Public Health and emergencies in the Age of Big Data


Conference Aim
Everything is affected by the digital revolution. The opportunities for interdisciplinary digital health research bringing together computer science to dramatically improve public health and wellbeing of individuals and populations globally are extraordinary.

Recent technological advances enabled by creation of real-time big data streams, social media, participatory and context-aware systems and infectious disease modelling are the focus of public health informatics with the aim to achieve an integration with the existing national and international surveillance services.

At Digital Health 2018, a new strategic theme will be introduced: emergency and humanitarian medicine addressing acute needs of natural and manmade disasters will leverage opportunities created by geo-located big data, mobile technology and crowdsourcing for improving resilience, early warning and response to disasters and emergencies.

Cutting-edge research into web science, medical ontologies and recommender systems provide further opportunities for development of personalized intelligent systems for public and global health. Serious games, gamification and mhealth interventions empower users in developed world but are accelerating unprecedented access to best evidence, medical advice and healthcare services in developing world.

DH 2018 will in particular focus on public and global health, computer science and digital health for emergency and humanitarian contexts. DH 2018 will cover a wide spectrum of subjects including communities of practice and social networks, analytics and engagement with tracking and monitoring wearable devices, big data, public health surveillance, persuasive technologies, epidemic intelligence, participatory surveillance, emergency medicine, serious games for public health interventions and automated early identification of health threats and response.


  • Real time data analytics and mobile technologies for emergency and humanitarian contexts
  • Big data analytics and for public health surveillance and epidemic intelligence
  • Crowdsourcing and participatory surveillance
  • Web 2.0, online medical/patient communities of practice and persuasive technology
  • Smart Health and intelligent ubiquitous technologies for health and wellbeing
  • Social Computing for Health
  • Tracking/wearable and mobile technology
  • Personalisation and profiling, recommender systems for health
  • mhealth for global health in low and middle income settings
  • Citizens Science for Health
  • Digital Prevention and Interventions and behaviour changing digital interventions
  • Semantic Web, Knowledge Management/Extraction, Web Science and Health
  • E-learning, training and serious games for health
  • Industry and Startup Track
  • PhD Track

Building on interdisciplinary success of Digital Health 2015-17 and the previous ehealth 2008-11 conference series, the aim of the conference is to bring together a multidisciplinary spectrum of researchers, industry/start-ups and healthcare practitioners. Submissions are welcome from the range of stakeholders involved in digital health including:

  • Computer scientists, health informaticians, emergency medicine experts
  • Public health experts, epidemiologists, clinicians, GPs
  • National and international public health agencies (e.g. PHE, InVS, RKI, ECDC, WHO)
  • Epidemic intelligence systems providers (MEdi+Board, GPHIN, MediSys, HealthMap)
  • NGOs and Agencies (MSF, Red Cross/Crescent, UNHCR, UN ITU, etc)
  • Industry and startups, Medtech, IT/SM industry, pharmaceutical industry

Call for papers
We are pleased to welcome submissions to our three conference tracks:

The Proceedings of the Digital Health conference 2018 papers will be peer reviewed by three members of the Programme Committee for relevance, originality, quality, and will be included in the Digital Health 2018 Proceedings, published by ACM.




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