Call for Abstracts

(Last update: 7-Aug-2012 [ge])

2012 Call for Abstracts, Presentations, Interactive Demos, Tabletop (Tradeshow) Presentation, Startup Pitches and Panel Proposals

The deadline for submission of speaker proposals/abstracts was March 14th, 2012 (340 Abstracts received - thank you!)
The submission form for 2013 is now open

Medicine 2.0 '12, aka the 5th World Congress on Social Media, Mobile Apps, and Internet/Web2.0 in Health and Medicine, this year hosted in Boston at Harvard Medical School, will once again be very international and contain a unique mix of traditional academic/research, practice and business presentations, keynote presentations, and panel discussions to discuss emerging technologies in health and medicine, with an emphasis on Internet-based, social media, and mobile technologies.

We strive for an interdisciplinary mix of presenters from different countries and disciplines (e.g. health care, social sciences, computer science, engineering, or business) and with a different angle (research, practice, and business).

To keep the conference accessible, we have reduced the price of the conference by about 50% compared to last years' conference in Stanford!

Pre-program registration is now open - register early and take advantage of discounted rates! Rates will go up after the tentative program is posted.

Why attend?

While Medicine 2.0 (which we read as “next generation medicine”) has inspired and spun off regional, mostly non-academic meetings, the well-known Medicine 2.0 congress remains the annual main event, and is the top-rated conference in the field, with international participation and a peer-reviewed research stream, a practice stream, and a business stream.
Medicine 2.0 rotates each year to a new host ensuring that you don’t hear the same speakers and ideas over and over again. Past conferences have been in Canada, Europe, and at the West Coast – the 2012 conference will be the last conference in the US for some time.

The Medicine 2.0 network has over 3.000 members – join the network today and be part of the conversation!

Disseminate your research – through web-streaming, video publishing and high impact journals. Research presented at the conference makes it into top-ranked journals. The official journal of Medicine 2.0 is JMIR, which has an impact factor of 4.7 and is ranked #1 in medical informatics and #2 in health sciences and services research.

Medicine 2.0 Topics

  • Blogs and Twitter in Health

  • Building virtual communities and social networking applications for health professionals

  • Building virtual communities and social networking applications for patients and consumers

  • Business models in a Web 2.0 environment

  • Science 2.0, collaborative biomedical research, academic / scholarly communication, publishing and peer review

  • Consumer empowerment, patient-physician relationship, and sociotechnical issues

  • Ethical & legal issues, confidentiality and privacy

  • Health information on the web: Supply and Demand

  • Innovative RSS/XML applications and Mashups

  • Personal health records and Patient portals

  • Public (e-)health, population health technologies, surveillance

  • Digital Disease Detection and Biosurveillance using Twitter and other social media/mhealth/Internet sources

  • The Quantified Self: tracking behavior and health

  • Search, Collaborative Filtering and Recommender Technologies

  • Semantic Web ("Web 3.0") applications

  • The nature and dynamics of social networks in health

  • Usability and human factors on the web

  • Virtual (3D) environments, Second Life

  • Web 2.0 approaches for behaviour change and public health

  • Web 2.0 approaches for clinical practice, clinical research, quality monitoring

  • Web2.0-based medical education and learning

  • Wikis

  • Business modelling in eHealth

  • Communities in health care

  • Digital Learning

  • e-Coaching

  • Health disparities

  • Human-Computer Interface (HCI) Design

  • Online decision technology

  • Participatory health care

  • Persuasive communication and technology

  • mHealth Applications

  • Ubiquitous, pervasive ehealth; domotics; Internet of things

  • New and emerging Technologies

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Table of Contents

Preview of the submission form

Click here to submit you abstract (you have to login first or create an account on this site)

Important Changes for Medicine 2.0 in Boston [Top]


New Presentation Formats


In addition to our standard oral presentation, poster presentation and panel discussion formats, we will have three new formats: Tabletop presentations (expo), startup pitches, and 5 min rapid fire presentations.

Thus, will be six ways to present your work at Medicine 2.0 '12 Boston:

  1. Poster Presentation
    Poster presentations offer an opportunity to share your work with an international audience interested in Medicine 2.0. If selected, you will present your work in printed form for display on poster boards (Poster Format max. 4'' x 4'', or 122cm x 122cm. Note that this is smaller format than at previous Medicine 2.0 conferences as we have much more posters than previously). Presentations will take place throughout the Congress with special designated times for poster viewing (lunch breaks). First authors should plan to be next to their posters to answer questions during these times. Work-in-progress, survey data, or etc. is often better presented as poster, rather than as oral presentation.

  2. Oral Presentation
    Oral presentations offer an opportunity to provide a powerpoint slide presentation of your work to a large breakout audience. Presentations are 15 minutes in length, with a five minute question and answer period. Oral presentations are organized into theme sessions, and each session will have a designated moderator. As space is limited, oral presentations will have the highest acceptance threshold. We recommend to select the option "Oral or poster presentation" when you submit your abstract if you are ok with presenting your work as poster as well. As the number of oral speaking slots is limited, we allow only one oral presentation per participant. If you are working on multiple projects, we recommend to pick the best for an oral presentation, and present your other projects as poster. Alternatively, if you have coauthors/students, let them submit/present the work.

  3. Panel Discussion
    Panel discussions provide an opportunity to present a wide range of expert opinions about various topics related to Medicine 2.0. Proposals for panel discussions should include experts from a diverse range of institutions, and should be moderated by a designated first author. Panel discussions are the preferred method for presenting non-research related topics. Panel presenters should come from different institutions or present different projects.

  4. Gadget Exhibition & Demos: Tabletop Rental
    New to Medicine 2.0 in Boston is a mini-tradeshow (gadget-show) with about 20 tables, where presenters can demo or showcase commercial or non-commercial web-based or mobile products and solutions during the breaks and poster sessions (additional costs of $1000 apply). Presenters provide their own laptop; additional materials like screens and posterboards can be rented. Internet connectivity will be provided through wi-fi. We will also give you the opportunity to showcase your solution on a big screen and microphone during the breaks.

  5. Rapid Fire Presentations A short 5 minute presentation or pitch about ongoing research, research ideas, services and products (commercial or non-commercial), or practical issues. Also suitable to show simple data from a survey (instead of a poster presentation), preliminary research results, projects which have just started, late-breaking research results etc.

  6. Pitch for Medicine 2.0 Start-up Academy: From idea to company
    Ever seen Dragons' Den or Shark Tank on TV? We'll have something similar in Boston. These sessions are intended for individuals who would like to take their idea or product to the next level, but need help in refining their idea, business plans and obtaining funding. Most academics have ideas, not start-ups, so they might benefit more from viewing a scrutiny process, but you want to be more than a spectator, you can also apply to do a pitch. You will have the opportunity to present your product or idea in a 10-minute pitch to a panel involving VCs, seasoned entrepreneurs, non-dilutive funding experts, and industry representatives. The panel will be moderated by Talya Miron-Shatz, PhD., who is both an academic researcher and CEO of CureMyWay. And yes, the feedback will be friendly - our sharks/dragons are friendly and don't bite!


Peer Review Process


We believe peer-review is vital to maintaining the highest academic standards for the Medicine 2.0 '12 Congress in Boston at Harvard. As in previous years, we are partnering with IMIA (the International Association for Medical Informatics) Social Media Working Group (SMWG) to provide feedback on all submissions to Medicine 2.0 '12 in Boston at Harvard.

Publication Options for Conference Presentations


Medicine 2.0 '12 in Boston at Harvard will have several exciting options for publication of the work presented at the Congress.

  • Abstracts Proceedings: All presentations are published online and in an electronic Proceedings volume

  • High quality full papers should be submitted to the Pubmed/Medline-indexed Journal of Medical Internet Research (the leading ehealth/mhealth journal with an 2010 Impact Factor 4.7). Medicine 2.0 presenters (full registration only, NOT discounted or student registrations) are eligible for a 20% Article Processing Fee discount, worth $380, if they submit their paper between 1 month before the conference and 2 months after the conference (for Boston 2012: August 14th - Nov 15th, 2012), and if the title/abstract of their paper matches their Boston presentation (provide link to the abstract in your cover letter). To be eligible for this discount, authors MUST select the Medicine 2.0'12 "section" in the drop down list at 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 Nov 15th deadline. There will be cross links between the abstract on the Medicine 2.0 site and the full paper publication, and we will publish the audio/video of the presentation, if available. Medicine 2.0 papers will undergo peer-review. If declined for JMIR the papers and the peer-review reports will automatically be transferred to the Medicine 2.0 journal (see below). JMIR charges a $90 submission fee and a $1520 (discounted) Article Processing Fee (APF) in case of acceptance for non-member institutions.

  • Medicine 2.0 presenters can submit a short (5-10 pages) full paper and have their work published in the new Pubmed-indexed Medicine 2.0 journal publication, if they wish. There is no submission fee, but submission is only open to authors and works presented at the Medicine 2.0 congress (and collaborating events/projects). There will be "light" peer-review. In case of acceptance, an Article Processing Fee (APF) of $325 will be charged to cover typesetting costs and XML markup required for deposit in Pubmed Central. In addition, if authors opt to have their manuscript copyedited by a professional copyeditor, an additional charge of $450 will be charged (up to 20 manuscript pages). Full papers can be submitted at any time, but preferably no later than 6 months after the conference. A video/audio of the presentation at Medicine 2.0 will automatically be added/linked to, if available. Submit here to the Medicine 2.0 journal (use your JMIR account to login)

  • NEW: For ongoing or methodological work, a research protocol, or preliminary (formative) work (like website design, usability testing, needs assessment etc. with future or ongoing evaluation) we recommend to submit a paper to the new journal JMIR Research Protocols. Authors publishing their protocols, grant proposals, formative evaluation work in JMIR Res Protoc will receive a 20% discount on the Article Processing Fee if they subsequently publish their final results in JMIR. JMIR Res Protoc adheres to the same quality standards as JMIR and will also be marked up for deposit in PubMed Central and Pubmed indexation. Submission fee $90; APF $1900 of externally reviewed papers, or APF $950 for protocols/grant proposals which are already reviewed e.g. by a granting agency (peer-review reports must be uploaded at the time of submission)

Please do not submit the same paper to all three journals (we can transfer the paper and the peer-revew reports between journals). All papers are open access and the author retains copyright. All papers will include the video of the presentation. We can also prepare and publish a transscript of your talk together with the video. (Note that Medline does not index video-only material and requires at least 5 pages of text.).

New Awards


  • iMedical Apps Medicine 2.0 Award: A new award for the best mHealth research - please check the respective checkbox to be considered
  • Poster Award: IMIA will once again sponsor an award for the best poster
  • JMIR Medicine 2.0 Award: The best presentation overall will receive a full Article Processing Fee waiver and an invitation to publish a full paper in JMIR free of charge. JMIR is the leading ehealth journal with a 2010 Impact Factor of 4.7. The paper must be unpublished and cannot be under consideration elsewhere at the time of the conference (to nominate your abstract, indicating that it is unpublished work, check the respective checkbox in the submission form)

    Click here to learn more about additional 2012 awards.

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    Research In Progress


    We recognize the field of Medicine 2.0 is constantly changing and evolving.

    Therefore, Medicine 2.0 in Boston at Harvard will consider abstracts and proposals presenting research in progress. Authors can describe the proposed work and project and plan to present the actual research results at the conference. These abstracts can be submitted in the Research track only. Please write "Research in Progress" in the results and conclusions section of your abstract in order for it to be considered as research in progress. Please submit these as poster presentation or as 5-minute rapid fire presentation.
    NEW (note added 5/Mar/2012): All authors of accepted abstracts can edit their abstracts until July 15th. The program committee will consider appeals to upgrade a poster/5-minute rapid fire presentation to a full oral presentation if authors add significant results by that deadline to their abstract (space permitting).

    General Submission Instructions [Top]

    General Guidelines


    Please note that all abstracts and panel proposals must be submitted on this site only. Unless you have an account from previous years, you need to create an account for this site first. Submissions by email will not be accepted. The deadline for submission of applications is March 7, 2012.

    Please also review your application carefully prior to submission. You cannot edit or change your abstract once your application is submitted.

    Please note that for submissions in the research track you will be asked to nominate three peer-reviewers (who should not be working with you or have any other conflicts of interests). In order to identify peer-reviewers, go to, search for published articles that are in the broadest sense similar to your abstract/proposal, and make a note of the name and email address of the corresponding author. You will need the email address, which is listed in some (but not all) publications in PubMed (affiliation field). If you have a name/affiliation but not an email address, you may attempt to locate contact information through standard internet search methods.

    Presenters should usually be listed as first author of the abstract (except panels).
    Note that we will only consider one oral presentation per participant. Exceptions can be made for posters (if they are different projects). Do not submit multiple abstracts (unless there is another first author/presenter - asking your coauthors or students to present is ok).

    Policy on simultaneous or previous publications/other conferences. Results presented at the Medicine 2.0 congress should preferably be new results. Content overlaps with prior publications or prior/simultaneous submissions to other conferences is not a problem. However, note that your presentation may be PubMed-indexed, so please be careful to not submit your identical abstract to other conferences which offer PubMed-indexed publications.

    The conference language is English. No simultaneous translation will be provided. All abstracts and proposals must be submitted in English.

    On submission, authors can select one of the following presentation formats:

    • Oral presentation only

    • Oral or poster presentation (let organizers decide)

    • Poster presentation

    • Rapid-Fire Presentation

    • Tabletop Demo (Expo Hall)

    • Panel Proposal

    • Startup Pitch

    Call for Single-Presenter Abstracts (Oral, Poster, Tabletop Presentation)


    Submit abstracts here to propose a single-presenter 15 min talk, poster presentation or Tabletop Presentation (Gadget Expo) presentation.

    All abstracts have a word limit of 500 words, with no references allowed. Abstracts will have to be pasted into an online abstract form and should not contain any special formatting (bold, italics), special characters (eg. Greek characters), tables, or figures. DO NOT USE ALL-CAPS FOR THE TITLE OR ANY PART OF THE ABSTRACT. The Title Should be in "Title Case", Meaning That All Words Except Articles and Prepositions Should Be Capitalized Like in This Sentence.

    Abstracts are invited in 3 tracks. Please submit your contribution in any of these tracks according to the intended primary target audience of a talk:

    1. Research
      Applications submitted in the research track typically have a hypothesis (or research question), present data, and synthesize the results into meaningful conclusions.

    2. Practice
      Applications submitted in the practice track typically reflect academically-focused or practical work developed to address a particular need or purpose, with qualitative results and/or discussion of how the work fits into the larger body of work in Medicine 2.0. You can submit descriptions of useful websites, mobile apps, or services here which have not (yet) been rigorously evaluated.

    3. Business
      Work that reflects a commercial business need or interest should be presented in the business track. Work presented by a commercial interest or applicable to business (e.g. Startup Pitches) should also be presented in the Business track.

    Abstracts in the research track have higher acceptance standards and must be structured into Background, Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Each section should start with the respective heading in the same line (e.g. "Background: The Internet has become..."), with a new section starting on a new line. DO NOT CAPITALIZE THE SECTION HEADINGS (e.g. do not write "BACKGROUND:", but "Background:"). In the results section, make sure to include relevant statistics, if applicable, such as sample sizes, response rates, P-values or Confidence Intervals.


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    Note that the poster format is max. 4'' x 4'', or 122cm x 122cm. Note that this is smaller format than at previous Medicine 2.0 conferences (photo above) as we have much more posters than previously, so two presenters will share one poster board and the poster format is now portrait or square rather than landscape.
    Click Here to Begin the Submission Process

    Tabletop Presentation (Gadget Expo) Session


    Our limited table/expo space will be awarded on a first-come / first-serve basis, so please submit early.

    Tabletop presentations are not only for commercial products, but may also be useful for researchers, funding agencies, or other non-profits to demonstrate applications, and to create a more elaborate setup than a simple poster.

    For Tabletop Presentation (Gadget Expo) sessions, briefly outline the product(s) to be presented. While this is a tradeshow-like presentation, we do publish your abstract, so please refrain from overly bold superlatives and advertising (the best product for ....) -- keep it descriptive. There is a charge of $1000 in addition to the regular registration fee (simply register with the "table" option).

    Tables will either be placed in the expo hall (Rotunda Room) or in the catering/entrance area or both (all plans subject to change).

    You can use it for tabletop posters and displays, or for notebook presentations (we only provide the table and chairs).

    Tabletop presentations at Medicine 2.0 Expo

    Medicine 2.0-1
    Click Here to Begin the Submission Process

    Startup Pitches

    From idea to company: Medicine 2.0 Start-up academy.

    As academics we often have ideas with implementation potential, but how do we make the leapfrog from idea to a company? In this session, 4-5 young science-based start-up companies will preset their ideas and business model. Companies will receive friendly feedback from a panel involving VCs, seasoned entrepreneurs, non-dilutive funding experts, and industry representatives. The panel will be moderated by Talya Miron-Shatz, PhD., who is both an academic researcher and CEO of CureMyWay.

    Click Here to Begin the Submission Process

    Call for Panel Proposals


    Submit panel proposals here. Panels are 45-60 min presentations or debate sessions of a group of leaders in a field discussing a broad issue of general interest from various perspectives. The panel chair/organizer should be listed as first author. The first author should submit one abstract on behalf of all panelists. The abstract should briefly describe the topic and panelists. Panels are the preferred format for non-research presentations. If you have an idea for a panel topic, please approach 3-4 colleagues from other organizations/institutions/companies and make sure that all potential speakers are available (please also ask your fellow panelists to preregister). Then draft a short panel proposal, and submit it.

    Panel titles should preferably have the word "panel" in the title, e.g. "PHR 2.0 Panel", "Accelerating Research with Web 2.0 Panel", "Consumer Empowerment Panel", "Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs Panel", etc.

    Please note that normally we will not be able to cover the registration fee, travel and accommodation for any of the panelists. Panelists will have to come up with their own funding.

    Please note that research abstracts are better suited to be submitted in the research track as "single abstract/paper submission", not as panel contribution. We will not accept panels consisting of coauthors or collaborators of a single research project. Each panelists must come from different organizations. Panel topics should be broad and appeal to a wide audience.

    765 Alex de Winter, Katherine Ku, Talya Miron-Shatz, Bassam Kadry

Submissions for this conference were closed on 2012-09-14.

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