To be considered for (1) paper / podium presentations, (2) poster presentations, (3) live and interactive demonstrations, or (4) the design challeng oral authors must submit a paper or an abstract.

Online Submission

Papers must be submitted online at

Submission Guidelines

  • Paper Formatting:
    • Paper: submissions are limited to eight pages and should use the standard AMIA formatting template, available here: See or
    • 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.
  • Publication: We have entered into an agreement with Prof. Chris Lehmann, Editor-in-Chief of Applied Clinical Informatics (ACI), to publish some or all of the presented papers (6 anticipated) and design challenge winners (3 anticipated) as part of a Special Topic in Visual Analytics, with our paper chair and ACI Associate Editor Ms. Carolyn Petersen as the special topic editor. Selected papers are not guaranteed to be accepted and will undergo peer review at ACI. Abstracts and papers not accepted for publication in the special topic series will be made available on, at the authors’ discretion.

Review process:

Papers will be reviewed based on novelty, contribution, and relevance to the area of visualization, visual analytics, and health informatics. The program committee, which includes physicians and visualization experts, will review each submission and select a set of papers for oral presentation and other papers for poster presentations.

No show policy

At least one author of accepted paper and poster presentations are expected to attend the workshop. VAHC reserves the right to ban authors from future workshops if their accepted paper or poster is not presented at the conference.