Oxford playing 'key role' in next generation of mobile healthcare

03 November 2014

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From sensors to smartphones, research at Oxford is playing a key role in developing 21st century healthcare that harnesses ‘big data’ and new technology in order to improve the lives of patients across the globe.

In his seminar at the Oxford Martin School on 30 October, Dr David Clifton, Royal Academy of Engineering University Fellow in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford, explained that “the name of the game is not collecting data, it’s doing something with it”. Oxford, he said, was home to a network of academics working in health sciences, sharing best practice to create systems that can be used effectively and safely in the real world.

He said that while the aim was not to replace doctors or nurses, the ability to use cheaply available technology such as smartphones to monitor health could make a huge difference to healthcare provision in developing countries. To find out more, watch the video of Dr David Clifton's seminar.