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Capitalizing on Patient Reported Outcome Measures, Wearables, and Smartphones Towards Developing New Clinical Decision Support Tools for Frequent, Remote, Longitudinal Monitoring of Chronic Disorders
Athanasios Tsanas, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Psychological Perspectives and Challenges Towards Information Technology
Thomas Ostermann, Universität Witten/Herdecke, Germany

 

Capitalizing on Patient Reported Outcome Measures, Wearables, and Smartphones Towards Developing New Clinical Decision Support Tools for Frequent, Remote, Longitudinal Monitoring of Chronic Disorders

Athanasios Tsanas
University of Edinburgh
United Kingdom
 

Brief Bio
Thanasis studied Engineering for his undergraduate and MSc degrees and completed a PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Oxford (2012). He continued working at the University of Oxford as a Research Fellow in Biomedical Engineering and Applied Mathematics (2012-2016), Stipendiary Lecturer in Engineering Science (2014-2016), and Lecturer in Statistical Research Methods (2016-2019); he joined the Usher Institute, Edinburgh Medical School, University of Edinburgh in January 2017 on a prestigious tenure-track Chancellor’s Fellowship. He secured tenure a year early, in December 2019, and was promoted to Associate Professor in Data Science (May 2020). Thanasis founded and leads the inter-disciplinary Data Analytics Research and Technology in Healthcare (DARTH) group (www.darth-group.com). He received the Andrew Goudie award (top PhD student across all disciplines, St. Cross, University of Oxford, 2011), the EPSRC Doctoral Prize award (2012), won the annual Physionet competition on 'Predicting mortality of ICU patients' (2012, as a key member of the Oxford biomedical engineering team) the young scientist award (MAVEBA, 2013), the EPSRC Statistics and Machine Learning award (2015), and won a ‘Best reviewer award’ from the IEEE Journal of Biomedical Health Informatics (2015). One of his research papers has been highlighted as a ‘key scientific article’ in Renewable Energy and Global Innovations, whilst some of his work has been covered in the media including Reuters. He leads the development and delivery of the 'Clinical Decision Support and Actionable Data Analytics' theme in the NHS Digital Academy, an innovative leadership programme in the UK which aims to annually train 100 CIOs and CCIOs and transform the NHS. He sits on the Editorial Boards of JMIR Mental Health and JMIR mHealth and uHealth. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.


Abstract
Chronic disorders strain national health systems worldwide, and require patients’ regular longitudinal monitoring to optimize treatment and decide on optimal interventions. In this talk, I will highlight and describe approaches we have developed to process a range of data modalities including patient reported outcome measures and passively collected data such as actigraphy, heart rate, and geolocation to monitor people with bipolar disorders, borderline personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, and stroke. Collectively, these findings illustrate the potential of capitalizing increasingly available sensors and data along with smart algorithmic processing tools to develop novel, affordable, easy-to-use clinical decision support tools to improve patient care.



 

 

Psychological Perspectives and Challenges Towards Information Technology

Thomas Ostermann
Universität Witten/Herdecke
Germany
 

Brief Bio
Thomas Ostermann received his MSc in Mathematics and Physics in 1995 from the University of Osnabruck . After finalizing his doctoral degree at the Institute of Physiology, Witten/Herdecke University on Speech recognition he worked as Senior Methodologist at the Institute for Integrative Medicine at Witten/Herdecke University. In 2006 he received his PhD in „Health Services Research“  which in 2009 was extended for “Informatics, Medical Biometrics and Epidemiology”. In 2011 he became Professor for Research Methodology and Information Systems in Complementary Medicine and in 2015 he was appointed to the newly created Chair of Research Methodology and Statistics in Psychology. In 2016 he was elected as Head of the Department of Psychology and Psychotherapy. His research interests include the development and application of statistical methods for Health Services Research and Psychology, Research in Digital aspects of Creative Arts Therapies and the development of E-Health and M-Health applications. 


Abstract
Psychology is a quite young discipline in the field of medicine. Established from Wilhelm Wundt in the second half of the 19th century it very soon got its first contacts to information technology. This keynote outlines the relationship of psychology and information technology from the very beginning in the fields of clinical and educational applications and human interaction aspects and illustrates the current development towards a field of digital mental health. In particular, the use of Virtual Reality as a an approach in the treatment mental disorders and diseases such as Anxiety disorders or Parkinson’s disease, the therapeutic use of AVATARS in patients with auditory verbal hallucinations, the predictive power of digital drawing applications i.e. to detect Alzheimer’s disease, or the attitude to robots in the health care system are spotlights illustrating the growing interaction of these domains which are addressed in this keynote. But also critical questions on the impact of digitalization on human identity i.e. in child development, working environment or in the increased use of wearables and smart applications in leisure time fostering a need of quantification of life are touched.



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