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Personal digital health tracking: (when) will two worlds collide?

Date Wednesday 28 Apr 2021
Time 18:30 - Free admission
Speaker

Dr Heather May Morgan, Lecturer in Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen

About the speaker

Heather is a multidisciplinary social scientist whose formal training spans law, French language, forensic medicine, philosophy, gender studies, social research, sociology, criminology and health services research. Heather specialises in research into the use of (digital) technologies to generate, document, analyse and respond to information about human biomarkers and behaviours, by individuals and organisations. She researches how the addition or integration of such technologies into everyday living is viewed and experienced, the ways in which they impact on social life at a number of levels (e.g. personal, public, political, economic) and their implications, including unintended consequences. She primarily uses qualitative approaches to data collection and analysis, often involving ethnographic, narrative and case study methods, in a range of settings, including policing, criminal justice and health and social care. To date, Heather has individually or jointly secured research funding totalling more than £1.6m. She is lead author or co-author of over thirty peer-reviewed papers and two edited collections. She reviews for a number of high impact journals/publishers and has assessed grant applications for several national governments as well as major UK funders. She is co-creator of Aberdeen’s original, free-to-play, location-based, augmented reality game for iOS devices: [m]apping. She is also an early adopter of personal health tech, a quantified self and author of the blog confessionsofafitnesstracker

Location Online
Abstract

In this talk, Heather will present her insights into two digital health worlds before reflecting on the potential for them to collide. Firstly, she will talk about her recent research, which has explored digital health developments from within a health and social care services perspective, spanning a range of areas including heart health and cardiac rehab, multiple sclerosis management, fertility treatment and the use of electronic records in ambulances. She will then present research she has conducted around individuals’ uses of personal digital health tracking applications and wearables outside of health and social care, including wrist ECGs, exercise apps and the mental health effects of using wearables during COVID-19, as well as her own experiences of being a ‘quantified self’ since she was a teenager. Finally, she will talk to the challenges and opportunities around greater use of personal digital health tracking within the context of health and social care, including integration, interoperability, ethical concerns and sustainability.

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From Old Jersey to New Jersey: An Open Source Approach to Contact Tracing Apps

Date Thursday 03 Dec 2020
Time 18:30 - Free admission
Speaker

Colm Harte, Technical Director, NearForm

About the speaker

After graduating from Waterford Institute of Technology, Colm spent several years working on software for Ericsson, Aritech Security Systems, and Dataworks. He subsequently became a Senior Software Engineer at Waterford Technologies, where he provided software solutions to LeT systems. Colm was the team lead on a three month project to create a prototype consumer offering site for MUZU utilising the latest web technologies. He was hired as MUZUs Head of Engineering as a direct result of the success of the project and later became their CTO before joining NearForm in 2016.

Colm is experienced in developing scalable, high-availability platforms across a variety of industries. Colm brings a combination of deep technical knowledge and leadership skills to ensure successful delivery, using his 25 years of experience in the software industry and bringing a unique combination of technical skills and expertise in software architecture, development and leadership. Colm has a broad knowledge of software as a creative process, along with significant management and leadership experience. He has extensive product experience having worked on products from inception, all the way through to large-scale production deployments.

Location Online - GoToWebinar
Abstract

In this talk, Colm will talk about how the success of building Ireland's contact tracing app led to NearForm building apps for Scotland, Northern Ireland, Gibraltar and Jersey alongside a corridor of inter-state operable apps from New York to Delaware.

Colm will discuss how NearForm, a software solutions company that specializes in globally accelerated solution and platform delivery for clients including Condé Nast, Ingka and EY, started working in partnership with public health authorities across Europe and the US to deliver contact tracing apps.

He will talk about how NearForm approached the development of the apps, the key challenges faced and how they overcame those, the importance of interoperability as world economies begin to reopen, and why the Irish Government, supported by NearForm, decided to open source the underlying code for other public health authorities to use.

Registration

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BCS Aberdeen AGM 2020 followed by a talk on "Sleep better, be smarter and live longer"

Date Wednesday 21 Oct 2020
Time 18:30 - Free admission
Speaker

Dr. Olga Runcie

About the speaker

Dr. Runcie is a Consultant Psychiatrist in General Adult Mental Health, working at Aberdeen hospitals since 2006, and specialising in Sleep issues.

Location Online - GoToWebinar
Abstract

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Our AGM is an important opportunity to hear about how the branch performed last year, and to join the Committee. New members, particularly Young Professionals are very welcome. We shall also outline our planned program, and the need to use GotoWebinar and make more use of Social Media.

About the talk

Sleep is an active complex physiological state with highly organized pattern of brain activities. During sleep our bodies are engaged in important housekeeping functions to repair the damage and to re-establish optimal waking performance. Multiple studies demonstrate that healthy sleep has a positive impact on physical and psychological wellbeing. By taking care of your sleep you helping yourself to achieve your optimum health and to prevent many chronic diseases. Healthy sleep is critical to our longevity. In this lecture you will learn what can influence our sleep and how to improve your sleep quality.

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