On 8 January 2019, Teesside University’s School of Health and Social Care delivered a live-streamed event with the Smart Health Leadership Centre at the Institute of Systems Science, National University of Singapore on the subject of Human Factors in the Digitalisation of Health Care.
Academics from both universities and professionals from industry including clinicians, engineers and systems scientists led presentations on this contemporary issue in global healthcare. Topics included Human Factors & Ergonomics, The Impact of Organisational Culture on Ergonomics and Human-Centric Design in a Smart Nation.
Advanced media technology offered delegates from the United Kingdom and Singapore the opportunity to participate in the live presentations and discussions simultaneously. The event attracted students from NUS Singapore and also current practitioners both from the UK and Singapore, who took time out from their daily practice in the NHS and other healthcare institutions to attend and develop their knowledge on the subject, through the information provided by our expert speakers.
Dr Susy Cook, Associate Dean (International), said “This was an amazing event that demonstrated the opportunities available to share, learn and further develop knowledge and possibilities, around both human ergonomics and digital health, and to enhance patient care through the partnership created between NUS (Smart Healthcare), Teesside University and the NHS.
"This joint webinar showed us that it is possible to push boundaries and do things differently across 6,500 miles. It has left people with ideas, questions and numerous possibilities for co-creating more events and communities of practice. A further event is planned for later in 2019."
Tamsin Greulich-Smith, Chief (Smart Health Leadership Centre, NUS), said “Our Smart Health Community of Practice has become established as a forum for innovative discussion and collaborative exploration, with the ambition of transforming the future experience of health through data, digital technology, and design.
This was an amazing event that demonstrated the opportunities available to share, learn and further develop knowledge and possibilities, around both human ergonomics and digital health, and to enhance patient care through the partnership created between NUS (Smart Healthcare), Teesside University and the NHS.
"We continually seek opportunities to enhance global learning and stimulate new ideas by partnering with others who are trying to make a difference. This collaboration with Teesside University’s School of Health and Social Care is a wonderful example of bringing different strengths together to make a bigger impact.
"I have been so impressed with the ambition and drive amongst the team at University of Teesside, and working together on this event has been very rewarding already.
“Healthcare can benefit tremendously from the opportunities arising from digital technologies and operating models, However it requires a change in approach and thinking, as well as the development of new skill sets, and a reimagining of the role of traditional activities. These issues and more were touched upon during our live international event, and we look forward to working together with the talented team in Teesside to explore further how we might make breakthroughs in integrating human-centred design as healthcare becomes ever more digital.”
Following on from the event, there are plans to further develop collaborative working between Teesside University and the National University of Singapore as the School of Health and Social Care, which already has established partnerships in Malaysia, continues its strategy of internationalisation.