Telemedicine & eHealth 2015: Wearables and the caring home


Monday 23 November 2015
to Tuesday 24 November 2015

2 day

Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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Telemedicine & eHealth Section


12 CPD points

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about this event

This two day event will focus on two linked topics. The first day will explore 'wearables' and the second day will investigate 'the caring home'. Rates are available for one day or two days. 


The purpose of day one is to explore the many ways in which worn technology can improve the health and wellbeing of patients. The popular image, much promoted by major suppliers, is of devices to improve the performance of elite sportsmen and serious fitness types. Wear one, the adverts suggest, and you will instantly become healthier. The reality is of course very different. Indeed the marketing focus of wearables on younger people means that those who would typically benefit most – the older and the frail – often are not offered the benefits of appropriately chosen kit.

Therefore, day one of this event aims to counter that impression by helping attendees to understand the wide range of wearables available that confer health and wellbeing benefits. As such it will be appropriate for any clinician with an enquiring mind keen to understand what more wearables can do to improve the lives of their patients.

Particular themes include the use of wearables to enable dignity, to support public health, to assist in clinical drug trials, to provide sensory enhancement for disabled people, to cure musculoskeletal disorders, and to measure physical activity. The devices covered will be everything from skin tattoos, through clothing to intelligent ostomy bags.

*******DAY TWO: THE CARING HOME*******

Day two of the event will be concentrate on the caring home. The two areas of smart homes and assisted living have developed separately however there are two clear areas of overlap. The objective of both smart homes and assisted living is to improve the quality of life (QoL) of the residents and there is also overlap in terms of technology in that they both use the telecommunications infrastructure.

In both areas there has been considerable research and pilot activity but progress towards large scale implementation has been slow. The need to build on good practice in these areas is now even more pressing with the statement from NHS England that “out-of-hospital care needs to become a much larger part of what the NHS does”.

Where will this care be delivered but in the home! Most people are ill at home and become increasingly frail at home. The need is for homes that are intelligent and connected, creating homes that are care enabled so appropriate levels of support can be provided quickly when required. The home then becomes a 'caring home'.

The vision is for all homes to have the capacity to be caring homes. The speakers on this day will describe current thinking and activity in this area with plenty of time for discussion. 


Monday 23 November 2015


9.00 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.30 am


9.35 am

Increasing user adoption

Mr Tim Ellis, Senior Analyst, First Partner

10.05 am

From watches to portable electroencephalography: A new understanding of public health in cities

Dr Andrew Hudson-Smith, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Director and Reader in Digital Urban Systems, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London

10.30 am

Tea and coffee break

10.50 am

Gamifying back pain away, with wearables

Dr Robert MacKenzie, Product Manager, Personal Therapy Devices, Valedo, Switzerland

11.15 am

Wearables for dignity

Professor Wendy Tindale OBE, Clinical Director, National Institute for Health Research Devices for Dignity, HTC

11.40 am

Wearables – for sensory enhancement

Mr Chris Lewis, Telecoms Industry Analyst, LewisInsight

12.05 pm

Towards smart healthcare spaces and the role of wearable technologies

Mr Saverio Romeo, Principal Analyst, Beecham Research Ltd

12.30 pm


1.15 pm

Telemedicine & eHealth Section AGM

For Section members only

1.30 pm

From disposable to wearable diagnostics - the medical benefits

Professor Jonathan Cooper, FREng, FRSE, Vice Principal and Wolfson Chair of Bioengineering, University of Glasgow

2.00 pm

eScent and smell wearable technology - for health and wellbeing

Dr Jenny Tillotson, Churchill Fellow and Founder of eScent, Healthcare Biotechnology Group, Institute of Biotechnology, University of Cambridge

2.25 pm

Wearable technologies for remote diagnosis of respiratory related conditions

Professor Esther Rodriguez-Villegas, Chair in Low Power Electronics and Director of Wearable Technologies Lab, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London

2.55 pm

Tea and coffee break

3.15 pm

Wearable sensors for disease-specific data collection in clinical trials – a pharma approach

Dr Luis Garcia-Gancedo, Senior Scientific Investigator, Platform Technology and Science, GSK

3.40 pm

Health-wearable research on physical activity, mental health, and smoking cessation

Dr Neal Lathia, Senior Research Associate, Computer Science Department, University of Cambridge

4.05 pm

“Sensory wearables and medical monitoring garments offer wellbeing without walls”

Mr Mark Pedley, Founder and Innovation Director, Smartlife

4.30 pm

The Google position on wearables

Mr Grant Allen, Google

4.55 pm

Completion of evaluation forms

5.10 pm

End of day one

Tuesday 24 November 2015


Chair: Beverly Castleton, Council Member, Telemedicine & eHealth Section, Royal Society of Medicine

9.00 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.30 am

Overview and introduction to Smart Homes and Buildings Association (SH&BA) report

Dr Richard Curry, Smart Homes and Buildings Association and the University of Portsmouth

9.55 am

Exploring the research into smart home environments: A review of the literature and highlighting opportunities for future work

Professor Suzanne Martin, Professor Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Life and Health Sciences, University of Ulster

10.20 am

“Home smart home - creative spaces for innovation and quality of life” - European RDI policies for the construction sector in the silver economy

Dr Alexander Peine, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

10.45 am

Meeting individuals housing and health needs through collaborative stakeholder practice

Mr Paraig o’Brien, Housing Adaptations Liaison Manager, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) and Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE)

11.10 am

Tea and coffee break

11.30 am

Social barriers to the adoption of smart homes

Dr Rosemary Davidson, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Health Research, University of Bedfordshire

11.55 am

Some ethical considerations in delivering telecare and telehealth

Mr Alan Clark, President, Telemedicine & eHealth Section, Royal Society of Medicine

12.20 pm

Secure caring home

Ms Caroline Rivett, Director and Mr Dimitri Petropoulos, Principal Advisor, KPMG

1.00 pm


Chair: Mr Alan Clark

2.00 pm

Visual monitoring of people in private spaces. From “big brother” to “good brother”

Dr Francisco Florez Revuelta, Senior Researcher, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, Kingston University

2.25 pm

Supporting the autonomy of adults with autism

Mr Mark Venn, University of Portsmouth

2.50 pm

Supporting people with disability

Mr Matthew Warnes, CEO, Adaptive Technology Europe Ltd (ATEL)

3.15 pm

Tea and coffee break

3.35 pm

How the internet-of-things can enhance self-care and prevention at home and across the city - the beginning of wellness discovery and entitlement

Mr Andrew Caleya Chetty, Thingful

4.00 pm

Smarter homes... better care?

Dr Mike Short CBE, Vice President, Telefonica

4.25 pm

Health and well-being in buildings

Professor Derek Clements–Croome, Professor Emeritus in Architectural Engineering School of the Built Environment, University of Reading, Chairman of CIBSE Intelligent Buildings Group and Editor in Chief for Intelligent Buildings International Journal

4.50 pm

Completion of evaluation forms

4.55 pm

Close of meeting

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