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February 07, 2013

Workshop on Activity Monitoring for Behaviour, Health and Well–being

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The Institute of Digital Healthcare is pleased to invite you to a Workshop on Activity Monitoring for Behaviour, Health and Well-being to be held on 27th February 2013 at the International Digital Laboratory, Central Campus, University of Warwick.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers and health professionals working in the field of activity monitoring and its varied applications.

The event will include both internal and external speakers presenting on current research in activity monitoring and highlighting some of the applications of inferring behaviour, health and well-being from activity monitoring. There will be discussion sessions to kindle interest in this field and generate ideas for potential interdisciplinary collaboration. The event will also feature demonstrations of the research undertaken at the IDH in the field. This event aims to create a network of biomedical engineers, researchers and health professionals (which includes medicine, health science, healthcare, mental health and well-being) from various institutions to motivate future collaborative projects.

For more information including a provisional programme and to book your place please visit idhevents/activitymonitoringworkshop or contact Dr Viji Ahanathapillai

May 16, 2012

The Midlands launch of HANDI

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Invitation to a free half day workshop 10:00 June 13th

Institute of Digital Healthcare, University of Warwick

HANDI, the Healthcare App Network for Development and Innovation, is a group of clinicians, developers, informaticians and others who believe that agile healthcare apps for patients, carers and health and care professionals provide the key to enabling IT to transform of health and care.

It wants to encourage and support app innovators. HANDI knows from experience that creating an app and getting it widely used can be a painful experience and have established HANDI as a not-for-profit venture to provide mutual support and help create an environment in which apps can flourish and wants to invite you to join them.
HANDI is an open and inclusive organisation that supports all with an interest in health and care apps including patients, careers, health and care professionals, developers and those with tools and services to support the app community.

The workshop is the launch event around which we hope to build an active midlands local cluster. You will be able to learn about the opportunities for apps in health and care, hear about the challenges and some of the solutions and have the chance to network with emerging and established app innovators and others with resources and expertise to help make good ideas a reality.

To learn more about HANDI, see the detailed workshop programme and book your place through the web site at: or for more information email

HANDI has already run a successful workshop in Newcastle (see the web site for its outputs) and has another planned for London on 30th May.

Follow on Twitter!/handihealth or watch #handihealth.

February 29, 2012

Trialling therapy to beat cancer

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pink ribbonA cancer diagnosis is a life-changing experience for the patient. In the past one-size-fits-all treatments have been given to patients based on whether their cancer is low, moderate or high risk. Now research at Warwick Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) is investigating personalised treatment for a specific group of women with breast cancer. In a recent lecture, Prof Janet Dunn explained the work of the Unit and the new type of clinical trials that they’re running.

Whilst we are not yet in the era of fully personalised medicine, cancer treatment is changing.

Read article in full on the Knowledge Centre

Prof Janet Dunn is Module Leader for MD913: Design, Analysis & Interpretation of Epidemiological Research

December 12, 2011

Bridging the gap between information access and understanding

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News release

Patients Participate! Bridging the gap between information access and understanding

Publishing a lay summary alongside every research article could be the answer to assisting in the wider understanding of health-related information, say the findings of a new citizen science project called Patients Participate!

Commissioned by JISC and carried out by the Association of Medical Research Charities, the British Library and UKOLN, Patients Participate! asked patients, the public, medical research charities and the research community, ‘How can we work together in making sense of scientific literature, to truly open up research findings for everyone who is interested?’

The answer came from patients who explained that they want easy-to-understand, evidence-based information relating to biomedical and health research.

Every day people are bombarded by health news, advice columns, medical websites and health products and making sense of this information can be difficult. Tracey Brown, Director of Sense about Science says, “We have been working with scientists and the public for some years to challenge misinformation, whether about the age of the earth, the causes of cancer, wifi radiation or homeopathy for malaria.

“It’s often very effective but no sooner is attention turned elsewhere than misleading claims creep back up again. To make a permanent difference, we need the public to be evidence hunters. We are delighted to encourage patients to engage with the evidence for medical claims.”

The project is part of JISC’s investment in putting valuable content online and making it accessible. Alastair Dunning, digitisation programme manager at JISC, adds, “JISC believes that publicly-funded research should be made available for everyone and be easy to find. We have funded this work to show how making access to scientific literature enables citizen-patients to participate in the research process, therefore providing mutual understanding and better links between scientists, medic, patients and the general public.”

Lee-Ann Coleman, head of science, technology and medicine at the British Library, says, “The British Library supports access for everyone who wants to do research, but providing access to information, through services like UK PubMed Central, is only the first part of the story. There is so much scientific literature – and it’s so complicated; developing ways to help people make sense of it has to go hand-in-hand with access.”

Engaging with the wider community is increasingly important for researchers. Some universities now offer researchers training in communicating with lay audiences.

Dr Liz Lyon, director of UKOLN at the University of Bath, explains, “The Patients Participate! Project has demonstrated the potential value of lay summaries to make research more accessible to a wider audience. There is certainly an appetite for this information and we see the new How-to Guide for researchers as a positive step in helping academics and researchers to communicate their findings and to bridge the understanding gap.”

Medical research charities have an important role in providing patients and the public with information about the research they fund.

Lord Willis of Knaresborough, chair of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), believes that the “Increasing volume of information about health and medical research available via the internet, the challenge for charities is to help their supporters make sense of it and distinguish the good from the bad. By translating complicated medical research information into language that is easy to understand, they can help researchers and patients talk to each other.”

Download the report as a PDF

Find out more about why Patients Participate is part of JISC’s e-Content programme

Discover a world of JISC content

October 14, 2011

Being Human: Medicine and the Human Sciences

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Being humanProfessor Daniel Lord Smail from the History Department at Harvard University will be visiting Warwick to give a talk entitled ‘Deep History: Neurosciences and History Writing’.

Date: 24 October 2011

Time: 5.00-7.00

Venue: R0.12 Ramphal – Public Lecture

For more information:

August 23, 2011

The case for open source healthcare information systems

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Dr Carl Reynolds will talk at the next IDH seminar on 24th August at 4pm at the International Digital Laboratory, University of Warwick.

Carl Reynolds is a physician, health informatician and clinical advisor with an interest in change management enabled by health care IT.

The title of his talk is: The case for open source healthcare information systems: An overview of healthcare information system licencing and a look to the future.

Healthcare information systems have the potential to bring improvements in patient safety, quality of patient care and efficiency. The sale of health care information systems is an emerging multibillion pound industry and as policy makers, health care professionals and patients, we have a responsibility to maximize the return on investment. Alternative licensing and software development models, the role of standards and the role of communities are analyzed and it is argued that open source licensing is needed to promote safer, more effective health care information systems.

Everyone is welcome.

July 11, 2011

Digital Innovation and Technology for Patient Benefit

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Digital Innovation and Technology for Patient Benefit
International Digital Laboratory, University of Warwick, UK
17th November 2011

The objective of IDH2011 is to bring together healthcare academics, practitioners, technologists and innovators to discuss advancements in digital healthcare and technology centred on patient benefit.
The conference is an international event with keynote speakers covering different aspects of digital healthcare, along with platform presentations and posters from a highly multidisciplinary community.

The programme will include the following keynote speakers:
• Rich Fletcher, Media Lab, MIT
• Prof Alex Jadad, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Toronto
• Prof Darek Ceglarek, International Digital Laboratory, Warwick

Early Bird Standard Delegate Fee £80 (Student £45)
Full Standard Delegate Fee £105 (Student £60)
This will include refreshments and buffet style lunch
Early Bird registration will close on 26th September 2011

We look forward to seeing you at the Digital Lab.
IDH2011 Organising Committee

Register Here

Call for Abstracts
If you would like to submit a paper to the conference, please do so here.

Conference Date: 17 November 2011
Venue: Digital Lab, Warwick, UK
Early Bird Deadline: 26th September 2011
For more information visit us at

January 26, 2011

Digital Healthcare

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Digital healthcare has evolved from the need for more proactive and efficient healthcare delivery, and seeks to offer new types of care that are only possible thanks to sophisticated technology. At the Institute of Digital Healthcare, researchers are looking to develop new technologies, but to firmly base this on understanding the benefits and limitations of the current care on offer.

Find out more at the Knowledge Centre

December 15, 2010

Sleep, Health and Society: From Aetiology to Public Health

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Sleep disturbances and sleep deprivation are common in modern society. Increasingly populations have been subjected to a steady constant decline in the number of hours devoted to sleep, due to changes in a variety of environmental and social conditions. Through the application of epidemiological methods of investigation sleep deprivation has been shown to be associated with a variety of chronic conditions and health outcomes, detectable across the entire lifespan, from childhood to adulthood to older age. This book summarises for the first time the epidemiological evidence linking sleep deprivation and disruption to several chronic conditions, and explores the public health implications with the view to developing preventive strategies.

Read more on the Knowledge Centre web site

November 12, 2010

Breaking Barriers in Clinical Communication

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Are Securely Attached Doctors More Empathetic Doctors?

By Kirsten Atherton, Anna Chisholm, Lucie Rutter, Sarah Peters, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester and Ian Fletcher, Division of Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool

When we visit our doctor, it is possible that our expectations of patient/doctor interaction may be very different to those of the doctor treating us.

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Read the article in full on the Reinvention Journal website

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