The increasing adoption of health information systems provides great potential benefits but also poses severe risks, both with respect to security and privacy and in regard to patient safety. Regulators, manufacturers and clinical users have pointed out the need to research sound and science-based engineering methods that facilitate the development and certification of quality ICT systems in health care. Such methods may draw from or combine techniques from various disciplines, including but not limited to software engineering, electronic engineering, computing science, information science, mathematics, and industrial engineering.
The purpose of the FHIES symposium series is to promote a nascent research area that aims to develop and apply theories and mathematically-based methods from a variety of disciplines, including software engineering, computer engineering, computing science, information science, mathematics, and industrial engineering for the purpose of modeling, building and certifying software-intensive ICT systems in healthcare. Moreover, since humans often play a pivotal rule in the process of using such systems, theories from the human factors engineering community may have to be integrated with formal methods from the technology-oriented domains in order to create effective engineering methodologies for socio-technical systems in the healthcare domain.
FHIES 12 seeks to build on and further extend the momentum and success of the inaugural FHIES symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa. Its objective is to bring together researchers from both the solution domain (methods communities) and the problem domain (health care and health informatics). Moreover, it seeks to be a forum for discussing scientific and engineering research on ICT-based health service deliver in developing countries as well as developed nations.