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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Seminar - Future healthcare systems based on emergent technologies: how can we ensure good behavior?

1st December 2014, 13:00 to 14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green, Dr Val Jones, University of Twente

Changes in the age structure of the population, and increased prevalence of chronic illness, together with a shortage of health professionals and other resources will increasingly challenge the ability of national healthcare systems to meet rising demand for services. Large scale use of eHealth enabled by advances in ICT is frequently cited as providing part of the solution to this crisis in future provision. Self monitoring and remote monitoring of patients by means of smartphone apps and sensors is on the way to becoming mainstream. In future one individual's personal health system may be able to access a large number of devices including sensors embedded in the environment as well as in-body smart medical implants and even nano scale mechanisms in order to provide (semi-)autonomous health related services to the user. In this seminar I will raise some issues relating to the problem of how to assure the quality of such systems in order to protect patient safety. 

Fellows' seminars take place on Monday lunchtimes in the seminar room at Cosin's Hall.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

The aim of these seminars is to develop new thinking on the big issues that are of current concern/interest for the Fellows . Each Fellow is asked to present a core idea that informs their current work, or a problem that they are tackling, that could benefit from cross-disciplinary thinking. These seminars are informal and designed to encourage discussion.

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