Digital healthcare

Innovative digital solutions will transform healthcare, advance patient care and safety, improve chronic disease management and enhance wellness and independence. These digital solutions can include, but are not limited to items such as:

  • Telehealth systems
  • Mobile health applications/devices
  • Medication monitoring equipment
  • Remote monitoring devices
  • Communication networks
  • Secured wireless communication medical devices.

The Digital healthcare environment is constantly evolving and has applications globally, facilitated by mobile technologies. Proposals in this area will need to react to the evolving environment and be strongly connected with industry in order to understand these changes.

The aim of a Digital healthcare Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) is to equip doctoral students with the necessary understanding of the underpinning research alongside the ability to know how to interact with industry and health professionals to translate this work and realise impact. The training should incorporate understanding of the importance of a systems approach to digital healthcare.

Proposals should give appropriate consideration to the data challenges created by digital healthcare solutions and could benefit from interacting with CDTs in the priority area of Data to Knowledge, as well as with the other CDTs in the Healthcare technologies area.

Proposals should offer multidisciplinary, translation-focused industrially and clinically relevant doctoral training that builds upon research excellence and will develop skilled people for the healthcare and life sciences sector.

Training should cover appropriate exposure to end user/ patient involvement, safety, regulatory and ethical approval processes, as well as topics such as risk management, life cycle analysis and systems-based approaches. Proposals should promote industrial and clinical connectivity. Joint supervision from the most appropriate disciplines is required.

Graduates should have the skills to innovate responsibly, with an appreciation of innovation and translation pathways (for example of clinical trials, health economics and socio-technological contexts).

Proposals should link appropriately to relevant training programmes funded through routes other than the CDT.