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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 […]

Gaining Actionable Insights from the Patient Experience

January 20th, 2017|

Guest Blog by Rachel Lynch – MIACP & EUPATI Fellow

With our Patient-Centred Design Industry Workshop just around the corner on 22nd February, we thought it would be a great opportunity to invite Rachel Lynch to contribute to our guest blog this week. Rachel is a EUPATI Fellow and volunteer at FibroIreland and she participated in the UCD […]

The Impact of SMS Reminders on Non-Attendance at Hospitals

December 16th, 2016|

By Jessie Kelly, ARCH Intern

When I was offered a six-week internship with Arch I was asked to produce a White Paper on the impact of SMS reminders on non-attendance rates at hospitals. My first thought was – What on earth is a white paper?! As a recent commerce graduate looking to dip her toe into […]

Going Paperless in Home Care

November 25th, 2016|

Guest Blog By Kane Caswell, Marketing Manager at NurseBuddy (ARCH Industry Member)

Global warming; ice caps melting; the Dead Sea drying up. We’re constantly reminded that the earth is changing, and that it’s man made. Whether you are a believer of man’s impact on the environment or not, it is unquestionable that we should all do our […]

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Health Literacy Considerations in Connected Health

November 18th, 2016|

By Dr Laura Mackey, Post Doctoral Researcher, ARCH

As a physiotherapist, I have encountered many patients who have been largely unaware of processes involved in managing their condition, let alone how they developed it in the first place. A particular experience that stuck with me, and ultimately motivated me to pursue a PhD was a patient with […]