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Call for paper: Special Issue on the Move Toward Electronic Health Records(rank A:15 May 2012)

Time:2012-04-10 15:15 Author:Quanying Liu Hits:

Submission due: 15 May 2012
Acceptance notification: 21 June 2012
Final papers due: 12 July 2012
Publication date: November 2012

Computer seeks submissions for a November 2012 special issue on the move toward electronic health records.

The US Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 embraces the notion that electronic health information is the bedrock of modern healthcare. To this end, a multitude of projects are under way that support the transition to electronic health records (EHRs), which enable information exchange among various healthcare-related parties while maintaining patient privacy and security protection.

This aggressive endeavor and its timeline of milestones pose new and interesting problems pertaining to the sharing of private information among government agencies, physicians, institutions, and individuals. While supported by incentive programs, the goal of having 80 percent of physicians using EHRs by 2014 seems unattainable given that currently less than 20 percent use this technology. Fine-tuning certification criteria and establishing best practices appear to be keys to this initiative’s overall success.

Appropriate topics of interest for this special issue include but are not limited to

  • Standards for formatting and using EHRs,
  • open source solutions for EHR creation and maintenance,
  • current and future status of certification criteria for EHR systems,
  • maintenance of privacy given health information exchange, and
  • ensuring security of EMRs across multiple sites.

Articles should be original and understandable to a broad audience of computer science and engineering professionals, avoiding a focus on theory, mathematics, jargon, and abstract concepts. All manuscripts are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to Computer’s readership. Accepted papers will be professionally edited for content and style.

Of particular interest are contributions that are accompanied by multimedia artifacts, including video clips, short audio or video interviews, simulations, or presentations that enhance the work described in the paper.

Paper submissions are due by 15 May 2012. For author guidelines and information on how to submit a manuscript electronically, visit www.computer.org/portal/web/peerreviewmagazines/computer.