Abstract Information

HELINA 2023 seeks to provide a platform for formal research results, use cases, knowledge, and practices to be shared among peers in the region. The organizers of HELINA 2023 thus welcome original presentations in the following categories:

  1. Full research papers (Presentation of original mature research results, between 5 and 8 pages.)
  2. Work in progress research papers (Presentation of work in progress research, between 3 and 5 pages.
  3. Case studies, and experience papers (Can be submitted as abstracts and should clearly describe the use case of interest. max 3 pages.)

Papers may be submitted in English or French and should not have been submitted to other conferences or journals. Submissions exceeding the maximum page length specified above will be rejected immediately without review. All papers will be subject to a double blind peer-reviewed evaluation and accepted full research papers will be published in a special edition of the Journal of Health Informatics in Africa (http://www.jhia-online.org). Accepted work in progress papers, case studies, and experience papers will be electronically published in the conference proceedings with ISBN number on the HELINA website. For a paper to be published, at least one of the authors must register for the conference and present the accepted paper.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: Extended to 29 May 2023
Paper acceptance notification: 7 August 2023
Papers ready for publication deadline: 4 September 2023

The JHIA online paper submission system must be used. The paper submission template found on the website (https://www.jhia-online.org/index.php/jhia/submissionguide2), provides detailed instructions for authors aligned with the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (https://www.icmje.org/recommendations/). When making a submission, please take note of the following important points:

  • For full research papers, select HELINA 2023Full Research Papers under the SECTION drop-down when making the submission; and
  • For work in progress papers select HELINA 2023Work in Progress under the SECTION drop-down when making the submission.
  • For case studies, and experience papers, select HELINA 2023Case Studies & Experience under the SECTION drop-down when making the submission.

Failure to adhere to the above instructions will result in papers not being reviewed for the HELINA conference.

In case you encounter any difficulties in using the electronic submission system, please contact the HELINA 2023 technical team at editor@jhia-online.org.

The conference organizers also welcome proposals for panel discussions and pre-conference workshops. Such proposals should be sent to the SPC Chair directly (editor@jhia-online.org). Please see below for further details:

  • Panel discussion proposals: The panel session leader should submit a 3-5 page proposal with an overall description of the digital health topic of discussion in conformity with the theme of the conference, followed by a brief outline (up to 4 paragraphs) of each of the panellist’s topic of discussion. A total of 4-5 panellists should be included in the abstract and each panellist should aim to submit a different but complementary perspective of the main topic but avoid duplicative content. All panel session proposals will be subject to a peer-review evaluation. All members of the panel must register for and attend the conference. Panel sessions will typically be 45-60 minutes.
  • Pre-conference workshop proposals: A 3–5-page proposal describing the workshop should be submitted. The typical structure should include a Background/Introduction, Learning Objectives, Audience/Participants, Learning Style/Approach, Learning Outcomes and Materials. A pre-conference workshop should provide participants with an opportunity to extend their knowledge and strengthen their skills in key topics on digital health. It should stimulate discussion and share practical experience from innovative digital health solutions, approaches and policies in the field aimed at building capacity of the participants in an environment that allows for in-depth interaction. All Pre-conference proposals will be subject to a peer-review evaluation. Workshops will typically be half-a-day. A full-day's workshop may be considered in some cases. The proposal should also highlight how the workshop will be facilitated in a virtual environment.