• Future of tech for Mental Health

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    The internet, smartphones and AI are increasingly being used to provide mental healthcare. These digital technologies are praised for being accessible, tailored and cost-effective, but what are the implications of using them, and what is to come? Join us to discuss lessons learned, opportunities and risks from clinical, ethical and technological perspectives. We’ll explore: - What can and can’t digital technology do for mental healthcare? - What long-term impact might tech have on mental healthcare? Our speakers: Emma Selby - Clinical Nurse Specialist at NELFT NHS Foundation Trust who runs her own SME creating healthcare apps for mental health and working with app providers to increase access (www.digitalmentality.co.uk). Cat Turner - Co-founder of Cult and co-creator of the first voice-based anxiety app Mindscape (http://cultmindscape.com/). Mindscape combines AI, voice technology and sound therapy and works on Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Elvira Perez Vallejos - Dr Elvira Perez Vallejos is an Associate Professor at NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health and Digital Technologies. She is interested on the ethical challenges embedded in digital solutions for mental health including the widespread use of machine learning/AI methods. She has experience on Responsible Research and Innovation, Data Ethics as well as on Data Privacy, Online Consent, Co-Production, User-centric design, Creative Practices for Recovery, Experimental Psychology, and Participatory Research with Children and Young People, and Older Adults.(https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?hl=en&user=3OCysYwAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate) Agenda: 6.30pm - welcome, food and drink 7.00pm - 8.00pm - speakers' presentations 8.00pm - 8.30pm - Q&A and discussions 8.30pm - 9.30pm - networking and wrap up Places are limited so please let us know in advance if you can't make it so another member can take your place. Hope to see you there! PS: We're hiring! https://www.ctrl-group.com/careers/

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  • Voice-based AI for Health

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    Voice based AI is currently at the forefront of technological innovation. But how might it transform healthcare? Join us to discuss emerging and possible future applications of voice-based AI for health. We'll be exploring: • How voice-based conversational interfaces can drive more personalised healthcare • Diagnosis by AI-led interfaces. Our speakers Nick de Pennington - Founder of voice-based AI health startup Ufonia (https://venturefestoxford.com/portfolio-item/ufonia/) - will introduce their autonomous speech-based system for monitoring health and wellness. UCL Professor of Speech Sciences Mark Huckvale will join us to talk about his work with voice analysis technologies and their applications in physical and mental health contexts. Find out more about Mark's past and present work using voice technologies on Wellcome Trust funded Avatar Therapy (http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/project/avtherapy/). Agenda 6:30pm Demos, drinks & snacks. 7pm Speaker-led talks 7.45pm Open discussion 8pm Drinks at the studio. Places are limited so please let us know in advance if you can't make it so another member can take your place. Hope to see you there!

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  • Virtual reality for health

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    In our next Mobile Health Meetup, we'll explore the potential, challenges and ethics of virtual reality (VR) in healthcare. We’ll be joined by Isabel Van De Keere from Immersive Rehab (https://immersiverehab.com/) and Skip Rizzo (http://ict.usc.edu/profile/albert-skip-rizzo/), VR pioneer, beaming in on Google Hangouts. Over the past decade VR has been applied to a range of medical contexts. As the technology has become more sophisticated and accessible, its promise to disrupt the field has been hailed as revolutionary. It can transform medical training (https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2016/oct/19/virtual-reality-game-healthcare-hospitals-simulation) through direct demonstrations of surgery and empathy, alleviate pain (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12297569) for burn victims and accelerate physical rehabilitation (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-30/reimagining-rehabilitation-with-help-of-virtual-reality/8397276) for multiple types of injury. The evening's speakers are each pushing the boundaries for new uses of VR in healthcare, each in different ways. The conversation will trace their vision for the future, the mechanisms that they harness, and the broader risks that they raise. More about our speakers: Isabel Van De Keere (https://twitter.com/scienceroadie?lang=en) is Founder / CEO of Immersive Rehab (https://immersiverehab.com/), creating interactive physiotherapy programmes in VR that improve the effectiveness of physical & neuro-rehabilitation. Immersive Rehab was part of the Autumn 2016 cohort of the Bethnal Green Ventures Tech For Good accelerator programme (https://bethnalgreenventures.com/). A pioneer in the field, Skip Rizzo (http://ict.usc.edu/profile/albert-skip-rizzo/) is the Director for Medical Virtual Reality at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. His award winning work uses virtual reality-based exposure therapy to treat PTSD. Rizzo is currently examining the use of VR for training emotional coping skills to prepare service members for the stresses of combat. As always we'll invite attendees to share their views too, and look forward to a good lively discussion. Agenda: 6:30pm - Doors open for networking. Food and drink provided. 7pm - Panel conversation and open discussion. 8pm - Drinks at the studio. Live stream: For those tuning in from out of town, follow the discussion live here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0c3r3vpmQE) from 7pm GMT. Image credit: MIT startup lets seniors enter the world of virtual reality, The Boston Globe (https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/05/12/mit-startup-lets-seniors-enter-world-virtual-reality/XbaWge6EseufMYu2tZ87TN/story.html)

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  • Exploring design around end of life care

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    In our 7th Mobile Health Meetup, Ivor Williams (https://twitter.com/ivorinfo?lang=en) - Senior Design Associate at the Helix Centre (http://helixcentre.com/) and co-founder of Humane Engineering (http://humaneengineering.com/) - and Cassie Robinson (https://twitter.com/CassieRobinson?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) - director of strategy and research at Doteveryone (https://doteveryone.org.uk/), service designer and researcher at the Co-op (http://www.coop.co.uk/), and co-founder of The Point People (http://www.thepointpeople.com/) - will join us to talk about digital and service design for end of life care. More people are beginning to engage with the reality of death and dying. In an Age UK survey (http://www.ageuk.org.uk/Documents/EN-GB/For-professionals/Research/Age%20UK%20End%20of%20Life%20Evidence%20Review%202013.pdf?dtrk=true) in 2013, 70% of those questioned were comfortable talking about death. Yet less than one third have discussed their wishes about their end of life with someone else. Although the UK is globally recognised for world-leading palliative care, the reality is more complicated. Often, the desired care is difficult to deliver. Design can play a pivotal part in improving the experience of end of life care for patients, families, carers and healthcare professionals. But it requires sensitivity, and an approach that is still in its infancy. Across their respective roles – as researchers, designers and prototypers – Ivor and Cassie share a deep-rooted commitment to social and cultural change in this area. In their work, they have engaged with the range of people, organisations and systems that define a modern death. It has given them a unique insight into the challenges, opportunities and issues around designing services, products and experiences for end of life care. During this evening’s conversation Ivor and Cassie will talk around some key projects, and open up the discussion around what a modern healthcare system can do to make everyone’s death a dignified and peaceful one. As always we'll invite attendees to share their experiences too, and look forward to another thoughtful and thought-provoking discussion. Agenda: 6:30 pm - Doors open for networking. Food and drink will be provided. 7pm - Talk and open discussion. 8pm - Drinks at the studio. Image credit: Cove app (http://www.cove-app.com/#about)

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  • Designing with the dementia community

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    In our 6th Mobile Health Meetup, we'll be joined by Holly Brenan (https://twitter.com/andhollyb) from ustwo (https://ustwo.com/) and Alice Osborne (https://twitter.com/aliceosborne) from Active Minds (http://www.active-minds.co.uk/) to talk about designing with the dementia community - across digital and non-digital products and services. Across the UK there are 850,000 people with dementia, a number expected to increase to over 1 million by 2025. People with dementia are often stigmatised, but their daily lives involve personal stories, relationships, talents and skills, and ways of finding joy, connection and meaning - just like us all. There is huge potential for the objects and experiences that surround them to be empowering. Both Holly and Alice are designers who are shaping what's possible in this space. Holly's project with ustwo piloted a digital product (https://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2016/jul/26/nursing-home-technology-improve-care) that uses natural language recognition to support care and management staff in dementia care homes. Alice has worked extensively across digital and non-digital experiences to improve the future of elderly care, with Active Minds' focus turned to well-made, human-centred and evidence-based activity products and games (https://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2012/nov/29/creative-approach-dementia-active-minds) for better quality of life. We'll join in to share from our project Dementia Citizens (https://www.ctrl-group.com/blog/2016/08/12/dementia-citizens-learnings/), and together we'll explore our divergent and collective perspectives across the challenges and potential for designing with dementia. As always we'll invite attendees to share their experiences too, and look forward to a good lively discussion. Agenda: 6:30 pm - Doors open for networking. Food and drink will be provided. 7pm - Talk and open discussion. 8pm - Drinks at the studio.

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  • Rethinking research ethics for digital health

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    In our 5th Mobile Health Meetup, we'll be joined by Dr. Dan O'Connor (https://www.theguardian.com/profile/dan-o-connor), Head of Humanities and Social Science at Wellcome Trust (https://wellcome.ac.uk/) to look at how the evolving landscape of digital health means potentially radical change for the ethics of research. Social and digital media, from giant networks like Facebook and Twitter, to dedicated community platforms such as PatientsLikeMe (https://www.patientslikeme.com/) and Dementia Citizens (http://dementiacitizens.org/), are changing the way that health research can be done. These changes represent new and complex ethical challenges. Existing research ethics frameworks, developed in the mid- to late Twentieth Century in response to historic scandals in human experimentation, may not be fit for the purpose of addressing these new social and digital research challenges. In this talk, Dr Dan O’Connor will explore some of these new ethical challenges and present some new ethical frameworks for dealing with them. As always we'll invite attendees to share their experiences too, and look forward to a good lively discussion! Agenda: 6:30 pm - Doors open for networking. Food and drink will be provided. 7pm - Talk and open discussion. 8pm - Pub - The Princess of Shoreditch NB - Since our last Meetup SP+EE has undergone a rebrand and we are now called Ctrl Group. We hope the name change hasn't caused too much confusion! Our team, our focus on health and technology, and this Meetup group haven't changed.

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  • Overcoming Barriers to Developing Medical Apps

    For our 4th Mobile Health Meetup we’ll be taking about the barriers to innovation for healthcare app developers, and ways in which they can be addressed effectively and inexpensively. We’ll be joined by Matt Hartley, co-founder of https://healthforge.io/, a cloud platform for healthcare app developers that’s designed to break down some of the technical barriers to getting healthcare apps to market. Matt and the Healthforge team previously worked at Moorfields Eye Hospital, where they developed and deployed the hospital’s Electronic Patient Record, an open source web app called http://www.openeyes.org.uk/. The Healthforge platform is their attempt to address the challenges they experienced getting product to market for other innovators in the space. All attendees are encouraged to share their experiences too! Agenda: - 6:30 pm - Doors open for networking. Food and drink will be provided. - 7pm - Talk and open discussion - 8pm - Pub - The Princess of Shoreditch

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  • Sequencing Ebola in the Field

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    For our third Mobile Health Meetup we’ll be talking about how new technology is enabling new forms of medical research to move from the lab into the field. We’ll be joined by Lauren Cowley (https://twitter.com/LaurenCowley4), a PhD student in bioinformatics and public health at Public Health England (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england). Lauren recently returned from volunteering as a field researcher in Guinea where she sequenced new cases of the Ebola virus in order to figure out the transmission chain. This research was enabled by Oxford Nanopore’s MinION (https://www.nanoporetech.com/products-services/minion-mki) – a portable, USB-powered genetic sequencer – and gave rapid results (within 48 hours of receiving a DNA sample) to the epidemiologists who were fighting the epidemic. Lauren, who also worked in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak, will be talking about her experience in the field, and of some of the challenges of working in a mobile research laboratory. 6:30pm - Doors open for drinks and networking 7pm - Talk and discussion 8pm - Pub Hope to see you there! Image credits: Lauren Cowley (https://twitter.com/LaurenCowley4)

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  • Health Outcomes

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    Health Outcomes: How emerging healthcare models create digital health opportunities. Following the success of the first Mobile Health Meetup! in April, we wanted to invite you to our second meetup the main topic of which will be Health Outcomes. We will be joined by Dr Rupert Dunbar-Rees, founder/CEO at Outcomes Based Healthcare (OBH), and a GP by background; Dr Nasrin Hafezparast, co-founder and technology lead at OBH who is qualified in both Computer Science and Medicine, and speaker at TEDx Tehran around Breaking through the disease barrier. Together they will share their thoughts on the shifting focus to a sustainable healthcare system through incentivising health outcomes, what that means in practice, and how this emerging approach can provide scope for digital and technology innovations. Please bring your questions and opinions and join us for a beer or a glass of wine, pizza and lots of interesting discussions.

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  • Apple's ResearchKit

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    We are very excited to announce the first Mobile Health Meetup! The main topic of discussion for this meetup will be Apple's ResearchKit. We will be joined by Max Little who is an applied mathematician who has led the Parkinson's Voice Initiative, in which he and his team developed a cheap and simple tool that uses precise voice analysis software to detect Parkinson's disease. See Max's TED talk (https://www.ted.com/talks/max_little_a_test_for_parkinson_s_with_a_phone_call) for more details on this. More recently Max has been working on the Parkinson's mPower app, developed by Sage Bionetworks and launched with the announcement of the Apple ResearchKit in March. Max will be with us to share his thoughts around the "the accelerating potential of consumer technologies in clinical research" and we will explore this and ask: What role ResearchKit may play in the changing clinical research landscape? How do we imagine the open source community around ResearchKit developing? What are the big barriers that ResearchKit faces? Please bring your questions and opinions and join us for a beer or a glass of wine, pizza and lots of interesting discussions. Hope to see you there!

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