Teams across WMS look at the use of technology in healthcare, how it impacts on the experience of receiving and delivering health care, ethical and social dilemmas arising from its use and its impact on health outcomes.
Digital health teaching
We run an online Master's level course for health professionals on the use of Digital Communication for Health and teach our medical students how to be a digital doctor.
Rehabilitation technologies for health
We are interested in rehabilitation interventions for people with neurological disability, particularly those with acquired brain injury. These interventions include new approaches to imaging brain injury as well as use of rehabilitation robots.
These devices can improve people’s lives in many ways, helping them to regain mobility and independence when unwell or frail.
Academic Primary Care
Digital primary healthcare in the UK
We focus on digitally-supported pathways for the access and delivery of primary care in the UK such as remote consultation, decision support software and digital platforms. We conduct research that informs the development, promotion and commissioning of such tools.
Supporting the wellbeing of carers
We have developed and are evaluating the Care Companion, an online platform to support the resilience and well-being of family carers.
Medicine, Ethics and Society
Robotics for health
We are interested in the ethical issues that arise in the use of robotic and assistive technology and seek opportunities to work with developers towards ‘ethics by design’.
Digital communication for health
Our research includes understanding how digital communication channels in common use are being deployed in healthcare in the UK and in low resource settings in Africa and South Asia. Find out more about this work.
We run an online course for health professionals considering the use of digital communication in their setting and we teach our medical students to be digital doctors through a Student Selected Module and support them in related research projects.
Artificial Intelligence and healthcare
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasingly being used to assist healthcare practitioners to deliver services to patients. It is outperforming doctors in some narrowly defined areas and improving rapidly and growing in scope. AI may even replace many healthcare roles as currently conceived. We are interested in the social and ethical implications of such a future. Find out more.