MS 2015 Special Track - Mobile Services in Healthcare


Mobiles devices, in particular smart phones, are carried and used frequently by millions of users daily. As such, they have been used in healthcare as a new form of communication medium to facilitate patients as well as healthcare givers to access valuable medical and health-related information in real-time (often referred to as mobile health). For example, short messages could be sent to patients to remind them to take medicines at designated times. With the introduction of fitness trackers and smart watches, mobile devices could play a much larger role in healthcare – services running locally on mobile devices could collect and analyze important vital signs captured by these wearable devices, such as the amount of movements, sleep patterns, heart rates, blood pressure, as well as oxygen levels. We envisage that such mobile services could bring the much needed intelligence to self-tracking, which not only would promote health to individuals, but could help detect early signs of potential fatal health issues such as strokes and cardiac arrests. A particular challenge for developing such mobile services is how to produce clinical important outputs to users as well as to healthcare givers. The industry has already recognized this need and we have seen new development tools being introduced. For example, Apple recently introduced the HealthKit tool, which enables health and fitness apps to share data and to work together for more accurate and comprehensive self-tracking. Besides traditional mobile health and self-tracking, mobile and wearable devices could work together for other unforeseen areas such as safe patient handling and fall detection.

MS-MSH Special Track Chair
Wenbing Zhao, Cleveland State University, USA
Louise Moser, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Michael Melliar-Smith, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Yonghong Peng, University of Bradford, UK
Chaomin Luo, University of Detroit Mercy, USA
Yong-Qiang Cheng, University of Hull, UK
Hongwei Mo, Harbin Engineering University, China
Kun Hua, Lawrence Technological University, USA
Marina L. Gavrilova, University of Calgary

This track invites investigators to contribute original research, case studies, as well as position papers, in this timely area of special interests. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Mobile telemedicine
- Remote patient monitoring
- Mobile decision support for healthcare
- Mobile services for health tracking
- Mobile services for integrated clinical environments
- Integration of mobile and cloud-based healthcare services
- Big data in mobile and wearable health
- Social networking and mobile health
- Clinical importance of data collected by wearable devices
- Computation intelligence on mobile and wearable health data analysis
- Security and privacy issues related to mobile and wearable health services
- Personalized prescription drug management and patient reminder services
- Chronical disease management
- Emerging applications for mobile and wearable devices

This Mobile Services in Healthcare (MSH) track is a special track with a separate paper submission and review dates. However, the MSH papers will become part of the main track, thus the format and quality of MSH papers are expected to be consistent with that of main track papers.

Submitted MSH track manuscripts will be limited to 8 (IEEE Proceedings style) pages and REQUIRED to be formatted using the IEEE Proceedings template in WORD or Latex Package. Unformatted papers and papers beyond the page limit will not be reviewed. Electronic submission of manuscripts (in PDF or Word format) is required. Detailed instructions for electronic paper preparation and submission, panel proposals, tutorial proposals, workshop proposals, and review process can be found at conference website.

At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register to the conference and present the paper.

MSH Special Track Important Dates:
Full Paper Submission Due Date: April 5, 2015
Decision Notification (Electronic): April 25, 2015
Accepted Paper Camera-Ready Copy to the IEEE FTP Site Due Date: April 30, 2015

Research papers MUST properly cite related work (see Literature Recommendations section) and clearly indicate their contributions to the field. All topics relevant to mobile services are of interest. Please use the MS 2015 Conference Management System for MS-MSH Track to submit your papers to MS 2015 EMCC Special Track. 


Submitted manuscripts will be limited to 8 (IEEE Proceedings style) pages and REQUIRED to be formatted using the IEEE Proceedings template. Unformatted papers and papers beyond 8 pages will not be reviewed. Electronic submission of manuscripts (in PDF or Word format) is required. Detailed instructions for electronic paper preparation and submission can be found at Submission Section.


At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register to the conference and present the paper. 

Contact Information
If you have any questions or queries on MS 2015, please send email to ms AT ServicesSociety.org.

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