About Centre for Intelligent Healthcare
Advances in medicine in the last 20 years has brought treatments for illnesses previously considered incurable and more individuals are living with long term conditions. When you add to this the increasing number of people with co-morbidities due to demographic change and lifestyle choices, it is clear that the very nature of our healthcare services has to alter.
This will require new approaches, new technologies and supporting evidence as we all become responsible for ensuring we stay healthy, active and independent for as long as possible since all of us wish to age well. The Centre for intelligent Healthcare through its dynamic staff, advisory boards, partner organisations and horizon scanning tools will be at the forefront of this research providing the evidence for change.
We have a growing team of researchers with expertise and wide ranging experiences in technology and healthcare. This multidisciplinary team is further strengthened by our links with companies, hospitals, public health bodies through our Advisory Board, Honorary Research Fellows and Associates. We also have a growing team of PhD students who contribute to a vibrant and thriving research environment. The team sits within three key themes:
- Behaviour and Implementation Science
- Epidemiology & Evidence Based Healthcare
- Healthcare Technology & Innovation
1. Behaviour and Implementation Science
Behavioural Science/Medicine is the interdisciplinary field concerned with the development and integration of behavioural, psychosocial, and biomedical science knowledge and techniques relevant to the understanding of health and illness, and the application of this knowledge and these techniques to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. (Society of Behavioural Medicine).
Our mission as a theme is to develop and co-create world-leading, holistic, person-centred and innovative approaches and interventions to address global health needs; based on the biopsychosocial-spiritual model of health (Hatala 2013). Secondly, it is to conduct real-life testing in clinical practice, public health and the community to improve the acceptability, feasibility and effectiveness of these face-to-face, digital and blended technologies in order to maximise their use and impact. This is done using the most rigorous and highest standards of excellence in health and social care research.
We encompass a broad range of disciplines and methodological expertise ranging from qualitative exploration to definitive randomised controlled trials and meta-synthesis.
2. Epidemiology & Evidence Based Healthcare
The World Health Organisation defines Epidemiology as the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events (including disease), and the application to the control of diseases and other health problems. Various methods can be used to carry out epidemiological investigations: surveillance and descriptive studies can be used to study distribution; analytical studies are used to study determinants.
Understanding the determinants of health and disease, leads us to evidence-based healthcare where solutions can be found to prevent and treat ill-health, this means producing and using the best research available in collaboration with clinical experts and service users.
Our vision as a theme of Epidemiology & Evidence Based Healthcare is to identify and address determinants of poor health, working with our collaborators, to meet health needs at a national and international population level. Within the future thinking Centre for Intelligent Healthcare research we do this paying particular attention to novel technologies and digitalised solutions.
3. Healthcare Technology & Innovation
This theme aims to research and develop innovative healthcare technologies, devices and solutions with scientific and socioeconomic impacts to address unmet healthcare needs and improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities, through conducting globally significant and interdisciplinary research with different partners and stakeholders along the pathway of technology development and commercialization. The research areas include:
- Develop innovative healthcare technologies and devices with physiological measurements, advanced bio-signal processing, computer modelling and big data analysis;
- Design and development of macro- and nano-scale biosensors and devices that utilize biological components to achieve accurate measurement and detection of diseases-related biomarkers;
- Create innovative and interdisciplinary data science solutions for analysing/interpreting healthcare data using machine learning and artificial intelligence;
- Develop smart mobile health system and mobile phone delivered interventions for chronic disease management, decision support systems, behavioural change management, as well as the use of latest 5G technology to transform how healthcare is delivered;
- Provide co-creation, prototyping and user-centred product evaluation services to entrepreneurial individuals and companies developing new healthcare technologies.