Health and Wellbeing

Health is a domain of immense significance to society, and of great strategic importance. The use of interactive technologies in clinical practice, preventative education and the treatment of chronic conditions has become pervasive. However, there is compelling evidence that current healthcare systems are under-performing: often unreliable, difficult to use, and failing to address the needs of clinicians and patients adequately. Surprisingly little attention has been paid to people's interactions with those technologies and designing effective interactions. The Health & Well Being theme includes research aimed at reducing errors with medical devices; investigating the positive and negative impacts of technology on work-life balance, and supporting those suffering from chronic pain to maintain a regular exercise programme.