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Mon, 12 Nov 2012 10:45:36 -0800
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Call for Participation: Beyond Formality: Informal Communication in Health Practices
One-day workshop @ CSCW 2013 conference
Feb 24th, 2013 (to be confirmed)

*Key dates*
Deadline for position paper submission: Nov 16, 2012
Notification of acceptance: Dec 11, 2012
Workshop website:

Despite the increasing use of formal healthcare information systems, such as the Electronic Medical Record (EMR), and other communication devices, informal communication continues to play an important role in the highly collaborative, dynamic, and information-rich medical work. Formal systems often fail to support the spontaneous and opportunistic needs of health communication in patient care process. Yet it is not clear what constitutes informal communication, what roles does it play in the patient care process, what types of technologies can be designed to support informal communication, and how to design these technologies. This workshop aims to gather interested researchers and practitioners to better understand informal communication in healthcare, to discuss their implications for CSCW healthcare research, and to brainstorm technological innovations that can support the informal aspects of health communication.

We invite researchers, designers, and healthcare practitioners interested in healthcare practices and HCI to submit a position paper (4-page maximum) in the ACM Extended Abstract format to: [log in to unmask] and [log in to unmask] by November 16, 2012. Your position paper should cover your completed or ongoing work in informal communication in healthcare. We also encourage you to present and discuss informal communication beyond the issues highlighted in this CFP. 

Submissions will be peer-reviewed and selected for relevance and likelihood of stimulating the workshop discussion. Results of submission will be notified by December 11, 2012. At least one author of each accepted position paper must register for the workshop and for at least one day of the conference.

Please feel free to email us if you have any questions about the workshop. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Workshop organizers:
	Yunan Chen, University of California, Irvine, USA
	Charlotte Tang, University of Michigan-Flint, USA
	Xiaomu Zhou, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA
	Aleksandra Sarcevic, Drexel University, USA
	Soyoung Lee, University of California, Irvine, USA

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