Panel: mHealth

Panel: Brian Fuchs, mind Vasa Curcin, view David Aanensen, Paul Nelson
Location: 342
Time: 17:00 – 18:00, Friday 10 September

This session will bring together application developers, NHS IT professionals, entrepreneurs and healthcare workers, to discuss the state-of-play in the mHealth arena and the future directions for integration with traditional healthcare. Increasingly, mobiles are being used by individuals to collect, manage and share biometric data, particularly in the area of personalised healthcare. The implications of what is effectively “crowdsourcing” of monitoring functions are immense and will lead to reduction of hospital re-admissions, better quality of life for patients, and improved healthcare efficiency.

The panel will discuss EpiCollect, a generic smartphone/web data collection tool that allows the collection and submission of geotagged data forms (along with photos) to a central project website (hosted using Googles AppEngine) from suitable mobile phones (Android or iPhone). For example, questionnaires, surveys etc. All data synchronised (ie a copy sent from the phone to the central website) from multiple phones can then be viewed / charted / filtered at the project website using Google Maps / Earth or downloaded. Furthermore, data can be requested and viewed/filtered from the project website directly on phones using Google Maps. Examples of projects people have setup include archaeological site locations, categorising street art, noise pollution monitoring, plant species distributions and biodiversity. It is also being used for epidemiological studies e.g. mapping cases of disease in Africa.
EpiCollect has been designed with generality in mind and this talk will include an overview of the framework, a demonstration showing the simplicity of setting up and submitting data to a project and a brief discussion of current and ongoing projects that EpiCollect is being used for with a specific focus on mHealth.

Also, the panel will discuss Phrisk, which specialises in digital communities for health and well-being. Phrisk has developed a core philosophy and infrastructure to deliver action for health and well-being though information sharing in both virtual and in person social networks leveraging information, monitoring and support for individual empowerment. Implementations of Phrisk approach exist in pilot communities www.emunity.org and www.wikiph.org on existing open source platforms. Phrisk is also developing its own platform focused particularly at leveraging community support and community wisdom, data, and decision focused algorithms to deliver decision support and decision implementation support for individuals for health and well-being.

Brian Fuchs is Co-ordinator of the Mobile Applications Centre in the Department of Computing at Imperial College. He has been active in development of computing support for research in the US, UK, and Germany for many years. He currently acts as a developer and researcher in several projects with a strong mobile component (TfL Mobile Demonstrator, Vortix, Totalcare, MusicShare, SpamJam).

Dr. Vasa Curcin runs the healthcare theme in the Social Computing Group at Department of Computing. His main research is in the areas of worklows, having been one of the authors of the Discovery Net software, and in particular the application of process algebras and other formal models to analysis of workflows. Another research focus is on the use of workflows as methodology for in silico studies on repositories of electronic health records, which he is pursuing in collaboration with Department of Primary Care and Public Health and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has designed and authored the data collection and reporting framework for CLAHRC Northwest London initiative, currently used by nine projects across seven NHS hospitals.

Dr David Aanensen is a researcher at the Dept Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College London and has a particular focus on the use and development of Web Applications addressing the molecular epidemiology of Infectious Disease. He co-created EpiCollect with Derek Huntley

Dr. Paul Nelson is the creator of Phrisk.