[INDEHELA-L] HELINA Extended Call for Participation

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Mon Sep 8 12:26:32 EEST 2014

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9th Health Informatics in Africa Conference

Due to the outbreak of Ebola in the West Africa region and as part of 
measures to prevent the outbreak of Ebola in Ghana; the Government of 
Ghana on Thursday August 14, 2014 has placed a three month ban on all 
international conferences and gatherings in the Country. In view of this 
uncontrollable circumstance HELINA and GHIA Council would like to 
announce the postponement of this year conference, initially scheduled 
from 11-15 October, 2014 to March 7-11 March, 2015.

With regard to this new development the organizers of HELINA 2014 are 
pleased to extend the invitation for original submissions that address 
the use of informatics or computer sciences for universal health 
coverage in Africa in the following categories:
• Full research papers (completed research with mature results) with 5 
to 8 pages
• Work in progress papers with 5 to 8 pages
• Experience presentations or “case studies” (reports of health 
informatics or e-Health implementations and lessons learned) (1 page 

Informatics for Universal Health Coverage in Africa: From Point of Care 
Systems to National Strategies
The conference will be organized around the following major tracks and 
as such all submissions should relate to one of these tracks:
•National e-health strategies, policies and architectures
•Point of Care Health Information Systems
•Integrated healthcare and in Universal Health Coverage
•Health Insurance and Electronic Claims Processing
•Clinical Decisions Support Systems
•Health Information Systems and Integration of Vertical Health 
Programmes, specialized care (maternal and child health, mental health, 
HIV/AIDS, etc.)
•Data Mining, Big data analytics, and National Health Data Reporting 
•Health Information Systems analysis, development, implementation and 
•Software architectures interoperability, Health Data Standards and 
controlled Vocabularies
•Informatics in the Implementation of Monitoring and Evaluation Systems
•Health Informatics education, research methods and capacity development
•Empowering communities and community participation

Submissions can be prepared either in English or French and must not 
have been proposed to other symposia or journals.

An online submission system and a submission template available on the 
conference web site http://conf.helina-online.org/index.php/2014/index/ 
must be used.  The template contains more detailed instructions 
following the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to 
Biomedical Journals http://www.icmje.org/manuscript_1prepare.html. In 
case of difficulties while using the submission platform, please contact 
the conference technical team directly at technical at helina-online.org.

Submissions will undergo a double-blind peer reviewing process. Accepted 
full research papers will be published in the journal of Health 
Informatics in Africa (http://www.jhia-online.org) and accepted work in 
progress papers will be published in an electronic conference 
proceedings on the website of HELINA with an ISBN. At least one author 
must register to attend the conference.

The submission deadline for this extended call for participation is 16 
November 2014.

We sincerely apologize if this change might affect your plans; we will 
immediately inform you of any new development for your prompt action and 

Submission deadline: 16 November 2014 (NO further extensions will be 
Notification of acceptance of submissions: 9 January 2015
Camera-ready paper deadline: 16 February 2015
Conference: 7 – 11 March 2015

General Chair of the Conference: Ghislain Kouematchoua, 
hcs at helina-online.org
Local organizing Committee Chair: Nutefe E. Achoribo, 
hcs at helina-online.org
Scientific Programme Committee Chair: Nicky Mostert-Phipps, 
spc at helina-online.org
Scientific Programme Committee Co-Chair: Frank Verbeke, 
spc at helina-online.orgScientific Programme Committee Co-Chair: Samuel 
Bosomprah, spc at helina-online.org

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