In the run up to the Connected Health & Me conference
in November 2014, IPPOSI facilitated the establishment of patient / researcher teams as part of the ‘health hack’ component of the conference. The Health Hack concept promotes inter-disciplinary creative thinking by bringing together the key stakeholders in healthcare, and this is what unfolded at the conference. The patient-researcher teams developed their ideas in advance of the session with a view to identifying a ‘problem statement’ – i.e. the patient problem for which they would together try and identify a connected health solution – in partnership with conference delegates.
The relationships that developed as a result were not only confined to the conference. For example, one of the patient organisations – Move 4 Parkinson’s – began work on a separate Connected Health project as a result of being brought into contact with connected health researchers. This is precisely the kind of relationship and outcome that IPPOSI aims to foster and encourage.
With that in mind, IPPOSI facilitated the development of further patient-researcher relationships in the area of connected health via the ENJECT training programme (you can read more about that here) and through relationships with the ARCH initiative in UCD (read more about that here).