Pint of Science: Redesigning Healthcare
Healthcare is arguably, one of the most researched and popularised fields of study, with many associations to other fields and industries, it was appropriate that our first session in J.T. Pim’s discussed how research could change this field in the future. By looking at current research, we can get a glimpse of the scientific advancements happening in healthcare, and also an opportunity to examine possible implications of this research. During this event, we had three speakers from various scientific disciplines speak to us about redesigning healthcare.
First up, we had Dr Tim Jacquemard, a postdoctoral researcher at Future Neuro, who is researching how the digitisation of healthcare tools and electronic health records are being adopted by doctors to exchange medical information. He is particularly interested in identifying ethical and social issues surrounding the use of eHealth technologies.
Then, we had Naomi McElroy, a senior Medical Physicist in Tallaght hospital, speak about the diverse role of Medical Physics in medicine and patient care. Medical physicists work alongside healthcare professionals to provide solutions to prevent, diagnose and treat disease. Safeguarding patients, healthcare workers and staff from excessive or harmful exposure to radiation, is also an essential responsibity of medical physicists by ensuring a safe and effective environment.
Finally, Jack Banks, TCD PhD Candidate and Future Neuro researcher, spoke about how eHealth technology is being applied to improve services and care for people with epilepsy. Through anthropological and ethnographic case studies on a cohort of patients, carers and healthcare providers, he aims to provide a picture of the current barriers and facilitators to eHealth utilisation for epilepsy care.
This event would not have been possible without the generous support of the sponsors and volunteers so thanks to all for helping to make these great events possible.