2018 Workshop on Visual Analytics in Healthcare

AMIA 2018, November 3rd, San Francisco, CA



Call for Papers

The 2018 Workshop on Visual Analytics in Healthcare (VAHC 2018) is the eighth annual workshop that provides an opportunity for participants to discuss state-of-the-art data visualization techniques and review how such techniques can be applied to healthcare data. The primary objective of the annual workshop is to bring together medical experts, leading scientists, and visionaries to discuss visualization techniques that can be applied to healthcare data and discuss the areas of healthcare that need more attention from the visualization and visual data mining communities. The workshop will allow participants to showcase their ongoing work on visual analytics of healthcare-related data through podium, posters, or demo presentations as well as to learn more about emerging techniques, software applications, and datasets. In years past, demos of prototype and/or production visual analytics software have been particularly well received, and paper submitters should also consider submitting a companion demo proposal.

During the last seven years the Workshop on Visual Analytics in Healthcare (VAHC) has been organized and hosted annually. The VAHC workshop has been hosted four times at the IEEE VIS conference (2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015) and three times at the AMIA Annual Symposium (2013, 2014, and 2016). This year the VAHC 2018 workshop is held in conjunction with the AMIA 2018 conference on Nov 3rd, 2018. For information about all previous VAHC events and to access the open-access proceedings from each of the previous workshops, please see past events.

Topics and Scope

We will welcome discussions of the use of visual approaches, interaction design, statistical methods, and machine learning for healthcare data analysis. Participants may address the needs of a variety of users, including clinical researchers, epidemiologists, public health analysts, pharmaco-vigilance experts, physicians, hospital-based quality assurance officers, insurance claim analysts, and patients.

The 2018 Workshop on Visual Analytics in Healthcare will cover a broad range of topics including:

  • Design of dashboards for public health surveillance programs
  • Evaluation of visual analytics techniques and systems
  • Human computer interaction
  • Improving clinical workflow with visual analytics
  • Improving patient education and/or clinician-patient communication
  • Improving understanding of patient behavior and experience
  • Outcome forecasting or prediction
  • Pandemic forecasting and tracking
  • Theories of visualization in the clinical domain
  • Visual analysis and exploration of longitudinal clinical data
  • Visual analytics as a means for knowledge discovery
  • Visual analytics for patient safety
  • Visual analytics in radiology
  • Visual analytics in surgery
  • Visual analytics in the emergency department (ED) and operating room (OR)
  • Visual analytics to explore multi-omic datasets
  • Visual data mining of EMRs
  • Visualization of patient-generated health data
  • Visualization of prescription drugs and drug-drug interactions
  • Visualization of public health data

Paper Submission and Format Guidelines

We encourage a diverse range of submissions and demonstrations from academic, healthcare organizations, and industry that addresses any of the topics listed above. Submissions can be for (1) paper / podium presentations, (2) poster presentations, (3) live and interactive demonstrations, or (4) design challenge.

  • Paper: submissions are limited to eight pages and should use the standard AMIA formatting template, available here (download MSWord or LaTeX template).
  • Poster: abstract submissions are limited to one page.
  • Demonstration: abstract submissions are limited to two pages.
  • Design challenge: abstract submissions are limited to two pages and will be used for preliminary judging; submissions not selected for oral presentation will be considered for a poster or demonstration.

All material should be submitted via the EasyChair link. Contact vahc.sig (at) if you have any questions.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submission:      August 21st, 2018
  • Notification of acceptance:  September 30th, 2018
  • Camera-ready papers due:   October 15th, 2018
  • Workshop:                          November 3rd, 2018