EAI International Workshop on Digital Healthcare Technologies for the Global South 2020


This workshop is designed to bring together researchers, designers, developers and policy makers to exchange and share their experiences and efforts around designing and implementing digital healthcare technologies for the global south.

Delivering healthcare services to sensitive/marginalized populations in the global south faces many challenges. Deficiencies in how the healthcare system operates and barriers patients face to get access to proper treatments pose a threat to the quality of care for these populations. In a situation where the use of digital technologies could potentially alleviate some of these issues, implementations in global south contexts have historically shown that foreign solutions are ineffective due to local constraints. When it comes to the use of digital systems and tools, the global south population still faces access, literacy, cultural and economic barriers preventing digital technologies to have a wider acceptance and market penetration.

Now with the world facing COVID-19, this unprecedented situation poses major challenges for both the health-care system and general population, particularly for those marginalized communities who are confronted with day-to-day barriers. This workshop wants to offer a common ground for academia and industry to share their novel works addressing global south’s healthcare scenarios, with a big opportunity for COVID-related innovations to showcase experiences and thoughts.

When it comes to the adaptation of technical systems for healthcare, there is a need for a deep understanding of the user, the stakeholders and local resources so the risk of failure is lessened. Therefore, we are interested in exchanging knowledge in the design of localized solutions where the user, his context and the local market are part of the design process. Efforts around eHealth, Telemedicine, Human Computer Interaction for Development (HCI4D), Internet of Good Things (IoGT) and even DIY technology culture are welcome to discuss how these solutions have tackled healthcare delivery, community engagement, patients’ recovery and treatments, chronic diseases, prevention and tailored cost-effective solutions.

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We invite researchers, academicians, practitioners, and others to submit original papers describing new research, applications, or case studies.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Human-Computer Interaction for Development (HCI4D)
  • Personal Informatics, , in-home-screening, self-monitoring, self-management
  • User-Centered Design technology solutions supporting health-workers, communities and individuals
  • Healthcare for marginalized/LowSES populations (Low SocioEconomical Status)
  • Home-based telemedicine, eHealth, remote monitoring
  • Electronic Health Records
  • User modelling and personalization
  • Data and Innovation
  • DIY technology for healthcare
  • Internet of Good Things (IoGT)
  • Digital design technology for resilience
  • Data-driven solutions


All registered papers will be submitted for publishing by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library. Workshop Papers will be published in a dedicated section of the MobiHealth Conference Proceedings. MobiHealth proceedings are indexed in leading indexing services, Ei Compendex, ISI Web of Science, Scopus, CrossRef, Google Scholar, DBLP, as well as EAI’s own EU Digital Library (EUDL).

Paper submission

We invite workshop participation through contributions that respond to one or more of the mentioned research topics. Papers should be submitted through EAI ‘Confy+‘ system, and have to comply with the Springer format (see Author’s kit section).

TPC Members:

Juan Jimenez, Icesi University, Colombia
Claudia Garduño García, National University of Mexico
Luis Rodríguez Morales, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana
Monika Chris, Frequentis AG Austria, Romania
Netzahualcóyotl Hernández-Cruz, Ulstere University
An Braeken, VUB
Dr. Ehlem Zigh, Institut National Des Télécommunications et des Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (INTTIC), Algeria
Dadmehr Rahbari, University of Qom, Iran
Nicolas Valencia, Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo, Brasil

Important Dates

Notification deadline: 20 November 2020
Camera-ready and Paper presentation recording deadline: 7 December 2020
Workshop date: 18 December 2020