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International Workshop on Telehealth, patient empowerment and education through technology


Telehealth and telemedicine refer to the use of telecommunications and virtual technology to deliver health care. In the present, technological development transformed healthcare. Systems evolution including data analytics, artificial intelligence, the Internet of things, increased connecting and use of health-related mobile allowed this transformation. Recently, telemedicine developed due to the increasing availability of systems and access but also growing demand of solutions during COVID-19 pandemic. Recent trends change health care monitoring and recovery from the healthcare institutions to a patient-centered care delivered at home.
Additionally, patient empowerment is a focal point in healthcare evolution, to allow patients to manage their health and adapt to chronic diseases. Technological advancements play a central role in the promotion of patient empowerment by providing access and remote support that might contribute to overcome challenges of geographic location and promote equal access to healthcare.
The aim of this session is to share different perspectives, experiences and research around technology applied to health with particular emphasis on patient empowerment through its use. Data management, safety and interoperability, artificial intelligence algorithms and biomedical sensors are important topics to discuss, integrating not only the systems creating and usability but also highlighting the final goal and consequent health improvement. Additionally, the use of technology to support healthcare professionals continuous learning and professional development is also an important topic to be discussed.
This session aims to be useful beyond its duration, so the results of presentations and a summary of the discussion will be compiled and publish after the workshop to allow further spreading.

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Authors are solicited to submit original, previously unpublished papers in the following, but not limited to, topic areas:

  • Patient empowerment through technology
  • Health care information systems interoperability, security and efficiency;
  • Ambient intelligence for wellbeing and e-health applications, supported by RFID technology and Wireless Sensor Networks;
  • Mobile applications and ubiquitous devices in Healthcare and lifestyle training;
  • Robotic systems and devices for health care and medicine;
  • Technologies to promote a healthy and secure society;
  • Big Data Analytics for e-health;
  • Innovation in people supporting activities (e.g. health care, schooling and services);
  • Embedded systems for healthcare;
  • IT Acceptance Models Acceptance of e-health services;
  • Physiological Computing in Mobile Devices;
  • Telemedicine;
  • Physiological Computing in Mobile Devices;
  • Augmented Reality in Healthcare using Wearable devices;
  • Mobile application concepts and technologies for different mobile platforms.


All registered papers will be submitted for publishing by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library.

Proceedings will be submitted for inclusion in leading indexing services, such as Web of Science, EI Engineering Index (Compendex and Inspec databases), DBLP, EU Digital Library, Google Scholar, IO-Port, MathSciNet, Scopus, Zentralblatt MATH.

Authors of selected best accepted and presented papers will be invited to submit an extended version to:

All accepted authors are eligible to submit an extended version in a fast track of:

Additional publication opportunities:

Workshop Chair

Juliana Sá, Universidade da Beira Interior, and Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto

TPC Members

Nuno Cruz Garcia, Instituto de Telecomunicações, Universidade da Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal

Diogo Martins, Serviços Partilhados do Ministério da Saúde, Portugal

María Vanessa Villasana, Universidade da Beira Interior, Porto, Portugal

Workshop Track Deadlines

Full Paper Submission deadline
14 June 2021
Notification deadline
1 July 2021
Camera-ready deadline
1 August 2021
Start of Conference
15 September 2021
End of Conference
17 September 2021