Call for papers


The 5th edition of HEPS conference will focus on the place of healthcare in our societies as well as on the challenges and opportunities that evolutions in societies offer to healthcare organizations. Healthcare systems operate in an increasingly cost-constrained context and are facing many challenges: aging of the population, rise in chronic diseases, technological innovations, increased requirement for safety, redistributions of the supply of healthcare between institutions in order to ensure a continuity of care, evolution of patients' and providers' aspirations and needs. These challenges deeply impact healthcare and health as a whole, but may also provide new opportunities for an improved functioning of healthcare systems.

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The 2016 HEPS Conference wishes contributors (researchers, trainers, practitioners and institutional actors) to address the following topics:

Increased needs for healthcare and economic constraints require new organizational models to be developed, such as healthcare networks involving several care providers (hospital, ambulatory primary care practice, ambulatory specialty care practice, long-term care, home healthcare, rehabilitation facility). These new organizational models affect work activities and work conditions, setting new questions and generating new needs.
Citizens' and patients' participation to decision processes regarding healthcare is now considered as a fundamental right in democratic societies. Patients are more and more informed and willing to play an active role in decisions concerning their health. The issue is then to enable them to become active partners in order to improve the quality and safety of care, the quality of life of patients and the quality of work of providers, particularly in the context of telemedicine development. Reciprocally, healthcare professionals need to adapt their activity and involve patients in decision processes, including those regarding the distribution of healthcare work and the design and organization of education of both patients and providers.
Technological evolutions (advanced technologies, telemedicine, workflow tools...) and management policies deeply transform healthcare activities. While they may provide opportunities to improve the quality and safety of care and to support cooperation, the pace of technological changes and the logics of management policies may also have adverse effects regarding safety and regarding work conditions and responsibility assignment if their design and implementation are not appropriately addressed.
Safety has become a major concern of healthcare systems. This has had several consequences: increased regulations about quality and safety, hiring of healthcare professionals devoted to safety, development of safety training, interest in patients' participation, development of tools and of simulation methods. This has also led to an increased interest in managerial issues: management decisions need to balance economic effectiveness and safety preservation.

Important dates

March 4, 2016: Submission deadline for communications, posters, symposiums and round tables

April 15, 2016: Notification of review outcome

June 15, 2016 June 30, 2016: Deadline for receiving full papers

July 15, 2016 Deadline for early bird registration

October 5-7, 2016: HEPS Conference

Presentation types

Your work can be presented in 5 different forms: