GetAMoveOn: transforming health through enabling mobility

Current approaches in ehealth generally only reach a small part of the population that is already interested in fitness, personal data capture, or both. Their uptake is, furthermore, of dubious effect as two recent medical reviews have shown. To have a national impact on health and wellbeing, to reduce the crippling burden of long term health conditions and to move healthcare from the clinic to the community, we need to reach everyone, across a range of abilities and aspirations. We need to connect the potential of the technology with the potential of people and realise the benefits of a healthy, brilliant, population.

Realising this potential requires research on novel technical solutions, supported by theories from sports and health sciences on blending appropriate movement strategies for particular performance aspirations to behavioural and cognitive sciences on ways to engage people to make effective and meaningful progress. We need to understand what measures are appropriate not just to evaluate progress, but to guide it and adapt to it. To have meaningful impact across these dimensions we need to combine a range of expertise including sensor networks, data analytics, interactive visualisation, human computer interacton, online citizen engagement, behaviour change, sports, exercise.

In this network we focus on movement as a locus for health: it is our test case as it drives so many other benefits that are of value: economically, socially and culturally. The current call is the ideal opportunity to establish our proposed network to develop an interdisciplinary UK community that will address the EPSRC Grand Challenge of transforming community health and care through the delivery of tested technologies that promote wellbeing by providing timely, individualised feedback that encourages appropriate activities.