Washington, D.C., 17th to 18th July 2014

For 2014, we will hold a joint event of the Fourth Symposium on Foundations of Health Information Engineering and Systems (FHIES) and the Software Engineering in Healthcare (SEHC) workshop, which has been collocated with ICSE for the last five years. The goal of FHIES/SEHC '14 is to discuss recent research innovations and to closer integrate an interdisciplinary community to develop a research, educational and industrial agenda for the application of software engineering in the healthcare sector.

The ability to deliver timely, effective and cost efficient healthcare services remains one of the world's foremost challenges. The challenge has numerous dimensions including: (a) the need to develop a highly functional yet secure electronic health record system that integrates a multitude of incompatible existing systems; (b) in-home patient support systems and telemedicine to reduce demand on professional health-care facilities; (c) innovative technical devices such as advanced pacemakers that support other healthcare procedures; and (d) the specific constraints for health care imposed in different societies, particularly developing countries. Responding to this challenge will substantially increase the usage of software-intensive systems in all aspects of healthcare services. However the digitization of healthcare results in extensive changes related to the development, use, evolution, and integration of health software, especially with respect to the volume, dependability, safety and security of these software-dependent systems.


FHIES/SEHC '14 seeks contributions from both the solution domain (engineering and scientific methods) and the problem domain (healthcare and health informatics). Solution-domain papers should present their methods in the context of a concrete application in healthcare, while problem-domain papers should be devised to educate the formal methods community about unique challenges and characteristics of the healthcare domain. Submissions should seek to inform and further the development, adaptation, evaluation and adoption of formally based and rigorous engineering methods in health care systems.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Conformance to regulations and standards and the certification of software-intensive ICT systems in healthcare..
  • Interoperability between devices and with information systems, integration across institutions and jurisdictions
  • Application and integration of foundational methods from different disciplines in engineering and science (including automation of clinical guidelines, ontology development and reasoning, cloud computing and social networking, mobile devices and pervasive computing)
  • Health service delivery in different settings, including the developing world.
  • Software quality, security, safety issues in health care systems and processes
  • Effective integration of medical devices into overall healthcare systems and processes
  • Determining the quality of the software in healthcare systems, including embedded medical devices
  • Requirements engineering for healthcare processes and systems
  • Healthcare process definition, analysis, automation, and improvement
  • Architectures for healthcare systems and system integration
  • User interface issues in healthcare systems and processes
  • Healthcare issues in aging-in-place (Eldercare)
  • Privacy of healthcare data
  • Privacy-preserving sharing of healthcare data
  • Trusted, privacy-preserving analytics of aggregated healthcare data


The Fourth International Symposium on Foundations of Health Information Engineering and Systems (FHIES 2014) along with the Software Engineering in Healthcare workshop (SEHC 2014) will take place in Washington, D.C., on 17th to 18th July 2014. Please see the Call for Papers for instructions on how to submit a paper.


Former Events


FHIES 2013 was held in Macau, China on August 21-23, 2013.
  The Proceedings can be found here.
FHIES 2012 was held in Paris, France on August 27-28, 2012.
  The Proceedings can be found here.
FHIES 2011 was held in Johannesburg, South Africa on August 29-30, 2011.
  The Proceedings can be found here.



SEHC 2013 was held in San Francisco, US on May 20-21, 2013.
SEHC 2012 was held in Zurich, Switzerland on June 5th, 2012.
SEHC 2011 was held in Honolulu, US on May 22-23, 2011.
SEHC 2010 was held in Cape Town, South Africa on May 3-4, 2010.
SEHC 2009 was held in Vancouver, Canada on May 18-19, 2009.
Experience Track on Software Engineering in Health Care was held in Leipzig, Germany on May 16th, 2008.