Digital Health Futures Conference success

Digital Health Futures Conference success

Salford Business School hosted a special Digital Health Futures Conference at its MediaCityUK campus on Thursday 12 February, covering the use of information and communication technologies to help address healthcare challenges.

To set the scene, Chandan Rajah, Technology Expert and Advisor from national digital ideas organisation the Connected Digital Economy Catapult, explained the Digital Catapult vision to “rapidly advance the UK’s best digital ideas from concept to commercialisation”.

The Catapult will assist businesses and organisations with their digital strategy and offer a range of collaboration opportunities under four themes: closed organisational data, personal data. creative content and the Internet of Things.

Having set the national context, Ian Everall, of the University of Salford ThinkLab and Mirrorworld Technologies Director, and Dr Sue Collier, Head of Medical Operations - Salford Lung Study, GlaxoSmithKline, presented a regional case study from Greater Manchester.

Working with Dr Kuo Cheg Wu, Ian presented work regarding a SLS visualisation platform that displays statistical information on topics such as ‘troubled families’. Ian explained that the platform has created a virtual model of the City of Salford over which social and health data can be displayed interactively.

Eleni Karasouli from the University of Warwick considered the role of digital communication in patient-clinician communication, in particular a study which aims to evaluate the impacts of digital clinical communications for young people living with long term conditions. This study also explores the critical analysis of the provision and use of digital clinical communications by NHS specialist care providers.

Simone O’Callaghan (University of Abertay discussed work on a project known as Coded Moments where the research methods allowed exploration of the ways in which interdisciplinary approaches can lead to unexpected and insightful innovation in art-practice based research.

Andy Miah, Chair in Science Communication and Future Media at the University of Salford, delivered a presentation on the latest mHealth and wearable technology.

The conference, chaired by Dr Maria Burke of Salford Business School and Dr Stephen Lorimer from Imperial College, London, concluded with a discussion about the security concerns and who ultimately who will ‘own’ patients’ health information.