Foundations of health information engineering and systems


  • DATE / TIME:
    2011•08•29 - 2011•08•30

    This new symposium series seeks to promote the development and application of theories and techniques in computing science and software engineering to modelling, building and certifying software-based systems in the application domain of healthcare.


    International Symposium on Foundations of Health Information Engineering and Systems

    Information and communication technology plays an increasingly enabling role in addressing the global challenges of healthcare, in both the developed and the developing world, that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Members States. The use of software in medical devices is already raising issues in relation to safety and efficacy for manufacturers and regulators. Health information systems raise issues of both privacy and confidentiality, on the one hand, and, increasingly, patient safety on the other. Hospital and other information systems raise important issues of efficacy and interoperability. However, to capitalize on the potential of this technology in reshaping healthcare demands focused research on sound and safe development techniques from software engineering, electronic engineering, computing science, information science, mathematics, and industrial engineering.

    The purpose of the new symposium series on Foundations of Software Engineering Health Informatics (FHIES) is to promote a nascent research area that aims to develop and apply theories and techniques in computing science and software engineering to modelling, building and certifying software-based systems in the application domain of healthcare. Many of these systems are already regulated in many jurisdictions and many more of them will become regulated in the future.

    Research on theories, techniques and tools of software modelling, verification and validation has been an important area of computer science and software engineering, known as Formal Methods. This research addresses the challenging problem of design and certification of safety or mission critical software systems through abstraction and decomposition techniques based on the use of mathematical modelling theories and sound engineering methods. Formal methods have primarily addressed the correctness of systems used in the industrial, financial, and defence applications. However, they have recently found application in modelling and analysis of complex systems that involve interacting behaviour of many kinds of objects and agents, including software systems, physical objects and humans. The models of these systems have both discrete and continuous behaviour, and both qualitative and quantitative (e.g., spatial timing and probabilistic) properties. It is believed that these methods can be used for modelling problems of health informatics, which presents the challenge of scalability.

    Software plays a critical role in sustainable health care, both as part of the solution and as part of the problem. Software intensive information systems are needed to support the collection and processing of vast amounts of data via different devices, and allow policy makers to access and share these data, and to support their decision making and validation. Software systems can be developed for managing, controlling and monitoring policies, processes and workflows in medical systems. Software systems can be developed to help create the sophisticated medical devices that are simply impossible to build without the software. On the other hand, the application of software raises challenging issues in safety, security and privacy, and increases the complexity of healthcare workflows and the need for new business policies.