Leading Digital Health research team joins Strathclyde

Health worker using a tablet computer with digital icons

One of the UK’s leading Digital Health research groups has joined the University of Strathclyde to accelerate the development and implementation of new technologies – in a new partnership helping to transform the way healthcare is delivered.

Known for her research in eHealth, patient experience and supportive care, Professor Roma Maguire, Professor of eHealth at the University of Surrey, is joining the Computer and Information Sciences Department at the University’s city centre campus in Glasgow. Two of Professor Maguire’s colleagues - Dr Lisa McCann and Dr Grigorios Kotronoulas – also join her, with an additional four researchers.

The University of Surrey team join the existing Strathclyde Digital Health research group, led by Dr Marilyn Lennon and Dr Matt-Mouley Bouamrane, to create one of the UK’s largest Digital Health research groups. Professor Maguire will remain as a visiting Professor at the University of Surrey.

Digital health technologies can empower patients, which in turn can help meet healthcare demand, supporting everyone to live longer, healthier lives in their communities.

Professor Maguire’s team’s expertise are in developing and testing Digital Health technologies to support people to manage their health across their lifespan.  Their work has focused on people with cancer, dementia and children with complex healthcare needs.  The team also harnesses significant expertise in the implementation and scaling of Digital Health technologies in the UK and internationally.  They are currently leading the EU FP7 eSMART study which is evaluating the impact of a mobile phone based remote patient monitoring system on chemotherapy related toxicity. The study will recruit over 1,000 people across five countries in Europe.

The team will also work closely with colleagues at the Digital Health and Care Institute (DHI), a Scottish Funding Council Innovation Centre hosted by Strathclyde.

Professor Maguire said: “Digital technology is key in addressing challenges facing health care delivery now and in the future. 

"Scotland has a worldwide reputation in the field of digital health and innovation; with a population of more than five million people requiring healthcare services across rural and urban environments, the country lends itself to being a great testbed for developing, trialling and implementing new technologies.

“We are looking forward to joining the ambitious and forward-thinking team at Strathclyde.”

Professor Ian Ruthven, Head of Computer and Information Sciences, said: “We’re honoured to welcome Professor Maguire and her team to the Department. With an ageing population, and a growing number of people with complex health needs, it’s clear that current models of care are unsustainable.

“By investing in Digital Health research, we can accelerate the development of technologies needed for community-based, person-centred care.”