5th International Workshop on Process-oriented Information Systems in Healthcare/

4th International Workshop on Knowledge Representation for Health Care  - Full Day Workshop

ProHealth’12 / KR4HC’12

Tallinn, Estonia –  September 3rd, 2012

In conjunction with the 10th International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM12)

Web site: http://mis.hevra.haifa.ac.il/~morpeleg/events/prohealth_KR4HC_2012

Workshop Goals

Healthcare organizations are facing the challenge of delivering high quality services to their patients at affordable costs. These challenges become more prominent with the growth in the aging population with chronic diseases and the rise of healthcare costs. High degree of specialization of medical disciplines, huge amounts of medical knowledge and patient data to be consulted in order to provide evidence-based re­com­mendations, and the need for personalized healthcare are prevalent trends in this information-intensive domain. The emerging situation necessitates computer-based support of healthcare process & knowledge management as well as clinical decision-making.

This workshop brings together researchers from two communities who have been addressing these challenges from two different perspectives. The knowledge-representation for healthcare community, which is part of the larger medical informatics community, has been focusing on knowledge representation and reasoning to support knowledge management and clinical decision-making. This community has been developing efficient representations, technologies, and tools for integrating all the important elements that health care providers work with: Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and healthcare information systems, clinical practice guidelines, and standardized medical vocabularies. The process-oriented information systems in healthcare community, which is part of the larger business process management (BPM) community, has been studying ways to adopt BPM technology in order to provide effective solutions for healthcare process management. BPM technology has been successfully used in other sectors for establishing process-aware enterprise information systems (vs. collections of stand-alone systems for different departments in the organization). Adopting BPM technology in the healthcare sector is starting to address some of the unique characteristics of healthcare processes, including their high degree of flexibility, the integration with EMRs and shared semantics of healthcare domain concepts, and the need for tight cooperation and communication among medical care teams.

This joint workshop brings together two approaches: healthcare process support, as addressed in previous ProHealth workshops, and healthcare knowledge representation as dealt with in previous KR4HC workshops. The workshop shall elaborate both the potential and the limitations of the two approaches for supporting healthcare process & healthcare knowledge management as well as clinical decision-making. It shall further provide a forum wherein challenges, paradigms, and tools for optimized knowledge-based clinical process support can be debated. We want to bring together researchers and practitioners from these different, yet similar fields to improve the understanding of domain specific requirements, methods and theories, tools and techniques, and the gaps between IT support and healthcare processes yet to be closed. This forum also provides an opportunity to  explore how the approaches from the two communities could be better integrated.

History of the Two Workshops

Providing computer-based support in healthcare is a topic that has been picking up speed for more than two decades. We are witnessing a plethora of different workshops devoted to various topics involving computer applications for healthcare. Our goal has been to try to join forces with other communities in order to learn from each other, advance science, and create a stronger and larger community. The history of the two workshops, KR4HC and ProHealth demonstrates the efforts we have done in that direction so far, reaching this year, a joint workshop between communities who have been actively holding such workshops since the year 2000.

The first KR4HC workshop, held in conjunction with the 12th Artificial Intelligence in Medicine conference (AIME'09), brought together members of two existing communities: the clinical guidelines and protocols community, who held a line of four workshops (European Workshop on Computerized Guidelines and Protocols (CPG'2000, CPG'2004); AI Techniques in Health Care: Evidence-based Guidelines and Protocols 2006; Computer-based Clinical Guidelines and Protocols 2008) and a related community who held a series of three workshops / special tracks devoted to the formalization, organization, and deployment of procedural knowledge in healthcare (CBMS’07 Special Track on Machine Learning and Management of Health Care Procedural Knowledge 2007; From Medical Knowledge to Global Health Care 2007; Knowledge Management for Health Care Procedures 2008). Since then, two more KR4HC workshops have been held, in conjunction with the ECAI’10 and the AIME’11 conferences.

The first ProHealth workshop took place in the context of the 5th Int’l Conference on Business Process Management (BPM) in 2007. The next three ProHealth Workshops were also held in conjunction with BPM conferences (BPM'08, BPM’09, and BPM’11). The aim of ProHealth has been to bring together researchers from the BPM and the Medical Informatics communities. As the workshop was associated with the BPM conference that had never been attended by researchers from the Medical Informatics community, we had included Medical Informatics researchers as keynote speakers of the workshop, members of the program committee, and to our delight, saw a number of researchers from the Medical Informatics community actively participating in ProHealth workshops. Following the keynote talk given by Manfred Reichert from the BPM community at the Artificial Intelligence in Medicine 2011 (AIME’11) conference, where KR4HC was held, the organizers of ProHealth and KR4HC workshops have shown their interest to hold their workshops in conjunction as part of the BPM'12 conference, which marks a landmark in the collaboration between the two communities. We are continuing the efforts that started three years ago by members of the Software Engineering in Health Care (SEHC) community to strengthen the collaboration between the ProHealth and SEHC communities.

Past ProHealth Workshops

Past KR4HC Workshops


Workshop Theme


Original contributions are sought, regarding the development of theory, techniques, and use cases of Artificial Intelligence and / or process management in the area of healthcare, particularly connected to patient data, clinical guidelines and healthcare processes.

Submitted papers will be evaluated on the basis of significance, originality, technical quality, and exposition. Papers should clearly establish their research contribution and the relation to the goals of the workshop. The scope of the workshop includes, but is not limited to the following areas:

·       Process modeling in healthcare

·       Computer-interpretable clinical guidelines / protocols and decision support

·       Workflow management in healthcare

·       Semantic integration of healthcare processes with electronic medical records

·       Knowledge representation and ontologies for healthcare processes

·       Temporal knowledge representations and exploitation

·       Facilitating knowledge-acquisition of healthcare processes

·       Visualization, monitoring and mining healthcare processes

·       Knowledge extraction from healthcare databases and EPRs

·       Knowledge combination, personalization and adaptation of healthcare processes

·       Compliance of healthcare processes

·       Evaluation of quality and safety of careflow systems

·       Managing flexibility and exceptions in healthcare processes

·       Process optimization and simulation in healthcare organizations
and healthcare networks

·       Experiences in deploying knowledge-based tools in healthcare

·       Patient empowerment in healthcare

·       Linking clinical care and clinical research

·       Lifecycle management for healthcare processes

·       Context-aware healthcare processes

·       Ambient intelligence & smart processes in healthcare

·       Mobile process support in healthcare

·       Process interoperability & standards in healthcare

·       Process-oriented system architectures in healthcare


Format of the Workshop

The 1-day workshop will comprise accepted long and short papers, tool presenta­tions, and 1-2 keynotes. Papers should be submitted in advance and will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. An informal proceedings will be available during the workshop. At least one author for each accepted paper should register for the workshop and present the paper. The selected best long (full) papers will be included in the formal post-proceedings, which will be published as part of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence  (LNAI) Springer series.



Participants can register to the workflow only or to the workshop in combination with the BPM conference at a reduced price. Registration information can be found at http://bpm2012.ut.ee/registration/   


Paper Submission

Prospective authors are invited to submit papers for presentation in any of the areas listed above. Only papers in English will be accepted. Three types of submissions are possible: (1) full papers (12 pages long) reporting mature research results, (2) position papers reporting research that may be in preliminary stage not yet been evaluated, and (3) tool reports. Position papers and tool reports should be no longer than 6 pages. Papers must present original research contributions not concurrently submitted elsewhere.

Papers should be submitted in the LNCS  format. The title page must contain a short abstract, a classification of the topics covered, preferably using the list of topics above, and an indication of the submission category (regular paper, position paper, or tool report).


Papers (in PDF format) should be submitted electronically via the Easychair system

Important Dates

Deadline for workshop paper submissions: 4 June 2012

Notification of Acceptance: 2 July 2012

Camera-ready version: 30 July 2012

ProHealth/KR4HC Workshop: 3 September 2012


Keynote Talk

A Keynote talk will be given by Prof. Yuval Shahar form Ben-Gurion University, Israel.


Workshop Co-Chairs

Richard Lenz, University of Erlangen and Nuremberg, Germany

Silvia Miksch, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Mor Peleg, University of Haifa, Israel

Manfred Reichert, University of Ulm, Germany

David Riaño, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain

Annette ten Teije, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Contact person:  Mor Peleg

Program Committee

Syed Sibte Raza Abidi, Dalhousie University, Canada

Roberta Annicchiarico, Santa Lucia Hospital, Italy

Luca Anselma, Università di Torino, Italy

 Joseph Barjis, TU Delft, The Netherlands

Oliver Bott, University of Applied Sciences and Art, Hanover, Germany

Fabio Campana, CAD RMB, Italy

Adela Grando, UCSD, USA

Robert Greenes, Harvard University, USA

Femida Gwadry-Sridhar, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Frank van Harmelen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

David Isern, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain

Stefan Jablonski, Universität Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany

Katharina Kaiser, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Patty Kostkova, City University London, UK

Vassilis Koutkias, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece 

Peter Lucas, University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Wendy MacCaull, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada

Ronny Mans, Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Mar Marcos, Universitat Jaume I, Spain

Stefani Montani, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Alessandria, Italy

Bela Mutschler, University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten, Germany

Øystein Nytrø, Norwegian University of Science and Tehcnology,Norway

Leon Osterweil, University. of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Silvana Quaglini, University of Pavia, Italy

Hajo Reijers, Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Kitty Rosenbrand, Dutch Institute for Healthcare Improvement (CBO), The Netherlands

Shazia Sadiq, The University of Queensland, Australia

Danielle Sent, Dutch Institute for Healthcare Improvement (CBO) and University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Brigitte Seroussi, STIM, DPA/DSI/AP-HP, France

Andreas Seyfang, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Yuval Shahar, Ben-Gurion University, Israel

Ton Spil, University of Twente,The Netherlands

Maria Taboada, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Paolo Terenziani, Univ. del Piemonte Orientale Amedeo Avogadro, Italy

Lucineia Thom, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Samson Tu, Stanford University, USA

Dongwen Wang, University of Rochester, USA

Barbara Weber, University of Innsbruck, Austria

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