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CS Seminar: Health Technology Research

PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 7:01 pm
by J. Borg
(Turing Lab, Colin Reeves Building)

Tea, Coffee and Biscuits available before, during and after the seminar

"Health Technology Research and the AllergiSense Sensing Smartphone System for People with Anaphylactic Allergies"
Dr. Sandra Woolley, School of Computing and Mathematics - Keele University

Pervasive healthcare technologies such as smartphone apps have demonstrated potential in the management of chronic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. However, research into assistive technologies for the support of anaphylaxis management has been neglected. Anaphylaxis is a severe life-threatening allergic condition which has increased in prevalence. The management of anaphylaxis requires the avoidance of allergen triggers and preparation in readiness for an anaphylactic reaction. People with anaphylaxis and their carers carry adrenaline auto-injectors ready for immediate administration in the event of a severe allergic reaction. Unfortunately, both people who carry auto-injectors and doctors who prescribe them, fail to use them correctly. This is due in part to deficiencies in training and also due to the lack of a system encouraging continuous practice and providing feedback on that practice.

AllergiSense was designed with the participation of clinicians, and people with anaphylaxis and their carers, and it has been evaluated quantitatively in terms of usability, performance and self-efficacy and qualitatively by clinical staff in five hospitals in the Midlands.
Its evaluation has provided evidence of the potential of smartphone tools to significantly improve adrenaline injection training skills and positively influence self-efficacy. In addition, the results provide insights into possible self-efficacy failings in traditional training and the benefits of embedding self-efficacy theory into the design process.

Sandra Woolley recently joined the School of Computing and Mathematics at Keele University. She previously worked in the School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Birmingham where she researched wearable and pervasive health technologies. Her seminar will summarise challenges and opportunities in health technology research, and will briefly outline some new and on-going clinical collaboration projects including "Precision Ventilation", "The Quantified Out-Patient" and investigations in sensing technology for people with dementia.