Digital Media for Healthcare (DigHealth)

Healthcare and new digital media are considered two of the key pillars of life in the 21st century. The recent advances in different forms of digital media (4G and beyond communications, computing, mobile phones, IP networks (internet of things), digital and smart TV and web.2.0/web.3.0 technologies) compounded with similar developments in medicine and healthcare such as genomics, modern therapeutics and personalised medical technologies etc are having a profound effect on the way that these two pillars are shaping the daily lives of people everywhere.

The Digital Media for Healthcare Group conducts multidisciplinary research that addresses major problems and immediate healthcare challenges that are facing humanity today. The Group collaborates with leading medical scientists, doctors, computing and mobile communication and technology specialists linking patients and communities directly into solutions that mobilise the innovative technologies for healthcare. The group also lead on strategic research projects that have an immediate global impact and effect healthcare in the developing world.

Research themes

  • 4G mobile communications for healthcare systems (4G health)
  • mhealth-based internet of things (m-IoT)
  • Next generation of personalised healthcare
  • Bio-communication and genomic signal processing
  • Medical imaging and biomedical signal processing
  • Biologically inspired mobile computing systems
GROUP LEADER RESEARCHERS
Dr Nada Philip Talal Butt
  Nabeel Shaikh
ACADEMICS Manzoor Razzak
Dr Reem Kayyal  
Dr Shereen Nabhani  
Dr Nada Philip  
Professor Barbara Pierscionek  

Phd students

Completed

  1. Director of Sudy:’ The Impact of Social Networking and Internet of Things for Enhanced Diabetes Management in Saudi Arabia’. PhD started 2011. Student: Turki Alanzi.
  2. Director of Study: ‘Effectiveness of Emerging Mobile Diabetes Management Systems for Enhancement diabetes Management in the Saudi Arabia’. PhD started 2011. Student: Mohamed Alotabi.
  3. Director of Study: ‘Comparitive Study on Short-range Communications Modules for Next Generation Mobile ECG Management Systems’. MSc by research started 2013. Student: Luis Reblom.
  4. Director of Study: ‘Adaptive Human-Robot Interaction Platform for Long-Term Diabetic Behavioural Change Support’. MSc by research 2013. Student: Suhail Abood.
  5. Director of Study: ‘Impact of telehealth and telecare on patient outcomes in Croydon’. MSc by research 2013. Student: Bassel Odeh.
  6. Second Supervisor: ‘The impact of games in improving student study skills and information retention in the delivery of pharmacy education’. MSc by research 2013.
  7. Second Supervisor: ‘Security and Privacy issues of Internet of Things in Mobile Healthcare Applications’. MPhil 2012.  Student: Faisal Ali
  8. Second Supervisor: ‘Optimised Wireless Medical Quality of Service Issues in WiMAX and 3.75G Mobile Networks’. PhD 2012. Student: Ali Alinejad.

Current

  1. Director of Study: ‘Mobile health and Smart Cloud Computing for Innovative Integrated care for Chronic Disease Management’.  PhD started 2013. Student: Drishty Sobnath. Current
  2. Director of Study: ‘4G Health for Medical Video Streaming’. PhD started 2013. Student: Ikram Rehman. Current
  3. Director of Study: ‘Design and development of smart e-coaching and health process data mining for Smoking cessation management’. PhD started 2013. Student: Abdula Alsharif. Current
  4. Director of Study: ‘Enhanced eHealth implementation methodology to optimize healthcare service delivary’ PhD study started 2015. Student: Bakhtiyar Ahmad
  5. Director of Study: ‘Online resolution System for students’ complaints’. MSc by Research started March 2014. Student: M. Saleem. Current.

Research grants

  1. British Council UKIERI programme: ‘Study and development of non-invasive ambulatory respiratory and cardiac monitoring system for mobile health monitoring using photonic crystal fiber’. Prof. Andy Augousti, Dr Nada Philip and Professor Barbara Pierscionek. Value: £39,959. 2015.
  2. EU H2020: AEGLE - An analytics framework for integrated and personalized healthcare services in Europe. Prof. Barbara Pierscionek, Dr Nada Philip, Dr Reem Kayyali and Dr Shereen Nabhani. Value Euro 718,142. March 2015–18. http://www.aegle-uhealth.eu/
  3. EU FP7: WELCOME – Wearable Sensing and Smart Cloud Computing for Integrated Care to COPD Patients with Comorbidities – 2013–17. EU FP7. B. Pierscionek, S. Nabhani, R.Kayyali and N. Philip. Euro 631,351. 2013-2017. http://www.welcome-project.eu/home.aspx
  4. EU FP7 Marie Curie Actions Incoming International Fellowships (IIF) -  “LTeHealth – Long-Term e-Health Evolution for Improving Diabetic Social and Behavioural Change Management”. Dr Nada Philip. Euro 270,680. 2012–14. http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/99729_en.html  .
  5. British Council DELPHI grant for “e-health inclusion in Medical Higher education in Developing countries”. Professor Robert Istepanian and Dr Nada Philip. £72,000. 2010–12.

    Project objectives:

    - The introduction of innovative and strategic e-Health plans for medical education policy and research for Iraq.
    - Identify and implement two pilot and proof of concept e-health projects and trials as identified and classified as most needed for immediate healthcare services in Iraq.
    - Recommendations with lessons learned and future plans for Iraq healthcare policy adoptions, larger deployment and integration of e-health within the existing medical educational and healthcare system in the country.

  6. EU FP6 – E-Dispute Medical electronic Dispute (MeDispute) software platform for NHS UK. 
  7. EU FP6 – OTELO EU Project - Mobile Tele-Echography System Using an Ultra-light Robot (OTELO), Robert Istepanian, EU (2001–04).
  8. The Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE (2014): Nada Philip is part of one of the 10th finalists teams (SCANURSE) of in developing an innovative and integrated diagnostic technologies, helping citizens make their own reliable health diagnoses anywhere and anytime.
  9. London Creative and Digital Fusion Collaborative Awards Application:  Feasibility and acceptability of using a digital platform to deliver content of the Bridges stroke workbook and carers’ booklet’, Dr. Nada Philip. £10,000. 2014.
  10. London Creative and Digital Fusion Collaborative Awards Application: Curated Mobile Health Application Store. Dr. Nada Philip. £10,000. 2013. 
  11. “International Travel Grant”, Royal Academy of Engineering, International Travel Grant, IJB/KN/10-875, 2010, £600.
  12. “Feasibility study for Location Technologies within Healthcare Institutions”, Industry, Contracted Research with Philips, 2009, £4,000.

Collaborations

Medical

  • St George's Medical School, University of London
  • Birmingham Heartlands NHS Hospital
  • North West London NHS Hospital Trust

Industrial

  • Vodafone R&D Group, UK
  • Motorola, UK & USA Centres
  • Orange Plc, UK
  • SEMA/ Schlumberger Group- Spain

Academic

  • Loughborough University
  • Plymouth University
  • Brunel University
  • SWAN: South West London Academic Network
  • Harvard Medical School - Partners Telemedicine-USA
  • Universite D'Orleans - LVR- France
  • University of Zaragoza - Spain
  • Sandia Research Labs, New Mexico, USA
  • University of Idaho, USA (School of Rural Healthcare)
  • University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA (Elect and Comp Eng Dept)
  • University of Cyprus (Department of Computing)
  • National Technical University of Athens (Biomedical Eng. Laboratory)
  • Florida A& M University- Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA. (Mechanical Eng. Dept.)
  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (Elec & Computer Eng Department)
  • Texas Tech University, USA. (Health Services Department)
  • City University of Hong Kong (Electrical Eng Department)