IET and University of Bradford collaborate on 'Smart Healthcare' workshop

The two-day BLESS U workshop will bring together key stakeholders from different sectors and disciplines with an interest in and commitment to improving the efficiency and quality of healthcare service delivery, while shaping the future development of healthcare technologies worldwide.

The organisers have invited speakers from three different countries (UK, China and Indonesia) to share their current healthcare system practices and lessons learnt, as well as discuss recent healthcare technology innovations and how they have helped improve healthcare service delivery.

The workshop will consist of a panel session on current and future challenges in the sector and a brainstorming session on Creative, Innovative and Collaborative Healthcare to stimulate ideas that would help shape the future of healthcare, and look at future collaboration opportunities.

Finally, the workshop will conclude with a PhD challenge that will see participants deliver a three-minute thesis pitch with three cash prizes on offer.

Healthcare and the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to bring together a global network of billions of interconnected data-collecting devices and produce vast waves of big data. Transmission and processing of this huge amount of data requires a high-speed and high-processing-power underlying wireless infrastructure such as 5G. The combination of 5G, IoT, big data analytics, information and knowledge is set to transform the way how healthcare services can be delivered and potentially improve the patient’s experience.

Increasingly, virtual reality is regarded as the ‘next big thing’ in the technology world with the recent arrival of smartphone-compatible versions of VR such as Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR as well as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. VR is increasingly being used in a wide range of medical applications from treatments to training such as pain management, physiotherapy, fears and phobias, cognitive rehabilitation and training of doctors and nurses.

To register, and for more information, including the full programme and confirmed speakers, please visit the Creative and Smart Healthcare of the Future – BLESS U Workshop event page.