anonymous reviewers.