Call for Participation


New this year! In Collaboration with WISH 2014, a JAMIA Special Issue: Interactive Systems for Patient-Centered Care to Enhance  Patient Engagement.

WISH 2014 will be held as a one-day interactive workshop that offers an exciting program including keynotes, panels, breakout sessions, paper presentations, and poster exhibition.

The workshop will be co-located with the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Annual Symposium on November 15, 2014, Washington DC, USA.

(1) Workshop Description

Addressing the complex interplay among human, technological, and organizational systems in healthcare is critically important. At the intersection of these systems lies a significant research area that has the potential to impact the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care. These issues are timely and of utmost priority to be addressed, given the recent emphasis on health information technology (HIT) solutions as part of the ongoing efforts towards the healthcare reform. However, biomedical informatics, human-computer interaction, medical sociology, anthropology, and other research areas related to HIT are often confined in their disciplinary silos, making significant and much-needed cross-disciplinary collaboration challenging. Discussions at highly specialized conferences or tracks within conferences can become too narrowed and disjointed: investigating particular issues in detail but sometimes missing the meta-context and issues from other relevant disciplines.

At WISH 2014, researchers and practitioners with interests in HIT will come together to promote deeper and more profound connections among diverse communities by discussing collaborative research experiences and developing new collaboration opportunities. It is hoped that the interactions across these communities in a focused workshop will lead to the development of new methods, approaches, and techniques to improve the design, adoption, and use of HIT. WISH 2014 is designed to foster conversation and interactions, bridge communities, and develop a shared body of knowledge.

(2) Important Dates

Submissions due: July 25, 2014 (extended)

Notification of acceptance: August 29, 2014

(3) Submissions

We are accepting three types of submissions: Technical Papers, Interactive Posters, and Panels. Technical papers should be submitted as maximum 4-page papers. Both interactive posters and panels should be submitted as maximum 2-page papers. All submissions must be in the AMIA submission format.

Technical Papers are intended to report completed research. Interactive Posters allow researchers to showcase exploratory or on-going research and to discuss their work with attendees during a poster exhibition session. Panel submissions should propose relevant topics in healthcare research that involves strategies and experiences in connecting and collaborating across disciplines, research design and methodologies, or evaluation of interactive systems in healthcare. Proposed panels are hour-long sessions that should include brief presentations by a maximum of five panelists and involve significant interactions with the audience.

How to Submit:

All submissions should be made via the WISH 2014 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 in the bottom of the form. If you have questions or need further information, please email the workshop organizers at

(4) Mentoring Program

Subject to availability of funding, WISH 2014 plans to offer a mentoring program for students and junior researchers in the fields of HCI, healthcare, biomedical informatics, and fields related to health information technology. The program will offer travel support for mentees accepted into the program and will pair them with steering committee members for one-on-one mentoring meetings during the workshop. Updates will be posted on the WISH 2014 website in due course.

(Sept.24, 2014) Updates: The mentoring program is contingent on the approval of our AHRQ grant, and currently we are still waiting for the results.

(Oct. 8, 2014) Updates: Due to lack of the funding, we are not able to provide mentoring program this year.

(5) JAMIA Special Issue

We are calling for submissions to a JAMIA special issue on “Interactive Systems for Patient-Centered Care to Enhance Patient Engagement.” The special issue is intended to highlight new research on patient-centered care and patient engagement that exemplifies the WISH theme of cross-disciplinary collaborations. Details of the special issue is here.

We look forward to seeing you at WISH 2014!

Workshop Organizers:

Charlotte Tang, PhD, University of Michigan, Flint
Nancy Lorenzi, PhD, Vanderbilt University
Christopher Harle, PhD, University of Florida
Xiaomu Zhou, PhD, Rutgers University


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s