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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They don’t know what they want

July 4th, 2017|

By Brenda Reginatto, Research Lead, Care Team, ARCH

Thoughts on patient-centred design, Steve Jobs and faster horses


Last week I was talking to a friend about a challenge they are facing in his company. This is more or less how the conversation went:

Friend: “… it is super exciting. We have built a product that has the potential […]

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Aussie draws the short straw!

June 29th, 2017|

Guest Blog by Samantha Fien, visiting PhD student.

During my exchange someone mentioned “Geez, you drew the short straw coming to Ireland if you are from Australia.” I thought “oh, how wrong could you be”. Yes, Australia is amazing but so is Ireland! This was my first time in Ireland and it did not disappoint! I […]

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Cost-effectiveness Evaluation for Healthcare Interventions…Beneficial or Not?

June 6th, 2017|

By Dr. Anushree Priyadarshini, Change Team, ARCH


Cost-effectiveness or cost-utility analysis is an essential part of many reimbursement processes. Health technology assessment bodies – such as NICE in the UK – require this kind of information as part of a submission for a new drug or medical device or connected health technology, and it is in […]

‘Users as Experts’: An Important Shift in Health Care Provision and Policy but do we Incorporate it into Research Enough?

June 1st, 2017|

By Dr Etáin Quigley, Post-Doctoral Researcher, ARCH

I attended an insightful mental health forum this week which brought key stakeholders in the area of child and adolescent mental health together.  Service providers, ranging from of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, school teachers/principles and so on sat alongside service users, yes young people and teenagers, and their families, […]

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 […]