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geert lovink on 31 Jan 2001 01:00:28 -0000

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(sorry, alweer een aankondiging in het engels, geert)

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Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 16:03:45 +0100
From: "Marc Berg" <m.berg {AT} bmg.eur.nl>
Subject: Rotterdam Conference on IT in Health Care: Sociotechnical

Please forward

IT in Health Care: Sociotechnical Approaches
International Conference, Rotterdam, September 6-7, 2001

Department of Health Policy and Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Call for Papers

In recent years, the importance of the 'social' has become thoroughly
accepted within health care informatics.  Whether labeled as 'social
aspects', the 'organizational context' or 'human factors', it has
become clear that a thorough understanding of these issues is crucial
to information systems development.  Within the field of health care
informatics, scholars have started to develop and draw upon what we
will call here 'sociotechnical' approaches: approaches that consider
'social' and 'technical' aspects as inextricably intertwined, and as
equally important in information systems design, implementation and
evaluation.  These approaches sometimes borrow from developments in
science and technology studies, where the importance of studying the
interrelation of 'social' and 'technical' elements has been a core
tenet for quite some time.  For these investigators, health care
informatics is a fascinating field to explore because of the coming
together of issues of professional work, patients' experiences and
embodiment, and the development and employment of formal technologies.

In this conference, we would like to further the depth and scope
of sociotechnical approaches to health care IT by bringing together
investigators from different fields: health care informatics,
information systems research, sociology, science and technology
studies, and so forth.  The conference is aimed to be modest in
size, to allow in-depth discussions and continuity between sessions.
In addition to several plenary speakers selected from the different
fields, both established scholars and junior researchers are invited
to submit papers.  Papers may deal with design practices, or with
implementation or evaluation issues; they may consist of descriptive
analyses of IT developments in health care, discuss the implications
for practice in the field, or outline new ways of developing
information systems.  Both empirical and more theoretical discussions
are welcome (the ideal paper should contain both).  At this moment,
confirmed plenary speakers are: Claudio Ciborra (London School of
Economics), Ole Hanseth (University of Oslo), Eric Monteiro (Norwegian
University of Science and Technology), Rob Proctor (University of
Edinburgh), Joan Ash (Oregon Health Sciences University) and Marc Berg
(Erasmus University).  Within a few weeks, the definite program will
be listed on the conference web-site.

If you want to contribute to this conference, you should submit a
title for your contribution and a one-page abstract BEFORE April 20th.
A selection of the accepted papers will be included in a special issue
of Methods of Information in Medicine.  For this purpose, those whose
abstracts have been accepted should submit a full paper by September
1st.  If you want to participate without presenting a paper, please
also register as soon as possible, since the number of participants is

The conference fee is 215 Euro.  For PhD students, we have a reduced
rate of 110 Euro.  These rates include lunch and drinks but do not
include lodging.  Since the week of 6-7 September is a popular one in
Rotterdam (it is the week of the World Harbour Days, to mention one
event), hotels do fill up quickly, so book a room as soon as possible!
See the conference web site http://www.bmg.eur.nl/smw/ithc for a list
of hotels.  You can register by sending us an e-mail with your name,
affiliation and address; registration is definite upon reception of
the conference fee.  Please pay the appropriate rate to bank account
nr. 46 15 87 084, ABN AMRO bank in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in the
name of EUR/iBMG, mentioning 'ithc'.  The swiftcode for the bank is

Please send all queries, applications and submissions ELECTRONICALLY
to: ithc {AT} bmg.eur.nl.

Conference web-site: http://www.bmg.eur.nl/smw/ithc/

Conference Chairs:
- Dr. M. Berg, Institute Health Policy and Management, Erasmus
University, Rotterdam
- Prof. Dr. J. van der Lei, Medical Informatics, Erasmus University,

This conference is supported by:
- European Federation of Medical Informatics (EFMI)
- Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES)

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