Workshop Background & Aims

Late 2017, the European Commission has described various open challenges in relation to the management of health information across member states: 

“With 24 official languages spoken across EU Member States, the EU eHealth interoperability task is even more daunting. In order to fully unlock these sources of value, effort must be invested in standardisation and harmonisation (including common clinical models, tools and agreed approaches), privacy and security (including data access and data integrity) and communication (towards citizens, patients and healthcare providers) to allow citizen/patient empowerment, advance medical science and improve health for everyone.”

Although promising consortia have received dedicated funding (cfr., InteropEHRate & Smart4Health), these challenges are far from solved and solutions should also apply for citizens of non-European countries. 

The PHIERP workshop will provide a forum for discussing the state-of-the art in this domain with EDOC specialists that can provide enterprise computing insights from domains other than healthcare. As EDOC 2020 is organised in Eindhoven, special attention will be given to the MedMij initiative, which is a Dutch government-funded initiative to boost FHIR based interoperability between Dutch hospitals, home physicians, pharmacies and specialist labs. Then again, submissions from countries where more interoperability has already been achieved are more than welcome. We will review critically the state-of-the-practice by welcoming also scholars and entrepreneurs who aim to apply advanced machine learning on the integrated health infrastructures that are emerging. This should reveal which specific technical and organisational challenges deserve extra attention in the upcoming years.

Call for Papers


We are calling for scientific papers, inspired by, but not limited to the following topics:

  • Interoperability in the context of clinical and lifestyle-related data;
  • Stakeholder perspectives on such data (also covering data utility);
  • Sense and non-sense of national specializations of standards such as HL7 FHIR;
  • Health data infrastructures for privacy-preserving artificially intelligent applications;
  • Storing and executing models of digital twins on health data infrastructures;
  • Business processes for managing health data standards internationally;
  • Modeling health data in relation to context information (from the built environment and nature)

Intended Audience

We are envisioning attendance by the following stakeholders but we welcome others to join:

  • Information System Scholars 
  • Information Architects of Hospitals
  • CTOs of Providers of Hospital and Lab Information Systems (HISs, EHRs, EMRs, …)
  • CTOs of Providers of Personal Health Records (PHRs, PGOs, …)
  • Scholars in Medical Machine Learning and Expert Systems
  • Policy Makers on regional and national health infrastructures

Important Dates

We aim to follow the overall timeline of the EDOC conference. Specifically for PHIERP, here are the key dates (note: on April 27th, deadlines were revised due to COVID19):

  • Paper submission deadline: 16 August 2020 (was 14 June 2020)
  • Papers acceptance notification: 6 September 2020 (was 12 July 2020)
  • Camera-ready papers due: 13 September 2020 (was 26 July 2020)
  • Author registration: 13 September 2020 (was 26 July 2020)
  • Workshops sessions: 5 October 2020

Submission Details

Submit via
. Please aim at 8-10 pages in IEEE two-column style (templates at