IEEE VisWeek Workshop on Visual Analytics in Health Care

Call for Participation


Around the world, tremendous sums of money and time are being spent modernizing the health care ecosystem to improve outcomes and reduce cost. One of the critical hypotheses behind many of these efforts is that data, collected as longitudinal electronic health records (EHRs), will enable tools that provide actionable insights about a patientís condition required to make more intelligent medical decisions. This data-driven vision promises to improve care in facilities ranging from emergency rooms to general practitioner offices.

However, these goals are hampered by many fundamental challenges: overwhelming amounts of data, siloed information repositories with non-standard semi-structured and multi-modal data streams, time-limited practitioners with great domain knowledge but often little statistical training, and large semantic gaps between the raw data that is collected and the information needs of people who are delivering care or conducting effectiveness studies. Solutions to these challenges will require multi-disciplinary visual analytics solutions that combine efforts across several intersecting research communities: data mining, visualization and visual analytics, medicine, and medical informatics.

Papers are solicited that present original research results related to visual analytics in health care. In addition, potential authors are invited to submit position papers related to the scope of this workshop. Papers are limited to 8 pages. Accepted papers will be invited to present at the workshop. A subset of accepted papers will be chosen for oral presentation at the workshop. All other accepted papers will be presented as posters during a poster session built into the workshop schedule.

Special Journal Issue

Authors of selected papers that appear in this workshop will be invited to submit extended versions to a special issue of the the journal Information Visualization with an expected publication date in 2011. More details will be posted as they are available.


All submissions should be in the form of a paper and follow the standard IEEE VisWeek format. More information on formatting guidelines can be found here. Submissions are limited to 8 pages and need not be anonymized. Detailed submission instructions will be posted here.

We invite submissions that address any topic related to visual analytics and health care. General topics within the scope of this workshop include (but are not limited to):

  • Comparative effectiveness research (CER) technologies
  • Healthcare administration technologies
  • Medical home technologies
  • Outcome forecasting or prediction
  • Visual data mining of medical records
  • Physiological data analysis and visualization
  • Patient similarity
  • Point-of-care applications
  • Situational awareness for critical care
  • Social network analysis for patients and providers
  • Temporal medical record analysis and presentation
  • Teaming technologies to coordinate nurses, doctors, and other staff
  • Visual drug discovery technologies
  • Pandemic forecasting and tracking

Important Dates

August 27, 2010
Submission deadline.

October 1, 2010
Camera ready deadline for accepted papers.