What works in Digital health; bridging the disciplinary divide; University of Glasgow, 23rd-24th July, 2015

What works in Digital health; bridging the disciplinary divide; 23rd-24th July, 2015

A two-day workshop was held on 23rd and 24th July, 2015, at the University of Glasgow. The event; “What works in Digital health; bridging the disciplinary divide’, brought together leading researchers from Health, Human Computer Interaction and Data Sciences to discuss the evaluation of digital health technologies.

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The key aim of the workshop was to identify and explore the methodological challenges and opportunities for validating new digit.al technologies. Around 40 delegates from around the UK attended the event.

Keynote speakers (Jeremy Wyatt, University of Leeds, Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Vienna Institute of Technology, and Neal Lathia, University of Cambridge) introduced their disciplinary perspective and provided inspiring suggestions as to what – and importantly, how – research should be conducted within this interdisciplinary field.

The keynote presentations were followed by several short talks by participants, who provided key insights and lessons learned from their various research activities within the area of digital health.

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The workshop was highly interactive and much of the day was given to discussion and networking. Delegates generated and contributed to excellent discussions and suggestions for how to move the field forward. Some of the key points which emerged included; individual differences in the effectiveness of technologies, differing perspectives on the concept of effectiveness itself (building upon findings from ADUP), how disciplines can inform one another and how to model the collaborative aspect of interdisciplinary research, the importance of “mess”, context and complexity, user education, and many other issues such as privacy, scalability, regulation, quality and tailoring.

Delegates also participated in structured discussion activities, including the outcomes of importance in digital health and the stakeholders involved, different research and analysis methods (and their requirements), and each delegate’s key ‘take home’ messages. An evening meal was provided, allowing discussion to continue beyond the workshop.

The day was highly enjoyable, with very good feedback from participants, and considerable interest in the prospect of a related workshop held in future.

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Further information (and presentation slides) can be found at: http://blog.johnrooksby.org/post/125089368687/workshop-what-works-in-digital-health

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