2015 Call for Abstracts/Papers – Poster Session at Connected Health Symposium, Boston

See also: Joint JMIR / Partners Healthcare Press Release

Full call for abstracts/papers

The Connected Health Symposium (http://symposium.connected-health.org/) is a change-agent conference that promotes innovative thinking and the application of personal consumer health technologies to support new models of care delivery. This year's theme, “The Internet of Healthy Things: Integrating Connected Health into Real World Care Delivery,"  focuses on trends at the intersection of technology and new models of health care delivery. The Symposium, presented by Partners HealthCare, convenes thought leaders in an effort to grow the rapidly-expanding connected health marketplace. The audience is a high-profile gathering of innovators, researchers, industry representatives, and policymakers who gather for knowledge-sharing across the connected health landscape. Over 100 speakers and more than 1,000 attendees come together to define the future of care delivery and impact the day-to-day lives of patients.

New for 2015 is a poster session at the Connected Health Symposium. Poster presentations offer an opportunity to share your work with an international audience interested in Connected Health. Posters will be on display throughout the Symposium with special designated times for poster viewing on, where the first authors should be at their posters to answer questions. Poster dimensions and other specifications will be communicated on the website closer to the event.

About 50 posters will be selected, from abstract (short paper) submissions through the iProceedings website at JMIR Publications (http://iproc.org)Poster presenters will enjoy free registration (no registration fees) at the symposium and are highly encouraged to submit a full paper to a JMIR journal, where they are eligible to publish at a reduced rate. The flagship journal, Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR, http://www.jmir.org), has an impact factor of 4.7 and is the #1 ranked medical informatics journal and is ranked #2 in health sciences and services research. There are also 10 sister journals, e.g. JMIR Medical Informatics, JMIR mHealth or JMIR Res Protoc. Note that acceptance as a poster presentation at the Connected Health Symposium does not guarantee acceptance for publication in JMIR or its sister journals, as a more vigorous review process will take place prior to acceptance of the paper, however, due to the competitive pre-selection the chances of acceptance are high.

The theme for the 2015 Connected Health Symposium is, “The Internet of Healthy Things: Integrating Connected Health into Real World Care Delivery.” Topics for poster presentations should be relevant to the Symposium theme or one of the topics listed below:

  • Adoption and engagement with connected health technology
  • Persuasive communication, behavior change strategies and methods
  • Use of connected health in chronic and acute medical conditions, medication adherence
  • Usability and design of connected health technology
  • Algorithm and data analytic methods to identify populations at risk, target intervention strategies, and personalize interventions to maximize effectiveness
  • Health economics, business development, and return on investment for connected health technologies
  • Evaluation studies that examine process measures and/or clinical effectiveness
  • Health literacy and education, health communication, consumer empowerment, and patient-physician relationship
  • Social media; social networking application for patients, caregivers, and providers
  • New models of technology-enabled care delivery
  • Innovative sensor and tracking technology


Submission Instructions

1. Abstract (+Short Paper) Submission

Extended Submission Deadline: May 29th 2015 (midnight EST) at http://iproc.org/author .

To be considered for a poster presentation at the Symposium, please paste a structured short abstract of 500 words or less (including the headings Introduction, Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusions) into the submission form and upload an extended abstract (5-page paper) prepared with the Word template at http://tinyurl.com/xabstract. In the results section include relevant statistics, if applicable, such as sample sizes, response rates, P values or confidence intervals, or the status of the study and expected completion date if incomplete. References are not to be included in the abstract, but only in the extended abstract paper. Please add PMIDs (PubMed IDs) after each reference, e.g. PMID:123456.


All authors/coauthors should register for an ORCID before submission (http://orcid.org/register). Submit your abstract at http://iproc.org/author. You will also be asked to provide the names and contact information for 3 potential reviewers, who should not be collaborators, colleagues or friends.

2. Full Paper Publication Options for Accepted Symposium Poster Presentations

For accepted posters, high quality full-length research papers should be submitted to the Pubmed/Medline-indexed JMIR (http://www.jmir.org/author), the leading eHealth/mHealth journal with an 2013 Impact Factor 4.7, or other JMIR sister journals, for example the PubMed-indexed journal JMIR Medical Informatics (http://medinform.jmir.org/author). Work-in-progress or proposals/protocols can be submitted to the PubMed-indexed journal JMIR Research Protocols (http://researchprotocols,org/author). All papers will be bundled in a special CCH e-collection (theme issue).

As open access journals, some JMIR journals have Article Processing Fees, while others don’t (see http://www.jmir.org/about/editorialPolicies#custom8 for details). Connected Health Symposium poster presenters are eligible for a 20% Article Processing Fee discount on articles accepted for JMIR, worth $380, if submitted between 1 month before and 2 months after the Symposium, and if the title/abstract of the paper matches the Symposium poster presentation. To be eligible for this discount, authors must select the Connected Health Symposium "section" in the drop down list on the JMIR submission page (login with your JMIR account password, or create a new account with an "author" role). Sorry, no discounts/refunds for already submitted/published papers, or if submitted after the deadline.

Full-length research papers submitted to JMIR will undergo a peer-review. Papers may be accepted for publication in JMIR or one of the sister journals, including JMIR Res Protoc, JMIR mHealth and uHealth, Interactive Journal of Medical Research, JMIR Medical Informatics, JMIR Mental Health, JMIR Serious Games, iProceedings, JMIR Rehabilitative and Assistive Technologies*, JMIR Medical Education*, JMIR Public Health*, and JMIR Human Factors* (* these latter journals have no publication fees). If declined for JMIR or one of the sister-journals listed above, there will be no Article Processing Fee charge to authors.

Submit only to one journal, JMIR -- we can transfer the paper and the peer-review reports between JMIR and JMIR sister journals. All papers are open access and the author retains copyright.