Two Major Trends in Digital Health

Today I was invited to give a presentation to the Danish health management organization “Region of Southern Denmark” as part of their strategy conference on digital health.

I used my old paper on “Pervasive healthcare as a scientific discipline” as an outset to discuss where I see healthcare is moving – based (of course) on our research into digital health at DTU Health Tech and CACHET. Here I identify seven major trends, which I still find to be relevant. These seven trends are shown on the slide below (click on the image to download the entire slide deck).

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2nd Generation mHealth for Mental Health

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I’ve recently been putting together a description of my recent research in mental health. My interest in mental health dates back to the MONARCA project, which has led to a number of interesting results since, especially driven by the data that is still being collected, analysed, and published mainly by Maria Faurholt-Jepsen and Lars V. Kessing.

Now we have been researching the 2nd generation of mHealth technology for mental health as part of the RADMIS project. This has focused on the design of Behavioral Activation Technology, which supports therapeutic support for depressive patients. These technologies show promising results in terms of supporting intervention in mental health and has – in a non-randomized clinical trial – shown a reduction in depressive symptoms.

A Decade of Ubiquitous Computing Research in Mental Health

Together with Aleksandar Matic, I recently made an overview of the different Ubicomp technologies for mental health, which has been done over the last decade. The paper has just been published in the IEEE Pervasive Computing Magazine. But unfortunately, the supplementary material with references to all the 46 systems is missing. You can access this here.

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Having some quiet evenings on a skiing trip, I finally managed to find the time to add an SSL certificate to my web site. Hope this increase trust in what is happening here.

[Personal] Health Technology – Research & Trends

The other day I was giving a talk at the Danish hospital “Nordsjællands Hospital” as part of their research day.

I was trying to talk about the challenges that the Danish healthcare system is facing and how technology plays a role here. I also presented the new Department of Health Technology at the Technical University of Denmark, emphasising that health technology is both the “wet“, the “dry“, and the “digital“.

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Visiting the HCI Group at the University of Konstanz

Recently I had the pleasure to visit old friends at the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Konstanz. This was a really nice and relaxed visit, while also super busy. The first day I was the external thesis opponent on the PhD Thesis of Jens Müller. He did a really nice presentation of his work on co-located and distributed augmented reality, as presented in his CHI 2017 paper. The next day, we had a chance to go over the SmartAct Project and dig into some very technical details on how to collect sensor data from the Movisens sensor via BTLE. It was nice to study code rather seeing polished presentations.

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