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Everything is affected by the digital revolution. The opportunities for interdisciplinary digital health research bringing together computer science to dramatically improve health and wellbeing of individuals and populations 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. 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 2016, held in conjunction with WWW 2016, and in cooperation with ACM SIGMOD and SIGKDD, will in particular focus on public health computer science covering 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, serious games for public health interventions and automated early identification of health threats and response.
Building on successful conference series Electronic healthcare (ehealth) held in London (2008), Istanbul (2009)), Casablanca (2010) and Malaga (2011) and Public Health in Digital Age Workshop held with WWW conference in Rio de Janeiro (2013) and Seoul (2014), and Digital Health 2015 held in Florence, the aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to merge ehealth and PHDA communities and re-launch the full 3 day conference at WWW 2016 and expand on its original mission – bringing together health and public health agencies (WHO, ECDC, CDC, PHE) and computer science and IT and MedTech industry to cross-fertilize ideas and drive this growing interdisciplinary discipline.