The digital health revolution for future clinicians

The West Midlands Health Informatics Network invites clinical students to attend its forthcoming free event on 15 March 2016 at 18:00. The aims of the evening are to:

• offer insights into the integration of digital technology in the practice of the clinicians of the future;
• enable networking across schools; and
• provide peer support in a relaxed environment.

Presentations will be delivered by representatives of the Institute of Digital Healthcare, followed by Q&A sessions. Places are limited, therefore, if you are interested in attending, please email Martin Rowland by no later than 10:00 on 14 March 2016, stating your name, academic affiliation, specific requirements (e.g. access, diet) and contact details. For any other enquiries, please contact us. Attendance is free and catering will be provided.


The event will be hosted at the IDL Boardroom, International Digital Laboratory, University Of Warwick, University Rd, Coventry, West Midlands CV4 7AL

Pay and display parking is available about campus, however, car park 8 is most convenient for access to the venue.

Theo Arvanitis

Prof. Theo Arvanitis

An Introduction to Medical Informatics

Prof. Arvanitis is a Professor of e-Health Innovation and Head of Research at The Institute of Digital Healthcare, WMG, at University of Warwick. He also holds the post of co-Director of the West Midlands AHSN Digital Theme. His research interests span the areas of biomedical engineering, neuroimaging and health informatics. Professor Arvanitis has a substantial academic publication record, while he has received research funding from national (UK), European and international governmental funding agencies, charities and industry. He is a Charted Engineer (CEng) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (FRSM). He is also the Joint Editor-in-Chief at the Digital Health open access peer-reviewed journal.

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Omar Khan

Omar Khan

Stepping with a virtual partner: exploring the use of virtual avatars for gait retraining

Stepping in time to rhythmic auditory cues can be effective for retraining gait following a stroke or the onset of Parkinson’s Disease. Rhythmic visual cues can similarly influence coordination of movement, but are only effective when the cues have spatial as well as temporal dynamics (e.g. a moving dot rather than a flashing dot). A key goal of retraining gait is to improve adaptability so individuals can quickly correct movements in response to a sudden perturbation or obstacle. Random phase perturbations can be inserted into otherwise regular auditory or visual rhythmic cues to force an adaptive response in the form of timing correction. It is unknown whether complex visual cues such as an avatar can similarly influence step correction. However, imitation is an important human social characteristic which may influence an individual to accurately reflect their own movement coordination with that of an avatar. Here we investigate if the corrective responses of healthy participants who are instructed to step in time with an avatar are influenced by perturbations to the avatar’s gait. If participants are able to accurately follow the avatar’s movements, then this could lead to more sensitive and targeted gait retraining methods.

Mohammed Omar Khan works as Chief Software Engineer at the Institute Of Digital Healthcare. His research interests include health informatics, biomedical engineering and systems design and development. He has extensive experience in applying rigorous software and biomedical engineering practices to the healthcare sector and has deployed clinical systems both regionally (e.g. CURe) and nationally (e.g. CCLG). He has optimised the data collection and strategy of international companies such as Lloyds Pharmacy Online Doctor and promoted collaboration and content creation through organisations such as OpenClinical and the NHSE Code4Health scheme. Most recently, Omar has been responsible for designing, developing and deploying the IDH Datacentre, which follows all information governance and security standards mandated by HSCIC and the NHS. Omar is also a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. Alongside his professional role, Omar has recently started a part-time staff PhD at the IDH investigating the effects of virtual avatars on human motion and their possible application within rehabilitation of walking conditions.
Sarah Lim Choi Keung

Dr Sarah Lim Choi Keung

Research highlights: health information exchange and decision support

In this presentation, Sarah will give an overview of health informatics research in the areas of health information exchange and decision support. A selection of regional, national and international projects will be discussed, in particular how informatics can support clinicians in their work.

Sarah Lim Choi Keung is a Research Fellow in Health Informatics at the Institute of Digital Healthcare, University of Warwick. She works on several local and European research projects in the area of health informatics, particularly looking into semantic interoperability challenges in the health domain, the participatory requirements gathering process for stakeholders in health information systems, and the standardisation in health informatics. Sarah has experience of assessing technological solutions and considering requirements and needs of a range of stakeholders, in clinical, research and the public. Sarah is a co-investigator and researcher, with project management roles in several research projects.

Dr Sudi Lahiri

MSc. in Healthcare Operational Management: ensuring cost-effective healthcare systems to deliver quality care consistently

Dr Sudi Lahiri is a Senior Research Fellow in the IDH and collaborates with researchers in health services, statistics, informatics and health systems engineering. She received her PhD in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she examined long-term pathways to health among participants of a childhood intervention funded by the US Dept. of Health & Human Services. Sudi also coordinated a large public health programme at the UW-Madison Health Services and collaborated with the School of Medicine and Public Health to examine health risk behaviours among city residents. Also, through her work at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, she examined health needs of hard to reach communities to understand factors contributing to hospital attendances and readmissions. At Warwick, Sudi’s work focusses on modelling and analysis of patient journeys for quality improvement. She is currently an investigator on a project funded by Prime Minister’s GP Access fund, where she is working with the WMS to evaluate the role of primary care in acute settings and best ways to manage frail patients in the community. Sudi publishes on factors contributing to unnecessary variations in patients’ care journeys; use of technology for health behaviours and programme evaluation.

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