CFP: Theory-driven Interventions in Health care using Health Information Systems (IJUDH)

Calls for Papers (special): International Journal of User-Driven Healthcare (IJUDH) | Special Issue On: Theory-driven Interventions in Health Care Using Health Information Systems

Submission Due Date: 2/1/2013

Guest Editors: Saptarshi Purkayastha, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway; Knut Staring, University of Oslo, Norway

Introduction: Theory-driven evaluation came to prominence only a few decades ago with the appearance of Chen’s 1990 book Theory-Driven Evaluations. Since that time, the approach has attracted many supporters as well as detractors. At its core, theory-driven evaluation has two vital components, one conceptual, one empirical. Conceptually, theory-driven evaluations should explicate a program theory or model. Empirically, theory-driven evaluations seek to investigate how programs cause intended or observed outcomes. Yet, limiting theory to evaluations is somewhat futile, because usually some theory as basis for a “hypothesis” (unless the research is using a grounded approach) is what drives interventions in the first place. For instance, some health information system (HIS) interventions aim to provide information about health system practices towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A great number of theoretical lenses drive Information Systems (IS) interventions, and there have been attempts at collecting overviews of such theories, e.g., . However, even though that list is quite comprehensive, it is not exhaustive – for example, it leaves out important perspectives from design science and information infrastructure theory.

In this special issue we seek to showcase papers that are driven by theory – in planning, in action, in diagnosis and in evaluations. Theory-driven interventions is used here to distinguish from report-style papers, position papers or papers that draw concepts purely from observations without theoretical basis prior to intervention.

Objective: The special issue would like to highlight studies in HIS that focus on doing IS interventions with a theory in mind or with knowledge building/testing in mind. The studies in the special issue would like to explain the phenomenon of IS intervention through IS theory, yet allow medical researchers/practitioners to connect with them. These studies will help medical informaticians or public health practitioners to realize the importance of existing abstracted knowledge (theory) and consider appropriate theoretical lenses for HIS interventions.

Suggested topics for discussion include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • •Participatory action-research as a bottom up strategy to problem solving and achieving change in healthcare
  • •Distinguishing end-users from super-users and theorizing their views in HIS
  • •Institutionalization of IS within healthcare practices
  • •Design science perspectives on HIS
  • •Interventions that deal with structures in health systems and their evolution
  • •Efforts at scaling interventions and information infrastructure
  • •Quantity of knowledge absorption, quantity of knowledge transfer, innovation in HIS
  • •User satisfaction, performance, perception, behavior, usage as in Cognitive dissonance theory
  • •Dynamics of social construction and performance of illness through user-driven healthcare practices
  • •Capabilities, absorptive capacity, environmental turbulence, agility as in Dynamic Capabilities Theory
  • •Resource Importance, Alternatives, Discretion as in Resource Dependency Theory
  • •Speech acts, Communicative action as in Language Action Perspectives when HIS systems capture patient narratives or clinician notes or communication in health systems
  • •Fit-Viability Model of IS interventions on Health systems
  • •Bridging the gap between what we know and what is knowable in clinical practice

Submission Procedure: Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers (over email to the guest editors) for this special theme issue on or before February 1, 2013. All submissions must be original and should not be under review by another publication. Interested authors should consult the journal’s guidelines for the manuscript submissions at:  

Submitted papers should not be more than 8000 words inclusive of abstract, tables and references. All submitted papers will be reviewed by 2 reviewers on a double-blind basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations. All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of: Saptarshi Purkayastha, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Guest Editor, E-mail:  | Knut Staring, University of Oslo, Norway, E-mail:

CFS: Nursing Research and Practice

Call for submissions for a special issue of the open-access journal Nursing Research and Practice – the theme will be “The Electronic Health Record and Nursing: Trends, Issues and Challenges.”

See  for full information; and IMIA News item at .

The closing date for submission of manuscripts is Friday, 14 September, 2012.

CFP: Interactive Systems, Health Care


Co-located with the American Medical Informatics Association’s Fall Symposium

November 3-4, 2012 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Workshop website:

Health Information Technology (HIT) researchers and practitioners are increasingly focusing on the design of interactive systems, human factors, and human-computer interaction in response to the growing emphasis on the adoption and impact HIT. Despite this progress, there exists a largely untapped potential to create deeper and more profound connections among the biomedical, informatics, human-computer interaction, human factors, medical sociology and anthropology communities that would lead to the development of new methods, approaches, and techniques for removing the barriers to HIT adoption.

To address this limitation, the Association of Computing and Machinery (ACM) conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’2010) hosted a Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare 2010 (WISH 2010, ). In 2011, the American Medical Informatics Association hosted the second WISH at their Annual Fall Symposium. The workshops attracted over 100 participants from a variety of disciplines, institutions, and experience levels (from undergraduate researchers to world-renowned experts). The workshops included a combination of invited panels, keynote presentations and research presentations, discussing the most pressing issues in the design, development, and evaluation of HIT and the impact of the new research on commercial HIT systems.

Building on the success of the last two workshops and to continue to build bridges between the ACM SIGCHI and Medical Informatics communities, WISH 2012 will be co-located with the American Medical Informatics’ (AMIA) annual Fall Symposium in Chicago, Illinois, on November 3-4, 2012. The workshop will be a part of the pre-AMIA program. For WISH 2012, we aim to work towards a joint deliverable that can inform the course of future research endeavors between ACM SIGCHI and AMIA, thus we will have a 1.5 day workshop that will include invited talks and panels, breakout sessions, and peer-reviewed poster sessions. This format will provide participants ample time to network, discuss ideas, and work together to define a WISH-oriented research agenda.

SUBMISSIONS: For WISH 2012, we are accepting two types of submissions: interactive posters and panels. Interactive posters provide researchers with the opportunity to briefly present their work during a minute madness session and then spend time discussing their work with attendees during a poster session. Panels can be proposed for any topic related to the design, development, deployment, and analysis of any interactive system in healthcare in academia, industry, or public policy. Both interactive posters and panels should be submitted as two-page (maximum length) papers in the AMIA submission format:

Interactive poster submission should include:

  • A concise description of the idea(s)
  • Results, findings or theoretical discussion
  • The implications of the work to the interdisciplinary community who may be present
  • Recommendations for further investigation

Panels should be limited to four panelists and a moderator. Panels will have 1 hour including time for audience questions. Submissions should include:

  • A summary about the panel and the panel aims.
  • A discussion of what issues will be discussed during the panel and information about what each panelists will be presenting (if applicable)
  • A brief overview of how the panel will work to provide an idea about how panelist presentations will be mixed with interactivity
  • A statement about the relevance of the panel to the WISH community
  • A bio for the moderator and each panelist

Accepted submissions will be published in the WISH 2012 proceedings. Authors retain all copyright. We encourage preliminary ideas, design sketches, experimental results, policy and theoretical contributions, works in progress, and any other health and interactive systems related content. The goal of the workshop is to foster discussion, encourage broad ideas, and bring together a wide interdisciplinary audience. Full literature reviews are not expected, although relevant citations should be included. The paper and abstract, as submitted for review, will be regarded as the final publication-ready version of your submission. Therefore, the abstract and paper submission must be clearly written, carefully proofread and correctly formatted.


  • August 10: Poster and panels submissions due
  • Early September: Notification

HOW TO SUBMIT: Please submit your poster, panel, or mentoring program submission via the WISH 2012 EasyChair submission site:

Once an author has created an account and logged into EasyChair,click the “Submissions” tab, click the “Add a submission” link on the upper right. Complete the submission instructions and then click the “submit” button at the end of the form. If you have questions or need further information, please email us:

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago at WISH.

Wanda Pratt, Ph.D. University of Washington, Co-Chair

Katie Siek, Ph.D. University of Colorado Boulder, Co-Chair

Andrea Hartzler, Ph.D. University of Washington, Workshop Organizer

CFP: Western Schools Publishing

Western Schools is a publisher and nationally recognized accredited provider of peer-reviewed continuing nursing education home study courses. We are presently seeking authors and content editors to write articles and books for publication. Those contracted will receive financial compensation.

We have writing opportunities in the following nursing topics. Additional topics not listed may also be considered.

Topics: ADHD, Alzheimer’s Disease, ambulatory care, assessment, asthma, assessment, bioterrorism, cardiac, case management, chest tubes, CHF, competencies, critical care, death, depression, dialysis, diabetes, documentation and electronic health records, domestic violence, ECG monitoring, end of life, ethics, fall prevention, geriatrics, healing nutrition, hemodynamic monitoring, hepatitis, HIV, holistic health, infections, immunizations, informatics, leadership, legal issues, maternal-newborn, medical errors, medical-surgical topics, mentoring, MRSA, neonatal, neuro, nursing management, nursing practice, OB/GYN, oncology, orthopedics, pain management, palliative care, pediatrics, pediatric pharmacology, pharmacology, preceptorship, professional nursing topics, psychopharmacology, rehab, renal, respiratory topics, safety, school nursing, sedation/analgesia, seizures, sleep apnea, social media, stroke, TB, trauma, weight loss surgery, and women’s health.

Requirements: Authors should have a valid nursing license and prior publishing experience. An advanced degree in nursing and five years of clinical and/or academic experience in the content area being developed is preferred. Experienced authors with degrees in fields other than nursing will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Interested candidates should e-mail their CV and a writing sample, along with their contact information to:  Please specify topic(s) of interest. Additionally, if you know of someone else who may be interested, please feel free to forward this e-mail to them.

Amy Bernard, MS, BSN, RN-BC, Director, Continuing Education, Western Schools, 400 Manley Street, PO Box 65, West Bridgewater, MA 02379, Phone (508) 638-7060, Fax: 508-894-0179, Website:

CFP: NLN 5th Annual Tech Conference

The National League for Nursing Fifth Annual Technology Conference: “Health Information Technology; Meaningful Uses in Nursing Education” October 29-31, 2010, Fairbanks Hall on the Indiana University Campus, Indianapolis, IN

The NLN Technology Conference showcases state-of-the-art applications of simulation, e-learning, informatics, and telehealth. Learn about the federally funded HRSA HITS Scholar Program, Second Life, and more. When you are current on developments in technology and informatics, you will be able to prepare students to function in today’s technology-rich health care environment.


Abstract submissions are invited for research projects and innovative teaching strategies using technology. Topics include, but are not limited to, e-learning, simulation, telehealth, and integration of informatics into the curriculum.

Review and Selection Process for the 2010 Technology Conference. All abstracts will be peer reviewed through a competitive selection process. Submissions must identify contact information – email, affiliation, and phone number – for the primary presenter, and the name and credentials of any co-presenters. Please be advised that communications from the NLN will be only with the primary presenter, and this person will be expected to communicate with co-presenters, if applicable.

Abstracts must be submitted to the NLN via the online process no later than 4:00 pm (EST) on August 20, 2010. Please note that a confirmation of successful receipt by the NLN will pop-up immediately after you click the Submit button. Please print that pop-up message for your records. If you do not receive the pop up message that your abstract submission was received, please email Caren Goodwin at  to receive assistance with your submission. The NLN strongly recommends early submission of abstracts for the Technology Conference as the submission deadline is strictly enforced. Abstracts received by the stated deadline will be circulated to a team of reviewers for blind review, and decisions about selection will be made by September 15, 2010. If the primary presenter does not receive notification of a decision by September 15, 2010, please contact Caren Goodwin.

Abstract submission:

Chronicle: Emerging Undergrad Disciplines

According to an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education (“5 College Majors on the Rise” by Karin Fischer and David Glenn), among five emerging undergrad majors are two health-related disciplines: Health Informatics and Public Health.

Health Informatics:

David D. Potenziani, senior associate dean for planning, coordination, and administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health, says he hears regularly from physicians and hospital directors who want to hire information-technology workers with a strong understanding of health-care delivery systems, and from public-health agencies who need specialists who can make sense of data, such as medical-reimbursement records, to ground policy recommendations. The university is considering what kind of health-informatics program it might offer.

Public Health:

In a 1987 essay titled “Epidemiology as a Liberal Art,” David W. Fraser, who was then president of Swarthmore College, argued that the study of public health offered an ideal way to teach about medicine in an undergraduate setting. Two decades later, Mr. Fraser’s essay seems prophetic. At least a dozen institutions have recently created undergraduate public-health majors. (Some of these, including fledgling programs at Yale University and the University of Virginia, are five-year hybrids that lead to both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in public health.) Between 2003 and 2007, the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded in public health doubled, increasing from 1,322 to 2,639.

The article is available on line to Chronicle subscribers.

Call for Submissions: Nursing Informatics

Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics (CJNI). We are looking for papers, presentations, book/web site/software/resource reviews, and other digital works related to Nursing Informatics in Practice, Education, Research and Administration. Please join us in showcasing how Nursing Informatics is being shaped in Canada and globally. Please do not think that your work is not “good enough”! If it pertains to nursing informatics in some capacity, we will help you to polish your submission to perfection. Your submission does not have to be a scholarly paper, per se. It can be a narrative essay, outlining your experiences in practicing, teaching, researching, or managing nursing informatics initiatives. It can be a description of a web-site or other resource to help nurses become aware of the use of technology, data, information and the like in their practice. You can review an excellent book, video, or other resource related to informatics. Even poems, art work, multimedia, and other creative works are all welcome! As well, we are looking for regular column contributors that focus on new technologies, software reviews, tips for nursing informatics teaching or practice, – or perhaps you have a bright idea to suggest??

The Journal is issued four times a year, with a Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall edition.

Deadlines for submissions include:

Fall 2008 Issue – deadline September 30th

Winter 2009 Issue – deadline January 31st

If you are interested in submitting to the CJNI, please send an abstract (or your complete manuscript, video, or other files) of your work to our Editors for consideration. We welcome inventive as well as practical papers and other forms of exploration into the diverse world of Nursing Informatics!