Call for Papers and Demonstrations


The 2023 Workshop on Visual Analytics in Healthcare (VAHC 2023) is the 14th annual workshop that provides an opportunity for participants to discuss state-of-the-art interactive visual data analysis techniques and review how such techniques can be applied to healthcare data. The primary objective of the workshop is to bring together leading VIS designers, scientists, medical experts, and visionaries to discuss: a) interactive data visualization techniques that can be applied to healthcare data, b) areas of healthcare that need more attention from visualization and visual data analysis research, and c) emerging research trends, visualization techniques, software applications, benchmarks, and open datasets. The workshop will enable presenters to showcase their ongoing work through oral presentation and system demos, either as video supplemental material or live demos during the workshop to be arranged with the organizers for maximum visibility. In years past, demos of prototype and/or production visual analytics software have been particularly well received, and paper submitters are encouraged to submit a companion demo proposal.


VAHC assigns Best Paper and Honorable Mention awards. The awards entail a certificate and recognition on the VAHC website. This year, we also invite authors of high-quality papers to submit a revised and extended version to an open call for the Special Issue of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA). The topic of this special issue is “Interactive Visualization of Health Data for Digital and Personal Health”. The review process will seek to assign the same reviewers for previously accepted VAHC papers. More details about the special issue are available here:


We 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 various user groups, including (but not limited to) patients, clinical researchers, epidemiologists, public health analysts, physicians, hospital-based quality assurance officers, and insurance claim analysts.

The 2023 Workshop on Visual Analytics in Healthcare will cover a range of topics on the design, implementation, deployment, evaluation, and abstraction of visual analytics methods, including (but not limited to):

  • Clinical care:

    • Prescription drugs and drug-drug interactions
    • Multi-omic datasets
    • Longitudinal clinical data
    • Visual data mining of EMRs
    • Specific treatment contexts, emergency department, patient safety, mental health.
    • Clinical workflows
    • Outcome forecasting or prediction
    • Explainable AI and ML in healthcare
  • Digital health and personal health

    • Mobile health
    • Wearable devices' data control and processing
    • Telehealth and telemedicine
    • Personalized medicine
  • Patient-related applications:

    • Patient-generated health data
    • Understanding of patient behavior and experience
    • Patient education
    • Physician-patient communication
  • Public health data:

    • Pandemic forecasting and tracking
    • Learning from crises with visualization
    • Public health surveillance systems


VAHC 2023 will have a new paper format!

We will accept short papers with up to six pages plus one page of references (6+1).

We encourage a diverse range of submissions and demonstrations from academia, healthcare organizations, and industry in any of the short paper types listed below:

  • Application papers (format: “6+1”)
  • Research papers (format: “6+1”)
  • Positions and system demo papers (format “2+1”)
  • Posters (format: “2+1” abstract and A0 poster)

Accepted papers will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore subject to meeting IEEE Xplore’s scope and quality requirements.

Demo: Every system demo paper may be accompanied by a video demo submission

All material will be submitted via the Precision Conference System (PCS):

For all submissions, please use the VGTC conference style template:

Contact vahc.sig at if you have any questions.


  • Deadline for submission: July 24, 2023
  • Notification of acceptance: August 14, 2023
  • Camera-ready papers due: August 28, 2023
  • VAHC 2023 workshop: October 22 or 23, 2023


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Jürgen Bernard, University of Zurich, General Chair

Danny T.Y. Wu, University of Cincinnati, Co-Chair

Annie T. Chen, University of Washington, Co-Chair