Call for Papers


Health Information Technology (HIT) has the enormous potential to transform healthcare by positively impacting quality, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and engagement. Similarly, new self-monitoring technologies and data science methods open unprecedented opportunities to inform decisions and choices of individuals who must manage their health and chronic diseases at home. As the impact of these technologies continues to increase, HIT researchers and practitioners are increasingly focusing on the design of interactive systems, human factors, and human-computer interaction. Many different research communities contribute to the advance of these technologies; these include human-computer interaction, human factors, biomedical informatics, behavioral medicine, among others. The overarching goal of the Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare (WISH) is to establish lasting and meaningful connections between these communities, and bring together students and researchers from various disciplines who are working on creating, implementing, and evaluating innovative health technologies.

The first workshop in the series, WISH 2010 was co-hosted with CHI 2010. From 2011-2014, WISH was co-hosted with the Annual Symposium of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). In 2016, WISH returned to CHI and we are continuing WISH at CHI 2017 in Denver, Colorado. This year, WISH will be a 1-day symposium on Sunday, May 7th, 2017 that will include invited talks and panels, a peer-reviewed technical program, poster sessions, and a reception. This format will provide participants ample time to network, discuss ideas, and work together to define a WISH-oriented research agenda. You are welcome to attend and participate in WISH without a submission.


For WISH 2017, we are accepting two types of submissions: (1) original research and (2) research highlights.

  1. Original Research submissions discuss previously unpublished work in the space of Interactive Systems for Healthcare. These include, but are not limited to, studies of user engagement with a variety of HIT and design and evaluation of novel HIT systems. Submissions in the Original Research category should follow CHI Extended Abstract Format with the page limit of 6 pages (including references).
  2. Research Highlight submissions allow researchers to share work relevant to WISH areas of investigation, which was already accepted for publication and/or presented at other venues in the period between December 2015 (WISH2015) and May 2017 (NOT including CHI 2017). These submissions should include ONLY the abstract of the original publication and a brief summary explaining this work’s significance for WISH. These submissions should also include a statement that their submission to WISH does not conflict with the policies of the venue where the work was originally published or presented.

All submissions should follow CHI Extended Abstract Format with the page limit of 6 pages (including references).

During the submission process, you will be asked to select in which forms you would be willing to present your accepted submission – either an oral presentation and/or a poster presentation. The poster session will take place during the late afternoon/early evening reception. For accepted submissions, the program committee will consider and decide upon one of the presentation formats based on the number of submissions received that would consider that format, the quality of the work to be presented, which contribute to the overall diversity of the technical program.

Accepted submissions will be published on the WISH 2017 website. Authors retain all copyright. We encourage submissions discussing novel design approaches, experimental results, qualitative studies, policy and theoretical contributions, and any other health and interactive systems related content. The goal of the workshop is to foster discussion, encourage broad ideas, and bring together a wide interdisciplinary audience.

All submissions will be regarded as the final publication-ready version of your submission. Therefore, the abstract and paper submission must be clearly written, carefully proofread and correctly formatted.

Important Dates

*Due to several requests about extending the deadline, we have decided to allow for a second round of paper submissions to WISH (for the Original Research and Research Highlights tracks).

First Round Submission Timeline:

  • Submissions Due – Friday, March 3rd, 2017, anywhere on earth.
  • Submission Notifications – Friday, March 17th, 2017

Second Round Submission Timeline:

  • Submissions Due – Friday, March 31st, 2017, anywhere on earth.
  • Submission Notifications – TBD

How to Submit

Please use the following form to make a submission:


If you have any questions or a need for further information, please send an email to