5th Biennial Conference ・ Luxembourg ・ 15-17 June 2017 Digital Health in Ambulatory Assessment
The growth of eHealth, encompassing all the information and communication technologies for health, is transforming how patients are treated, diseases are tracked, public health is monitored, health care workers are trained, and research is conducted. Digital health converges technologies, such as Internet applications social networks, smartphones and wearable sensors, with health, healthcare, and society, transforming how we communicate and access information. We are now able to define people at the individual level, collect data from individuals in their own environment, and provide tailored interventions. Ultimately these advancements are empowering people to better monitor, manage, and improve their health and quality of life.

The 5th Biennial Conference will offer an opportunity for academics and professionals from a range of backgrounds and disciplines to come together and engage in an exchange of new research results covering the entire spectrum of field methods to assess the ongoing behaviour, physiology, experience and environmental aspects of people in naturalistic or unconstrained settings. We welcome conference contributions concerning ambulatory assessment studies on personality, social psychology, emotion psychology, intensive longitudinal methods etc. Given the special focus of the conference on Digital Health in Ambulatory Assessment, we would particularly like to invite scientific contributions that fit into one or more of the following thematic subtopics:

1. Big Data

Advances in mobile technology have revolutionised how we assess the behaviour, physiology and experiences of people in everyday life, resulting in an increasingly expanding pool of data (i.e. “big data”, intensive longitudinal data). At the same time, new methods are employed to analyse and obtain a deeper understanding of the collected data, and ultimately convert it into actionable information.

Invited submission topics include:

  • Opportunities and challenges of collecting ambulatory data in health care research
  • How to translate insights from ambulatory and big data into practice
  • Big data analytics and statistics
  • Methodological challenges for intensive longitudinal everyday life data
  • Ethical challenges (e.g. data collection, data storage, security, privacy, etc.)
  • Patient and public compliance in mobile data collection
  • Patient and public involvement in research & big data
  • Information governance
  • How to visualise intensive longitudinal everyday life health care data


2. Digital Health in Global Health

Digital innovation is also accelerating the path to quality, affordable and equitable health care services for under-served populations (e.g. low- and middle-income countries, rural and isolated areas, displaced and migrant populations, vulnerable groups, etc.). The success of new health interventions and programmes crucially involves the ambulatory monitoring of physiological functions, behaviour, experiences and the environment of the patients and the public (e.g. families, communities, etc.) in such contexts and the acceptance of technology enabling ambulatory assessment.

Invited submission topics include:

  • Digital tools for ambulatory assessment in such contexts and groups
  • Electronically delivered patient-reported outcomes in such contexts and groups
  • How to extend the lessons learned from ambulatory assessment in such contexts and groups to the rest of the world


3. Ecological eHealth  Interventions

Ecological eHealth interventions are becoming increasingly popular in such health domains as lifestyle interventions, self-management of chronic conditions, and mental health. There is an emerging body of literature on their feasibility and effectiveness in improving various health outcomes and behaviours, but many important questions remain.

Invited submission topics include:

  • Identifying targets of treatment (by improving our understanding of real-world patterns of behaviour)
  • Measuring behavioural change in digital interventions
  • Transforming behavioural change into digital interventions sensitive to time and/or context (also called Ecological eHealth Interventions)
  • The efficacy of Ecological eHealth Interventions
  • Promoting patient self-management and engagement through ambulatory assessment intervention methodology, gamification, incentives, etc.
  • "Serious games" (i.e. games designed for professional purposes such as health and behaviour interventions, emergencies and healthcare training, etc.) and digital learning environments in ambulatory settings