SICSA HCI: Fifth Workshop on Technology for Health and Wellbeing (THAW)

Date(s) - 07/11/2014
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Wolfson Medical School Building, University of Glasgow

We will be organising our fifth Technology for Health and Wellbeing (THAW) workshop on Friday 7th November. This workshop was invited by the Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare as part of the national Digital Healthcare Week (1-7th November 2014) and is supported by the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA), the British Computer Society (BCS) Health Informatics Scotland and the universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde, Aberdeen and Glasgow Caledonian.
The aim of this workshop is to present a spectrum of the leading research and innovation in this area across all the SICSA institutions. We aim to get academics, industry practitioners and service providers to share expertise and experience regarding how new health technologies products and ideas can be designed, developed, implemented and evaluated in order to complete the journey from ‘the lab’ to mainstream service delivery.

Due to unprecedented changes in demographics and public health patterns (i.e. ageing populations and the rising prevalence of multiple chronic and long-term health conditions), there is broad policy support for shifting from the current position of reactive health-care delivery in hospitals to proactive prevention and / or self-management within the community. Equally, social care also seeks to encourage people to live longer, healthier independent lives in their own homes. These significant societal changes raise new and important research challenges for a wide spectrum of disciplines within the scientific community: computer science, HCI, health informatics, health services research, sociology and so on. These challenges include developing, testing, piloting and rolling-out increasingly innovative technology around the home, assessing the ease of use, usefulness, usability and `fitness-for-purpose’ of these new technologies and last but not least, measuring their impact on health, wellbeing and lifestyle (e.g. engagement, immersion, motivation, persuasion, visualisation, self-management, behaviour modification, gamification). Furthermore, all these substantial challenges are compounded when large scale implementation efforts are required in order to allow new health technologies to reach critical mass.

The challenge and complexity of the tasks involved requires without doubt a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the issues at stake and designing, piloting, implementing and evaluating appropriate solutions. We believe this requires sharing information, knowledge and experience between researchers from a wide range of disciplines with those designing, delivering and commissioning new products and services within health and social care.

IMPORTANT: This event is free to attend but ONLY IF you have registered in advance

To register, please contact : Email or with email header : ‘SICSA –THAW – WORKSHOP’ no later than Monday the 3rd of November 2014

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