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eHealth Workshop - March 2016

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ICT in Healthcare - Legal, Ethical and Social Challenges

Friday 11th March 2016
Middlesex University, London

You are invited to participate in a one-day workshop on "ICT in Healthtcare" jointly organised by Middlesex University(UK), The University of Miami (USA) and The Castlegate Consultancy (UK).

Special guest speakers

Professor Kenneth Goodman
, Professor of  Medicine at The University of Miami and past chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Medical Informatics Association and director of his institution's WHO Collaborating Center in Ethics and Health Policy. He is also the author of the new book "Ethics, Medicine and Information Technology", Cambridge University Press (January 2016).

Dr. Joana Namorado MD, Scientific Officer, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, E1 – Ethics, Belgium. (TBC)

Ms. Diane Whitehouse, The Castlegate Consultancy, European Health Telematics Association – Principal eHealth Policy Analyst, ICT and Society (TC9) – chair – International Federation for Information Processing, Social accountability and ICT – chair – International Federation for Information Processing.

The workshop is free for all attendees, but you are expected to fund your own transportation and accommodation costs. You will need to confim your attendance via the confirmation form.

Middlesex University, Committee Room 3, Town Hall, The Burroughs Hendon, NW4 4BT. See travel information below.

9am - 5pm


Information and communication technologies (ICTs) continue to play an integral role in the provision of healthcare spanning various specific applications such as eHealth, mHealth, Telemedicine, Telecare and Telehealth.  International institutions (e.g., European Commission; WHO) have steadfastly promoted the use of ICTs to positively transform the healthcare sector and to facilitate cross-border services worldwide. ICTs are not only useful in directly providing access to healthcare but also in facilitating and supporting various healthcare related functions such as medical data storage (electronic medical records, cloud computing), data sharing (locally, nationally and across borders) and data analysis (big data analytics).  Policy makers and business continue to seek ways to utilize ICTs in healthcare, to provide benefits to various stakeholders including patients, healthcare professionals, governments and business ventures. These and other developments in ICTs and healthcare, bring challenges and raise concerns that span legal, ethical and social issues.


As with our previous workshops, the format will include invited speakers, working sessions and panels.

Topics covered

In light of the importance of healthcare to society the 2016 workshop aims to explore some of the ethical, legal and social challenges relevant to ICT in Healthcare.  These relate to:

  • Bioinformatics, biorepositories
  • Decision support systems and prognostic scoring systems
  • Disability and health informatics
  • Data security and integrity
  • Electronic health records
  • Electronic prescribing
  • Government regulation of health informatics tools
  • Health data (big data, security, secondary use, integrity)      
  • Health disparities, “digital divides”
  • Informed consent
  • Interoperability (technical, semantic, organizational, legal)
  • International issues, including harmonization and best practices
  • Internet and the World Wide Web
  • Liability
  • Mobile health
  • Patients’ rights
  • Personal health records
  • Public health informatics and policy
  • Privacy, confidentiality, data protection
  • Remote presence healthcare and medical homes
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
  • Robots and digital/virtual companions
  • Social networking
  • Software engineering and writing.

Call for papers

Short 1-2 page position papers (maximum of 1,000 words) on these topics are welcomed. The papers can and should relate particularly to research being undertaken and applications being developed or more specifically deployed in a variety of jurisdictions: e.g., in the United Kingdom, European Member States, Canada or the United States of America. Use The Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics' format for your paper: https://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=CQH.


It is anticipated that the most interesting and striking papers will be selected for development into full papers for The Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics’ new section on bioethics and health information technology https://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=CQH.


Submissions should be sent to:  diane.whitehouse[at]thecastlegateconsultancy.com



Submission of position paper: Thursday 11th February 2016.

Notification of acceptance of position paper: Monday 22nd February 2016.

Confirm attendance: Friday 26th February, 2016 (confirmation form).


A workshop programme will be published by the end of February 2016 (after acceptance of position papers).

Hotels in Hendon
Click here for a list of suitable hotels in Hendon, close to Middlesex University. We suggest staying at Hendon Hall subject to your budget.

Workshop Organisers/Committee
Dr. Carlisle George - Associate Professor Middlesex University, Barrister.
Ms. Diane Whitehouse -
 eHealth Consultant (The Castlegate Consultancy), Chair - IFIP Technical Committee 9 and IFIP WG9.2
Prof  Kenneth Goodman - Professor, University of Miami, USA.
Dr. Penny Duquenoy - Associate Professor, Middlesex University, Chair -  BCS ICT Ethics Specialist Group.



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