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The power of data 2

Thursday, 01.10.2015 | 09:00 - 12:00

Organised by Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan R.O.C. in cooperation with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

The cutting edge of technological advances being used to understand health and health behaviours

The revolution in information technology has generated many new sources of data that can be used to understand the determinants of health in populations. Most of us are continually generating data in real time from the vast computing power, movement sensors, and GPS technology in the smartphones in our pockets.

The data we generate from our credit and loyalty cards track our purchases and provide detailed profiles of our lifestyles. Our browsing history online is tracked, allowing others to see what we are thinking. These data sources have been used extensively by intelligence and law enforcement agencies, but also by ourselves in the form of information like real-time traffic reports. The challenges and constraints in using them are less well understood than they might be by health researchers and policy-makers, but with sufficient safeguards they offer huge opportunities for analysis for health.

This parallel forum will take the audience to the cutting edge of technological advances being used to understand health and health behaviours.

Introduction

Harry Rutter, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Health from above: Innovative uses of satellite imaging

Chris Grundy, Geographical Information Systems, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Looking inside your shopping bag: The use of retail data to capture health lifestyles

Ben-Chang Shia, Director, Big Data Research Center & School of Management, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan R.O.C.

Health and the built environment: Google Street View

Ketevan Glonti, Research Fellow, Department of Health Services Research and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Interactive session using Google Street View

Ben-Chang Shia, Director, Big Data Research Center & School of Management, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan R.O.C.

Andrew Barnfield, Research Fellow, Department of Health Services Research and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Ketevan Glonti, Research Fellow, Department of Health Services Research and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Chair

Harry Rutter, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

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