Hotel Panoramique Bujumbzra Burundi

Integrated Health Information Management Resources for Global Health Care Strategies

23-26 April 2017, Hotel Panoramique, Bujumbura, Burundi

Call for papers

The 2017 edition of the pan-African health informatics conference HELINA is scheduled from 23 to 26 April 2017 in Bujumbura, Burundi. The conference will be hosted by the Burundi Health Informatics Association and will focus on the development and implementation of integrated e-Health plans and policies that build bridges between existing information management silos and propose pathways to close the gaps in African e-Health development related to infrastructure, e-health enabled human resources, international standards application, legal and ethical frameworks, sustainable funding mechanisms and the use of robust and down-to-earth ICT solutions. Special attention will be paid to the role of e-Health in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) voted by the UN in September 2015 and more specifically to goal 9, target 9c which aims to « Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in the least developed countries by 2020 ».

The following topics have therefore been chosen as the main themes for the conference:

  • National and Regional e-Health Strategies and Policies
  • Health Information Systems Interoperability
  • Human capacity building for e-Health
  • Sustainable systems implementations
  • ICT-solutions for Universal Health Coverage

But many other subjects can also be addressed in this conference:

  • Health facility management information systems
  • Point of care information management solutions
  • Health informatics standards
  • Mobile health
  • Health financing information management
  • Health care research informatics
  • Health systems monitoring and evaluation
  • Decision support systems (for low resource settings)
  • Biomedical devices integration
  • Medical imaging and radiology information systems
  • Laboratory information systems
  • Pharmacy management information systems
  • Data mining and Big Data Analytics

The organizers of HELINA 2017 welcome original presentations in the following categories:

  1. Full research papers (presentation of mature research results, between 5 and 8 pages)
  2. Work in progress papers (articles between 5 and 8 pages)
  3. Case studies and experience papers (reports on e-Health interventions and implementations or lessons learned, 1 page abstract)

Papers may be submitted in English or French and must not yet have been submitted to other conferences or journals. All papers will be subject to a double blind peer-reviewed evaluation and accepted full research papers will be published in a special edition of the Journal of Health Informatics in Africa (http://www.jhia-online.org). Accepted work in progress papers and case studies/experience papers will be electronically published in the conference proceedings with ISBN number on the HELINA website. For a paper to be published, at least one of the authors must register for the conference and present the accepted paper.

The HELINA online paper submission system on http://conf.helina-online.org/index.php/2017/index/ must be used. The paper submission template found on the website, provides detailed instructions for authors aligned with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts to Biomedical Journals (http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/manuscript-preparation/). In case you encounter any difficulties in using the electronic submission system, please contact the HELINA 2017 technical team at technical@jhia-online.org.

Important dates:

  • Paper submission deadline: 31 January 2017
  • Paper acceptance notification: 1 March 2017
  • Papers ready for publication deadline: 1 April 2017
  • Conference dates: 23 to 26 April 2017

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