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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Smart but Small (and Disappearing): the future of mobile health systems

5th November 2014, 17:30 to 18:30, Room PG20, Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Dr Val Jones (University of Twente)

The advent of wireless communications and mobile computing together with miniaturization of medical sensors enabled development of the first generation of mobile health (mhealth) systems. At the University of Twente Body Area Network (BAN) technology is applied in mHealth research with the aim of providing tele-monitoring and tele-treatment services. A health BAN incorporates devices such as a PDA or smartphone which acts as a processing, storage and communications platform, sensors for measuring biosignals and other devices such as cameras, microphones, actuators and alarm buttons. The BAN is worn by the patient and provides mHealth services 24/7, wherever the patient is. The emergence of new technologies such as wearable technology, implants and (bio)nanotechnology dramatically increases the potential of, and also the challenges associated with mHealth systems. In this lecture Dr Val Jones will outline research into mHealth applications of BANs, illustrated by examples from emergency medicine and other clinical settings, and present one vision of the future of mHealth where the emergent modes of delivery of personalized healthcare are characterized by disappearance of BAN functionality into the environment, into everyday objects and into our bodies themselves. She will conclude by discussing some of the challenges posed by the prospect of large-scale roll-out of mHealth services to the population.

This lecture is free and open to all. 

Details about Dr Val Jones

Map - Pemberton Rooms is denoted as building No: 21

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