BCS Chester & North Wales: Gold in the Hills? Hazards on the Horizon? The Wild West of eHealth Apps

Wednesday 9 January 2019

6.00pm - 8.00pm

Nick Whitehead Theatre, Wrexham Glyndwr University, Mold Road, Wrexham, LL11 2AW

Recognising that many of you will be coming here straight from work, we will be providing refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits, cold drinks, buffet).

6.00pm arrival for tea, coffee, cold drinks and buffet. Talk from 6.30pm to circa 7.30pm. Finish 8pm.

Nowadays, eHealth apps are seemingly everywhere. In our pockets, on our wrists, our televisions, and of course our computers. We strap them to our bikes, our bodies and our clothing. We even implant them inside our bodies. They are designed to benefit our health, to get us fit, to keep us going, and to combat disease.

But, and there always is a but when new ideas come along, there may be drawbacks. They might collect our personal data, including biometrics. They might not be so accurate in the advice they give or the feedback they present. Their increasing prevalence may lead to them replacing (rather than complementing) medical support. Could they even be bad for our health?

One thing is for sure, eHealth apps are here to stay, and they will become ever more ubiquitous into the future. We need to be careful as we progress in this area. My talk will discuss a roadmap for eHealth app education, design and development, drawing specifically from my participation in, and experience of the 'eHealth Eurocampus', an EU-funded ERASMUS+ strategic partnership, involving Universities, Hospitals, and eHealth Companies from five EU nations.


Richard PickingRichard Picking is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction and is also Director of ARCLAb at Wrexham Glyndwr University. He completed his PhD thesis in 1996 in interactive hypermedia and multimedia design, under the supervision of Professor Cliff McKnight at Loughborough University.

He specializes in user interface design and evaluation for assisted living, and was the lead designer and technical manager for the FP6 EU-funded programme: “Easyline+: Low Cost Advanced White Goods for a Longer Independent Life of Elderly People”.

He has extensive experience in both academia and industry, and has worked as a user interface design expert on many projects in a wide range of industries, such as engineering, logistics, security, production control, healthcare, and e-commerce.