The IT Forum welcomes presenters from industry and academic institutions.

The joint conference of the International Conference on Health IT Advancement (ICHITA), and Western Michigan IT Forum is hosted by the Department of Business Information Systems at the Haworth College of Business. This scholarly conference brings together business leaders, academics, administrators and students from across the globe to exchange ideas and discuss challenges and opportunities—including the latest business, technology and healthcare trends. You are invited to submit papers for in-person or virtual presentation at the joint conference, which focuses on recent advances in health IT and financial technology (fintech), both of which will substantially impact businesses and society.

We invited full papers and extended abstracts for research in progress across all functional areas of  blockchain, fintech and AI related to healthcare and finance (details are provided below). Selected papers will be invited for publication in a special issue of the American Journal of Business in 2023. 

2022 accepted papers

The following papers will be presented during the Hyflex research sessions on Friday, November 4, at 10:10 – 11:30 a.m.

Ethical AI Requirements: Demonstrated in an AI Solution Use Case in the Healthcare Domain

  • Zohreh Pourzolfaghar, School of Business-National University of Ireland Maynooth
  • Markus Helfert, Innovation Value Institute-National University of Ireland Maynooth

Investigating the Roles of Electronic Health Records and Social Determinants of Health on Artificial Intelligence-Augmented Care

  • Tatianna Marin, University of Portland, Oregon
  • Mike Tae-in Eom, University of Portland, Oregon

The Use of Virtual Reality for the Instruction of Network and Security Implementation

  • Huei Lee, Eastern Michigan University

Health Systems Analytics: A Literature Review and Research Framework

  • Mehdi Deiranlou, University of Bojnord, Iran
  • Hamidreza Koosha, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran

Authentic Non Fungible Tokens 

  • João Sousa, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa,Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, Portugal and Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Gonçalo Marques, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Medical Image Encryption using the Novel Chaotic Map and DNA Operation

  • Shelza Dua, National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra
  • Atul Kumar, National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, India

A Model for Acceptance of Smart Mobile-based Healthcare Technologies

  • Sepehr Namirad, Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Iran
  • Mehdi Deiranlou, University of Bojnord, Iran
  • Seyed Mojtaba Sajadi, Coventry University and University of Tehran

A Fruitfly Optimization Algorithm for a Multi-objective Portfolio Selection Model

  • Ali Feiz, Investment Courses

Multimodal Data Collection Methods of Consumer Neuromarketing

  • Maria Ghulam, Trine University, Indiana
  • Urvish Trivedi, University of South Florida
  • Zachary Frey, University of South Florida

OneBlink: Computer Vision Assisted Eye Blink Tracking Application to Avoid Ocular Discomfort

  • Varaha Maithreya, University of South Florida
  • Urvish Trivedi, University of South Florida

Physician Office EHR and Value Based Purchasing

  • Raymond Higbea, Grand Valley State University, Michigan
  • Marie VanderKooi, Grand Valley State University, Michigan
  • Guenter Tusch, Grand Valley State University, Michigan
  • Larry Warkoczeski, Grand Valley State University, Michigan

Factors Influencing Blockchain Adoption in the Healthcare Industry in India: An Empirical Investigation

  • Gaurav Kabra, OP Jindal Global University, India
  • Markus Helfert, IVI-National University of Ireland Maynooth

Fee-for-Service Versus Diagnosis-Related-Groups: The Impact of Payment Scheme on Public Healthcare System Performance

  • Pengwei Zhang, Xi'an University of Technology, China
  • Ying Zhou, Sichuan Agricultural University, China

Direct Oral Anticoagulant Use in Hospitalized Pediatric Patients: Insights from Real-World Data

  • Brandon Buxton, B.B.A.'19, Bronson Healthcare Group, University of Texas Health Science Center, Texas
  • Carla Schwalm, M.D., Bronson Healthcare Group, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Suggested topics

  • Healthcare analytics and big data
  • Pandemic planning and management
  • Smart health and well-being technology
  • Augmented reality in healthcare
  • Community EMR interoperability
  •  Health information exchange and interoperability
  • Artificial intelligence in healthcare
  • Telehealth and telemedicine solutions
  • Privacy and security issues in healthcare
  • Wearable devices: design, adoption and outcomes
  • Big data, blockchain and fintech
  • Regulatory challenges in fintech
  • Value creation in the blockchain economy
  • Internet of things
  • The business value of blockchain
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Prediction markets
  • Digital payment solutions
  • Crowdfunding and crowdsourcing
  • High-frequency algorithmic trading

  The conference program will include:

  • Academic papers, industry experience papers/case studies and posters.
  • Industry speakers and presentations.
  • Technology demonstrations and workshops.
  • Best paper awards and student competitions.

Submissions types

The Joint ICHITA-IT Forum welcomes presenters from industry and academic institutions. Authors are invited to submit original contributions (written in English).

  • Academic*: Academic research papers (applied/theoretical).
  • Industry: Industry experience and position papers.
  • Students: Graduate and undergraduate students with the approval of their advisors are invited to submit their research as full papers or abstract.

* There will be fast-track publication of selected articles in the American Journal of Business. All other accepted articles and position papers will be published online in conference proceedings. There is also a provision for online presentation of selected articles if the authors of selected articles are unable to attend in person.


Deadlines extended through August 31.

  • Full paper submission (7,000 words maximum): August 31
  • Extended abstracts for research in progress (1,000 words maximum): August 31
  • Position paper (2,000 words maximum):  August 31

Please note

Account creation required for paper submissions.

Only original papers not published or not submitted for publication elsewhere will be considered. Submissions can be an abstract, full-length paper or a case study. Full paper submissions will undergo a double-blind review process. At least one author of an accepted paper must register to attend the conference. If accepted, selected papers will receive an invitation for publication in a special issue of the American Journal of Business (subject to journal review process). Other papers will be published in the conference proceedings. All accepted papers and abstracts will be scheduled for presentations during concurrent sessions. Acceptance of abstracts and papers are subject to final approval by track chairs.

For more information

Dr. Mohammad Daneshvar Kakhki
(269) 387-5397
Email Daneshvar Kakhki

Liz Eisenbach
(269) 387-5411
Email Liz Eisenbach

Dr. Muhammad Razi
(269) 387-5524
Email Muhammad Razi

Dr. Utkarsh Shrivastava
(269) 387-5406
Email Utkarsh Shrivastava