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Unlocking the Potential of Connected Health for Chronic Disease Management 

April 21st, 2017|

By Dr Shane O’Donnell, Post Doctoral Researcher, ARCH

One of the biggest challenges to living with a chronic condition is the process of keeping track of all the variables that impact on your health and wellbeing. How much medication did you take? How many walks did you go for last week? Did you do all the […]

Adventures in Storyboarding:  How can informed consent be…well…a little more informed?

April 7th, 2017|

By Dr Susan Donnelly, Post-Doctoral Researcher, ARCH

How effective is the informed consent process? As researchers we devote a great deal of time to honing methods of data collection and analysis but to what extent do we reflect on methods of consent? If patient-centred research is to be placed at the top of our agenda, surely we […]

Embedding hands-on Connected Health experience in how we train healthcare professionals – how RelateCare and WIT are paving the way

March 29th, 2017|

Guest Blog from Robert Grant, Ph.D., Research and Marketing Analyst, RelateCare

In a corner of the South-East of Ireland an ecosystem of connected health innovation is being developed through an exciting new partnership between Waterford Institute of Technology School of Health Sciences and ARCH Industry Member RelateCare, a Waterford-based organisation and that specialises in patient access and patient engagement […]

Insights from our Patient-Centred Design Industry Workshop

March 24th, 2017|

“People are complex and people are messy”

By Oisin Kearns, Research Assistant, Care Team

How well do you think you know a certain group of people? Have you ever tried putting yourself into their literal shoes? Well let’s not go crazy here, but this has been the aim of some designers and researchers. This ‘knowing’ of certain […]

Additional Recruitment Considerations in Connected Health Research

March 21st, 2017|

By Dr Laura Mackey, Post-Doctoral Researcher, ARCH

Most health-based researchers can identify with the enormous challenges faced during the recruitment stages of a study. Hours are spent lurking around hospital clinics, in the hope of convincing unsuspecting individuals to participate, only then to find them unsuitable as they do not meet the pre-defined inclusion criteria, or that […]

Who Owns Your Genomic Data?

March 10th, 2017|

By Dr Katja Rybakova, Research Assistant, Applied Research for Connected Health

The first human genome ever sequenced cost around US$100 million and took almost a year to complete . By 2016 the cost had fallen to below US$1500 and the time taken to complete it cut to about a day – this trajectory is expected to continue in the future. As […]

“Blame Culture” in the Irish Healthcare System – a potential obstacle to the development of Connected Health

February 23rd, 2017|

By Dr. Marcella McGovern, Change Team, ARCH

Earlier this month, RTE Investigates broadcast a programme called ‘Living on the List’, depicting the human stories and consequences behind Ireland’s lengthening hospital waiting lists. Furthermore, it revealed that hospital waiting lists are nearly 13% longer than previously reported (625,185 Vs 545,147), with the discovery that the National Purchase […]

The “Usefulness” of Co-Design: Including the user at design stage makes sense!

February 15th, 2017|

By Dr Etáin Quigley, Change Team, ARCH

As techies and healthcare product/service experts, we can be open to making the mistake of ‘assumptions’. Sometimes what we assume to be useful or easy to use may not be so in reality. Leaving this light bulb moment until usability testing, when a prototype has been designed and developed, […]

Diagnostic waiting times tend to test patients’ patience – can connected health be the solution?

February 13th, 2017|

By Dr. Anushree Priyadarshini, Change Team, ARCH

Waiting for longer than you expected to is never a welcome experience, whether it is for trivial things or for important matters. It becomes a hugely frustrating issue when it involves waiting for a healthcare treatment, for appointment visits to specialists or for diagnostic test results to start a […]

Happy Organisations and Happy Workers – a key factor in implementing digital health

February 1st, 2017|

By Dr Maria Quinlan, Research Lead, ARCH

To paraphrase Tolstoy, “all happy organisations are alike; each unhappy organisation is unhappy in its own way.” The ability for healthcare organisations to innovate is a fundamental requirement for adopting and sustainably scaling digital health solutions.  If an organisation is unhappy, for example if it is failing to communicate […]