Digital health empowers people to better track, manage, and improve their own and their family's health, and live better, more productive lives. Digital health applications have potential to reduce inefficiencies in healthcare delivery, improve access, reduce costs, increase quality, and make medicine more personalised and precise.
Within the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, our research in this area aims to investigate and evaluate the effectiveness of applying digital tools in healthcare, with a particular focus on low-resourced national health services, where digital tools can be applied as cost-effective interventions for those with long-term conditions, and for particular groups such as pregnant women.
Current projects are investigating the use of digital tools by patients to better manage their health, such as online and management evaluation of blood pressure, and text message reminders for the management of Type 1 diabetes.
We are also evaluating the use of digital tools by healthcare practitioners (termed eHealth) to improve patient communication and feedback, for example the use of Skype for GP consultations with patient, and improving NHS quality using internet ratings and feedback of patient experience.
13 August 2020
New research will help GPs to identify the signs, symptoms, and blood test results they should look for to swiftly diagnose cancer in people with unexpected weight loss. The findings have implications for existing health policy and guidelines.
Gemma Hughes reflects on research into care organising technologies, led by Professor Sara Shaw and recently published in Social Science and Medicine.
DPhil student Kerstin Frie takes us on a whistle stop tour of weight trackers and compares their features and user reviews.