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The opportunities and challenges of Electronic Health Records for the Connected Health industry

May 9th, 2018|

By Dr Marcella McGovern, ARCH 

What are Electronic Health Records (EHRs)?

The Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) definition of EHRs is the most widely used internationally and the definition adopted by eHealth Ireland. They define EHRs as:

‘a longitudinal electronic record of patient health information generated by one or more encounters in any care delivery setting. Included […]

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Digital drugs- a bitter pill to swallow?

March 5th, 2018|

By Claire Sweeney, Research Scientist, ARCH.

Medication non-adherence is not a new problem and despite the seemingly exhaustive body of work on the topic, a one size fits all pill to cure this ill has thus far eluded researchers and policy makers. It’s estimated that up to 50% of patients with chronic conditions are to some […]

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The Burden of Self-Management in Chronic Conditions

February 21st, 2018|

By Shelby Unger, ARCH Research Intern

Patient burden in the self-management of chronic conditions is widely discussed in conjunction with the hope of innovative technology alleviating some of this burden. Chronic conditions require much day-to-day planning and decision-making, which can be particularly burdensome for patients, as the responsibility of self-management is not a linear one. The […]

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How much is too much? – Reflections on patient experience, burden and incentives

February 5th, 2018|

By Brenda Reginatto, Research Lead, Care Team, ARCH

When conducting research with patients, it is very tempting to try capturing as much data as possible from them. Research participants are extremely valuable sources of information, but are often difficult to reach. Patient recruitment is challenging for many reasons and when a research team manages to enrol […]

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Is Blockchain good for your health?

January 29th, 2018|

By Claire Sweeney, Research Scientist, ARCH.

The buzz surrounding blockchain is rapidly approaching fever pitch, giving every Joe Soap the chance to take a gamble on the world of financial trading. However, there is much more to blockchain than just bitcoin. If you choose to believe the hype, then blockchain is a panacea for many of […]

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The Future of Health: Personalised Nutrition and Digital Health

January 15th, 2018|

By Dr Claire Timon, ARCH

Despite the best efforts of public health promotion campaigns, the prevalence of unhealthy dietary behaviour, lifestyle and subsequently disorders such as obesity and diabetes remain at an all-time high. This is contributing to soaring healthcare costs globally and impacting individuals’ health and overall quality of life. It is well documented that […]

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Patient Experience: What are we Measuring and How?

December 5th, 2017|

By Dr Louise Rooney, Change Team, ARCH 

The rapid and continual sophistication of computer science has led to the growing uptake of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT’s) across the entirety of the healthcare sector. In this age of ‘digitalisation’ it is inevitable that ICT’s will become a more integral part of both primary and secondary patient […]

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The chronicle of an ARCH intern

November 27th, 2017|

By Shelby Unger, ARCH Intern

Transitioning from one phase of life to another can be a daunting task. Upon completing my Master’s in Sociology at UCD, as many social scientists can probably relate to a similar experience, convincing someone that the sociology of health and illness is worthwhile in the work force is not necessarily the […]

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User Research in Practice

October 23rd, 2017|

By Oisin Kearns, ARCH Research Assistant.
“How can I use an affinity diagram to create personas?”
AKA.. “we’re going to need a bigger wall!”

This was a question we recently found ourselves asking when in the process of designing patient personas to help steer a client’s design goals. Affinity diagrams and personas are User-Centred Design (UCD) techniques which […]

A picture paints a thousand words – uncovering the hidden barriers to change

July 18th, 2017|

By Dr Maria Quinlan, Research Lead, ARCH 

Over the past several years much of my research at ARCH has focused on the people and culture aspects of successfully scaling digital health within healthcare organisations. As I touched on in a previous blog post, the importance of positive staff morale within healthcare is recognised as a key […]

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