Speaker Announcement: Imperial’s Brian Fuchs and Vasa Curcin on mHealth

Imperial College’s Social Computing Group (fka Internet Centre) has been one of the key supporters of Over the Air since our first event in 2008. This year Brian Fuchs and Vasa Curcin from the SCG are going to present a session on mobile health. Increasingly, mobiles are being used by individuals to collect, manage and share biometric data, particularly in the area of personalised healthcare and sports, where there is a broad range of apps available to smartphone users. The implications of what is effectively “crowdsourcing” of monitoring functions traditionally associated with institutional health providers for the well-being both of individuals and of society as whole are immense and will lead to reduction of hospital readmissions, better quality of life for patients, and improved healthcare efficiency. 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.

Mr. 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.