2nd International Saudi Health Informatics Conference (ISHIC 2017) المؤتمر الدولي السعودي الثاني في المعلوماتية الصحية

Call For Submission

The second International Saudi Health Informatics Conference is a scientific gathering for researchers, practitioners, educators, and students, to present scientific work, and discuss the future and current scientific and technical advancements, innovations, and projects in the area of Health Informatics and healthcare.
Below are the main themes available but submission is not limited to these topics:

Track 1. Medical and Clinical Informatics

Electronic Health Record, Hospital/Health Information System, Imaging Informatics (PACS, Radiology Information Systems), Dental Informatics, Decision Support Systems, and Nursing Informatics.

Track 2. Public Health Informatics

GIS, Registries, Surveillance system, Emergency/Disaster Informatics, Public health informatics, and population informatics.

Track 3. Telehealth/Telemedicine

Telemedicine, Telesurgeries, Telehealth applications, mobile health, wearable devices, Teleradiology, Tele-ICU, and Telepathology.

Track 4. Consumer Health Informatics

Patient-centered design, Social media, Mobile Health, Consumer health, and Patients’ portals.

Track 5. Security and Privacy

Privacy management, Security, Ethical and legal Issues, Confidently, Access control, and Data ownership.

Track 6. Computer in Medical Education

Virtual reality, Learning management system, Simulation, mobile learning, Robotics, and Augmented reality.

Track 7. Ontologies and Knowledge management

Clinical guidelines, Standards, Terminologies

Track 8. Internet of Things, Big Data & Cloud Computing

Big data as a service, Data Management, Complex biological science, Modelling Home-health, Ubiquitous health, Access control, cloud application, mobile cloud

Track 9. Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Business Intelligence in Health

Entrepreneurial strategies, Business intelligence in health, Innovation in Healthcare, Inter-cultural communication

Track 10. Quality & Patient Safety and Healthcare

Impact of Health Informatics on patient safety, Benefits realizations studies, Quality improvement, Risk management, Return on investment, and Standard & accreditation.

Track 11. Chronic Disease Management and Health Informatics

Cardiovascular, Diabetes, Hypertension,Stroke, cancer, Type 2 diabetes,Arthritis, Chronic disease management, Home monitors and support, and Self management.

Track 12. Bioinformatics

Genomic & Proteomics, Sequence Analysis, Visualization, Simulation, Personalized medicine.

Track 13: Evidence Based Medicine and Health Informatics

Evidence based public health, Meta-analysis, Systematic review, Policy making and management , and Evidence based medicine.

Track 14: Leadership & Health Administration and Health informatics

Technology Adoption, Success Model, Technology Acceptance, Leadership, Change management, Strategic management, Technology management.


There are 4 scientific programs offered in this conference: Oral Presentation and Poster Presentation, Workshop, Project Forum.

Call for Oral and Poster Abstracts

Abstract Submission Guidelines:

Only the submission of an abstract is required for peer review. All accepted abstracts will be published in the ISHIC conference proceeding. This proceeding will be indexed by Google scholar.


Abstract Reviewing process :

A double blind review process will be employed in reviewing abstract. Reviewers will provide feedback and recommendation. Program committee will decide the final acceptance of the submission. All decision for acceptance is final.


Abstract Submission Format:


All participants must submit the abstract in the following format:

Abstract must not be more than 500 words, PDF only, Times New Roman 12 pt, 1.5-spaced and should consist of the following sections:

1- Title of the abstract: ALL CAPITALS
2- Authors' Names (e.g., Ahmed Ali, Faisal Abdullah), presenting author always first
3- Organization(s): e.g., King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

4- Body of Abstract must include:

  •    - Introduction
  •    - Methodology
  •    - Result
  •    - Discussion

Preparing Presentation:

Upon the decision of acceptance, presenters will prepare the presentation as follows

Oral Presentations:
PC and PC-based multimedia projector will be provided for your Power Point presentation.

Please bring your presentations on memory sticks and upload all your presentations in advance, on the day of your presentations:
Speakers of morning sessions: during morning registration.
Speakers of afternoon sessions: during lunch break.

Presentation will be 15 minutes each including Q&A session


Poster Presentation:
Maximum poster size: A0 (841 x 1189 mm or 33.1 x 46.8 inches)

Deadline :
Abstract Submission: December 17th 2016
Extended Abstract Submission: February 12th 2017 by 11:59 pm
Full paper submission Due date 15th March 2017

Call for Workshops

We invite proposals for pre conference workshops to be held together with the ISHIC 2017 Conference. Workshops will take place on the same venue as the main conference. We welcome proposals on emerging topics that are not able to be fully explored in the main conference. Individuals can run hand-on workshop for either a 3 hour half day or 6 hour full day slot. The workshops should allow for discussion, interaction, hands on activities, presentation and debate on specific topic. The purpose of the workshop is to provide a comprehensive forum and encourage in-depth discussion of various technical and application issues in health informatics research field.

Workshop Proposal Submission Format:

Facilitator(s) of workshop should submit a proposal with the following format:
  1.    1- Title of the Workshop
  2.    2- The theme, goals, and topics of the workshop
  3.    3- Relevance and significance of this workshop to the main conference
  4.    4-Target audience
  5.    5- Facilitator Biodata (100 words or less) plus picture
  6.    6- Synopsis of Workshop (300 words or less)
  7.    7- Duration of Workshop: 3 hours or 6 hours
  8.    8- Learning Outcomes
  9.    9- Program Outline (workshop format)
  10.    10- Brief CV and prior experiences in conducting workshop

Workshop Registration:

Participants interested in attending workshops, should reserve their place through our registration system and pay for their chosen workshops ASAP, as we have limited number of seats.

Workshop Important Dates:

Workshop Proposal Submission Deadline: January 15th 2017
Notification of Acceptance: March 1st 2017
Camera Ready date for workshop proposal: March 15th 2017
Submit workshop proposal to healthinformatics@ksu.edu.sa, with email subject "ISHIC 2017 Workshop Submission"

Workshop Template

Submit workshop to healthinformatics@ksu.edu.sa

Call for Project forum

Project Forum offers a unique platform for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals to present their original research in the field of health informatics. The goal of project forum is to encourage participation and networking at ISHIC 2017. In particular, it will provide an opportunity to:

1. Participate in a scientific event
2. Meet Health Informatics community in Saudi Arabia and in the Middle East
3. Share ideas and work in progress
4. Improve interpersonal skills
5. Network with professionals in Health Informatics and related fields
6. Support the transfer of knowledge and idea in the area of health informatics
7. Cultivate the spirit of creativity

Who is eligible?

Project Forum is open to all undergraduates, graduate students in healthcare field, IT professional, organizations, communities, and individuals who produce breakthroughs designed to address the healthcare needs, and involved in any health system/health informatics project.

Individual and organizations can participate in the Project Forum based on announced categories & will be accepted according to but not limited to the following:
  • Public & Private Healthcare Organizations
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Individuals, Healthcare, IT, and Engineering Professionals, etc.
  • Students: undergraduate/postgraduate
  • Vendor Solution Providers

What is a Project ?

Any work in progress, whether an ongoing research work, system development or innovation project, can be presented at the Student Project Forum.


You can gain many tangible and intangible rewards from participating in this forum:
1. Awards.
2. Visibility: Opportunities to meet with researchers in their field of interest and make important connections.
3. Experiences: Opportunities to sharpen communication, visual, organizational and presentation skills.
4. Opportunity to learn about research areas of their peers to increase their capacity as multidisciplinary researchers.

How does the Project forum work?

The organizing committee will review each project and decide the eligibility of the project to be presented at the conference.
Upon acceptance, the participants will prepare a PowerPoint presentation and present their work for 15 minutes including Q&A in front of a panel of healthcare experts.
The forum will allow students to present and discuss their novel research ideas that are yet to be published.
Students will also be assigned mentors so the project can be improved further.

Project Forum Express of Interest (EOI) :

Please submit an EOI with the following format:

1. Names and Affiliation:
2. Title of Project:
3. Project type (research, system, or innovation):
4. Target group:
5. Percentage complete:
6. Is this project part of a course or degree requirements? Please indicate:
7. Project outcomes (publication, software, patent, etc.):
8. Abstract (250 words or less)

Deadline :

Express of Interest: March 15th 2017
Announcement of Acceptance: February 28th 2017

Project Awards   Submit Project


Submit EOI healthinformatics@ksu.edu.sa

About the conference

The International Saudi Health Informatics Conference (ISHIC), its kind in the region, marks an important development in the visibility of Health Informatics as a scientific field. We anticipate participants from more than 20 international countries, including professionals from the United States and several European countries, with individual specialties spanning across the fields of Healthcare including Health Informatics, Biomedical Engineering, Bioinformatics, Clinical Informatics, Public Health, Patient Safety & Quality, EBM, radiology and imaging informatics, among others.

The conference will focus on the modern technological developments and expanding the role of health informatics within Saudi Arabia and the Region, from both the clinical and the public health informatics perspective. The conference will also explore the latest advancements in Biomedical engineering, including biomedical devices and instrumentation, as well as examining case studies and models for best practices within healthcare.


Conference objectives

  • Discuss the leading health informatics theories, frameworks, methodologies, and technologies employed both within Saudi Arabia and internationally.
  • Communicate and share the knowledge and experiences of both Saudi and international researchers relating to health informatics.
  • Describe and review the best practice approaches to health informatics education.
  • Explore research collaboration opportunities between Saudi Arabian and international researchers.
  • Highlight the importance of scientific research for health informatics and its role in improving the overall quality of healthcare services within Saudi Arabia.

Conference Topics

  • Medical informatics
  • Clinical informatics
  • Public health informatics
  • Telehealth/Telemedicine/mobile health
  • Bioinformatics
  • Privacy & security in healthcare
  • Quality, Patient safety
  • Evidence Based Medicine
  • Internet of Things, Cloud computing, Big Data in Health
  • E-learning in Health
  • Ontologies and Knowledge Management

Target audience

  • Health/Medical Informatics scholars and students
  • Medical and Health Sciences scholars and students
  • Allied health scholars and students
  • Nursing ,pharmacy, applied medical sciences scholars and students
  • Government officials and policy makers
  • Physicians, Residents and Interns
  • Biomedical Engineers
  • Chief Information Officers

Advisory board

Prof. William Hersh

Leader and innovator in biomedical informatics both in education and research.

Prof. Syed Aljunid

Professor of Public Health Medicine and Health Economics of National University of Malaysia (UKM). He is the first Malaysian to obtained PhD in Health Economics from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1995.

Prof. Liz Burd

Professor Liz Burd joined the UoN from the University of Durham in the UK, where she was Dean of Undergraduate Education and Chair of Information Technology. With an international reputation in the field of education, Professor Burd is particularly recognised for her pioneering research into Technology Enhanced Learning. She is globally recognised having received 5 University awards for enhancing learning. She is a member of key international bodies including Chair of the IEEE Engineering and Technology Education Portals Committee.

Prof. Aziz Sheikh

Professor of Primary Care Research and Development and Co-Director of Medical Informatics in the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics at The University of Edinburgh


conference Partners

Conference Speakers

Prof. Ahmed AlBarrak

Conference Chair

Professor of Medical Informatics in Medical Education at College of Medicine, King Saud University and the chairman of Health Informatics and Promotion Research Chair.

Prof. William Hersh

Leader and innovator in biomedical informatics both in education and research. He developed and serves as Director of all of OHSU’s graduate biomedical informatics education programs, including the Master of Science, the Master of Biomedical Informatics, the Graduate Certificate, and the Doctor of Philosophy.

Prof. Aziz Sheikh

Professor of Primary Care Research and Development and Co-Director of Medical Informatics in the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics at The University of Edinburgh


Prof. Syed Aljunid

Professor of Public Health Medicine and Health Economics of National University of Malaysia (UKM). He is the first Malaysian to obtained PhD in Health Economics from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1995.

Conference FAQS

Please register for the conference by filling out your information using the Registration page in this website.

Yes, the conference is open to anyone interested in the field of Health Informatics.


Fees are all listed in the registration page.

Yes, students are eligible for a discounted rate.

At least one author must register between February 4th- February 28th 2016 to ensure participation in the conference.

For international participants, early payment is encouraged so visa can be generated on time.

A separate form will be given for international participants.

Please follow the strict deadline as we need time to prepare the visa.


17 CME hours.


Yes, you can register to attend the conference as student or professional without submitting any paper
Kindly go to the registration form to proceed http://saudi-ishic.com/register.html

To submit an abstract go to:
You should submit your abstract using Easychair website
It must be in pdf format
If you do not have an Easy chair account, you must first create an account in Easychair. Once you have an account you can use the submission
link to submit your abstract. For any further information, email health informatics@ksu.edu.sa


Conference Location

Health Sciences Research Center (HSRC), Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, Entrance Gate Number 4

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.