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Health Information Technology (HIT) has enormous potential to transform
healthcare delivery by positively impacting quality, efficiency,
cost-effectiveness, and engagement (e.g., through electronic medical
records, decision support systems, and other platforms). Similarly,
advances in the fields of personal and consumer informatics and data
science have opened up unprecedented opportunities to inform the decisions
and choices of individuals who seek to manage their well-being, health, and
chronic diseases in the context of their daily lives (e.g., through
self-monitoring technologies, mobile health apps, online health
communities, and other tools). As the impact of these technologies
continues to increase, HIT researchers and practitioners are increasingly
focusing on the design and development of effective and engaging
interactive systems, and the evaluation of such tools. Many research
communities contribute to the advancement of these technologies, such as
health informatics, human-computer interaction, human factors engineering,
and healthcare domains such as nursing, medicine, and public health.

The Workgroup on Interactive Systems in Health (WISH) brings together
industry and academic researchers in health informatics, human-computer
interaction, mobile health, and other disciplines to foster
cross-disciplinary research that will drive future innovations in health
care and health promotion.

The overarching goal of the WISH Symposium is to establish lasting and
meaningful connections between these communities, and bring together
students and researchers from various disciplines who are working on
creating, implementing, and evaluating innovative health technologies that
are used inside and outside of formal healthcare settings.

This year, the 2020 WISH Symposium’s theme is Digital Health Equity.
Therefore, we invite submissions that examine how technology has been, and
can be, used to promote wellbeing in marginalized and vulnerable
populations, such as those who experience increased barriers to health and
wellness and disproportionate burdens of poor health. We especially
encourage submissions that focus on the following topics:


   Racism as a public health concern, and the role of interactive systems
   in addressing this issue (e.g., using technology to counter racism and
   discrimination in healthcare; interactive systems’ role in addressing the
   impact of racism on mental health; using information and communication
   technologies to document racism in interactions with institutions, etc.)

   Empirical methods & challenges in the use of digital technology to study
   and address health inequities (e.g., engaging marginalized communities
   in research; evaluating equity impacts of technologies; using technology to
   study institutional racism, sexism, ableism, or homophobia/transphobia;
   technology design for health disparity reduction, etc.)

   Using interactive systems to address health and healthcare disparities
   emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., analysis of COVID-19 data to
   expose health disparities, telemedicine use amidst COVID-19 in low-resource
   populations, etc.)

We also welcome submissions that focus on other ways in which interactive
systems can be used to achieve health equity.

The WISH 2020 Symposium will be virtual.


For WISH 2020, we are accepting three types of submissions: (1) Original
Research; (2) Work in Progress & Provocations; and (3) Research Highlights.


   Original Research submissions should discuss previously-unpublished work
   in the space of interactive systems for health care and health promotion.
   These include, but are not limited to, studies of user engagement with a
   variety of HIT, and the design and evaluation of novel HIT systems.
   Submissions in this category must follow the AMIA format (Word
   Latex <>)
   with a page limit of four pages (excluding references). As compared to
   “Work in Progress & Provocations” submissions, Original Research
   submissions should be completed, mature research.

   Work in Progress & Provocations submissions should discuss
   previously-unpublished work in progress or thought pieces, in the space of
   interactive systems for health care and health promotion. Submissions in
   this category should follow the AMIA format (Word
   Latex <>)
   with a page limit of two pages (excluding references). As compared to
   Original Research submissions, Work in Progress & Provocations submissions
   may include discussions of work that is not yet complete, as well as
   speculative position papers that discuss important considerations for
   research on interactive systems for health care and health promotion.

   Research Highlight submissions allow researchers to share work relevant
   to WISH areas of investigation, which was already accepted for publication
   and/or presented at other venues in the period between November 2019 and
   November 2020 (NOT including AMIA 2020). For work that has been presented
   just before AMIA 2019 (i.e. before November 2019), and that the authors
   feel could contribute to WISH 2020, please contact the chairs to discuss
   suitability. These submissions should include ONLY the abstract of the
   original publication, the original publication venue (i.e.,
   journal/conference name and year), and a brief summary explaining this
   work’s significance for WISH. These submissions should also include a
   statement that their submission to WISH does not conflict with the policies
   of the venue where the work was originally published or presented.
   Submissions in this category should follow the AMIA format (Word
   Latex <>)
   with a page limit of one page (excluding references).

We encourage submissions discussing novel design approaches, experimental
results, qualitative studies, policy and theoretical contributions, and any
other health and interactive systems related content that addresses the
theme of Digital Health Equity. The goal of the workshop is to foster
discussion, encourage development of broad ideas, and bring together a wide
interdisciplinary audience.

During the submission process, you will be asked to select the form in
which you would be willing to present your accepted submission – as a
virtual oral presentation and/or as a virtual poster presentation. For
accepted submissions, the program committee will consider and decide upon
one of the presentation formats based on the number of submissions
received, the quality of the work to be presented, and which submissions
contribute to the overall diversity of the technical program.

Accepted submissions will be shared with WISH attendees, and abstracts will
be posted on the WISH 2020 website. Authors and titles will be listed on
the AMIA 2020 website, and in the AMIA 2020 online schedule. Authors retain
all copyright.

All submissions will be regarded as the final version of your submission,
and this version is what will be shared amongst WISH attendees. Therefore,
the abstract and paper submission must be clearly written, carefully
proofread and correctly formatted.

Submissions in all categories will undergo a peer-review process; the
authors of the accepted submissions will be invited to present their work
at the virtual symposium via an oral or poster presentation.

For each accepted submission, at least one author must register for and
attend the symposium.


Submissions Due – Friday, October 2, 2020, 3pm EDT

Submission Notifications – Friday, October 16, 2020

Author Confirmation of Participation in Symposium  – Tuesday, October 20,
2020, 3pm EDT

WISH Symposium – Saturday, November 14, 2020


Please use the following site to submit work to WISH:

You will need to register with ScholarOne, if you have not already done so.

Once you create an account and log in, select the Submission tab, next to
the Welcome tab. Under the Submission tab, you will see “Create New
Submission.” Select WISH 2020 from the list on the right, and then click on
the Continue button.


If you have any questions or a need for further information, please send an
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General Chairs

Andrea G. Parker, PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology

Tiffany Veinot, PhD, University of Michigan

Original Research Submissions Chairs

Jina Huh-Yoo, PhD, Drexel University

Kim Unertl, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Karen Wang, MD, MHS, Yale School of Medicine

Work in Progress & Provocations Chairs

Christina Harrington, PhD, DePaul University

Tiffany Veinot, PhD, University of Michigan

Research Highlights Chair

Andrea G. Parker, PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology

Publicity Chairs

Robin Brewer, PhD, University of Michigan

Byron Lowens, MS, Clemson University

Mentoring Program Chairs

Gabriela Marcu, PhD, University of Michigan

Tammy Toscos, PhD, Parkview Health

Website Chair

Vanessa Oguamanam, MS, Georgia Institute of Technology

Technology & Logistics Chair

Herman Saksono, PhD, Harvard University


*Byron M. Lowens, M.S. | Ph.D. Candidate *

Division of Human-Centered Computing

School of Computing

Clemson University


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