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Aspects of Digital Innovation Conference: Symposium on Digital Health

Aspects of Digital Innovation Conference: Symposium on Digital Health

Thursday 12 February 2015
University of Salford
10.00am - 4.00pm

Contemporary society aims to be socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable as it improves the health and well-being of its citizens.

This conference addresses digital innovations with a focus on health and provides an opportunity to consider the challenges faced by citizens, businesses, and public health authorities. These include networked systems, smart devices, content sharing, online social networks, trust and reputation, to aid healthcare professionals and public health authorities to promote, and companies to invest in, health and well-being. This is producing a networked society with people who are (self) monitored for the variable benefit of many actors in a health information value chain.

The  conference was held at the University of Salford  Campus at MediaCityUK, on 12 February 2015 and was a fantastic success!

The  event covered a range of diverse topics, all related to digital health. First,  to set the scene, Chandan Rajah Technology Expert and Advisor (Connected  Digital Economy Catapult), opened proceedings by telling us all about the new  Digital Catapult vision to “rapidly advance the UK’s best digital ideas from  concept to commercialisation.” The Catapult will assist businesses 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 (the IoT).

Having set the national context, the second speakers, Ian  Everall, of the University of Salford's ThinkLab and Director, Mirrorworld  Technologies Ltd, and Dr Sue Collier Head of Medical Operations, Salford Lung  Study, Glaxo Smith Kline, presented a regional case study drawn from Salford  and Greater Manchester. Working with Dr Kuo Cheg Wu, Ian presented work  regarding a SLS Visualisation Platform that can display statistical information  regarding for example “Troubled Families”. Ian told us that  “the Platform has created a virtual model of  the City of Salford over which social, health and study data can be displayed  interactively.”

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

Simone O’Callaghan (University of Abertay)  discussed her work on a project known as Coded Moments where the methods used in Coded Moments, such as  interviews and video allowed exploration of the ways in which interdisciplinary  approaches that include art-practice based researchers, can lead to unexpected  and insightful innovation in health related areas.

Andy Miah (University of Salford) delivered a  presentation regarding the latest mHealth and wearable technology solutions. We  concluded with a discussion about the security concerns and who ultimately will  “own” our health information.

Conference co-chairs

  • Dr M Burke (Salford Business School, University of Salford)
  • Dr C Mulligan (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Centre, Imperial College, London)


The conference was held at the University of Salford at the MediaCityUK Campus. You can view some images from the day.


You can download some of the presentations from the Conference below:


For further information on Sustainable Society Network+ visit: sustainablesocietynetwork.net

For any queries or further information regarding the conference, please contact: sustainable.society@imperial.ac.uk or m.e.burke@salford.ac.uk.

For information on accommodation and travelling to the University, please contact the Conference Office.

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