Software Engineering in Health Care
Healthcare Informatics is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world today. With the anticipated future advances and investments in this field, it is expected that Healthcare Informatics will become one of the dominate economic factors in the 21st century. In addition to economic importance, this field has the potential to make substantial contributions to the comfort and longevity of every human being on the face of the earth. Software, and thus Software Engineering, has an important role to play in all of this. Implantable devices, electronic records, robotic-driven surgery are just some examples where software plays a critical role. In addition, medical processes are known to be error prone and prime targets for process improvement technology. Moreover, there are important questions about software quality, user interfaces, systems interoperability, process automation, and many other concerns familiar to software engineering practitioners and researchers.
For these reasons the Software Engineering in Health Care (SEHC) workshop was associated with the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) in 2008 as a separate track and in 2009 as an ICSE Workshop. Plans are underway to hold it as an ICSE Workshop again in May 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. SEHC invites very broad participation from people who are actively engaged in identifying key research and technological issues associated with healthcare informatics, including those who are doing so through actual practice of healthcare and those who are developing prototypes and solutions aimed at dealing with these issues. The two-day workshop will consist of paper presentations, panel-led discussions, and invited speakers. More information about SEHC 2010 will be available in the fall of 2009.
This website is intended as a meeting point ∗for everyone interested in software engineering in health care,∗ not only workshop participants. There are many groups working on related issues - ∗in∗ ∗Computer Science as well as in Medical Informatics∗. We plan to collect relevant information broadly as possible and to support information exchange among these groups through the mailing list.
As the community interested in SEHC issues is very broad, we think this kind of information exchange between different groups is essential to establish and foster SEHC.
SEHC provides a mailing list accessible at https://listserv.uni-heidelberg.de/cgi-bin/wa?A0=SEHC. This list is intended for everyone interested in software engineering health care. We would like to encourage all mailinglist participants to distribute interesting links, meetings (e.g. conferences and workshops), research and collaboration opportunities over the list. We will collect the information also on the website if appropriate.
SEHC provides a WIKI accessible at https://xserve.cs.uvic.ca/wiki/projects/sehcwiki/SEHC_Wiki.html. The purpose of this Wiki is to engage the SEHC community in jointly authoring a report describing the distinct Software Engineering Challenges in Health Care and the progress we (as a community) have achieved over the last few years. We would like to encourage ALL persons interested in Software Engineering in healthcare to contribute.