The International Health Data Workshop
(HEDA 2021)

Tallinn, Estonia

June 21st, 2021

In conjunction with
10th International Conference on Model and Data Engineering (MEDI 2021)



Health data covers a brought range of data influencing people's health monitoring, analysing, and predicting. In general, it includes all such data such as environmental data, individual data gathered, for example, via fitness trackers and especially clinical data.
The routine clinical data are considered precious, and their secondary use is considered beneficial for policymakers, public health officers, scientists, clinicians, citizens and industry. Different initiatives, including European Health Data Network and Clinical Trial Data initiative, initiated by the European Commission and the EFPIA (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations), are searching for better solutions for utilising citizens' health data. However, due to the semantic heterogeneity of health data, we still do not have a unified approach and use divide-and-conquer approaches instead. To facilitate big-data analytics one is dependent of optimised data sharing and data reuse, but it is still lacking despite different interoperability standards in the medical domain.
HEDA 2021 aims to bring together academics, practitioners and other interested attendees for presentations, and discussions in the domain of health data modelling, interoperability, and analytics. The aim is to create a broader community to explore the potential for open secondary use and analytics of citizens' health data and develop and evaluate the solutions to make it happen. We emphasise here the central role of citizens, as data holders, whose privacy, active consent and control must be ensured when processing the health data in a global context.
HEDA 2021 invites paper submission, including position and work-in-progress papers, about unpublished research covering all aspects of health data modelling, interoperability and analytics.

Topics of Interest

Relevant topics for the workshop (but not limited to) are the following:


Local Organizer:
Program Committee Members*:

Guidelines and Dates

Guidelines for Submission:

All contributions should be original and not published elsewhere or intended to be published during the review period. Authors are invited to submit their papers electronically in pdf format, through EasyChair. Authors are invited to submit original previously unpublished research papers written in English and must be between 10 to 14 pages for long papers and 6 to 8 pages for short papers, strictly following the CCIS format guidelines. Authors can download the Latex (recommended) or Word templates available at Springer's web site.
Workshop papers will be published by Springer in "Communications in Computer and Information Science" (CCIS). Best papers from all accepted workshops will be selected for a special issue.

The link for submissions:

Important Dates:

* The workshop will go virtual with hope to organize it physically in Tallinn. The workshop will start at 9:00 CEST (10:00 EEST) on the 21st of June, 2021.


Registration at MEDI:

For registration please visit MEDI website at

The Programme

Monday, June 21st, 2021
9:45 (CEST) Opening Prof Martin Leucker, University of Lübeck, HEDA 2021 chair
10.00 - 11:30 Invited speakers (chaired by Martin Leucker) Video recording of the session
1Prof Björn Bergh, “HighMed - a data integration solution
2 Magnus Alvestad, “Systems medicine for neurodegenerative diseases
3 Prof Peeter Ross, “Estonian e-Health: the past, the present and the future
11:45 - 13:15 Medical Data and Images (chaired by Peeter Ross) Video recording of the session
1 Ann-Kristin Kock-Schoppenhauer, Björn Schreiweis, Hannes Ulrich, Niklas Reimer, Joshua Wiedekopf, Benjamin Kinast, Hauke Busch, Björn Bergh and Josef Ingenerf, “Medical Data Engineering – Theory and Practice
2 Marten Kask, Gunnar Piho and Peeter Ross, “Systematic Literature Review of Methods for Maintaining Data Integrity
3 Gina Belmonte, Giovanna Broccia, Laura Bussi, Vincenzo Ciancia, Diego Latella and Mieke Massink, “Querying Medical Imaging Datasets using Spatial Logics (position paper)
14:00 - 15:30 Languages and Models (chaired by Gunnar Piho) Video recording of the session
1 Kristian Kankainen, “Usages of the ContSys standard: a position paper
2 Muhammad Rizwan Ali and Violet Ka I Pun, “Towards a Resource-Aware Formal Modelling Language for Workflow Planning
3 Maurizio Atzori, Ugo De'Liguoro, Ivan Lanese, Emilio Tuosto and Andrea Vandin, “Tackling healthcare workflows with behavioural models and natural language processing
15:45 - 17:15 Tools and Software (chaired by Yngve Lamo) Video recording of the session
1 Toomas Klementi, “Decentralized Electronic Health Record
2 Olga Vovk, Gunnar Piho and Peeter Ross, “Evaluation of Anonymization Tools for Health Data
17:15Closing Prof Yngve Lamo, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, HEDA 2021 co-chair
17:30 online getting together (and wine 🙂), Dr. Gunnar Piho, local organizer


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