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October 10 , 2016

Contact, Help, Advice and Information Network (CHAIN) is an online mutual support network for people working in health and social care. It gives people a simple and informal way of contacting each other to exchange ideas and share knowledge.  CHAIN is open to anyone working in health and social care, in the public, voluntary, education or private sector.  Join CHAIN

The five topic areas for new special interest groups within the Technologies sub-group are as follows.  Please click here to see the profiles of all co-facilitators.
 
1) Regenerative Medicine:
What it is: The replacement or regeneration of human cells, tissues and organs, to restore or establish normal function, usually involving the use of live cells and tissues to repair damaged or diseased tissue e.g bone-marrow transplantation, gene therapy, tissue engineering.
The offer: Are you interested in the adoption and use of cell therapies and regenerative medicine? How ready is the health care system to respond to the challenges and opportunities this brings? How can you prepare for this and what might be needed?

Co-facilitators: Andrew Webster, Professor in the Sociology of Science and Technology and Director of the Science & Technology Studies Unit, University of York; Bernie Stocks, Programme Manager, Highly Specialised Women and Children and Innovation, NHS England; Ahmed Syed, Public Health Specialist, NHS England.

2) Telecare, telemedicine, teleconsulting:                  
What it is:  The use of technology to provide remote care to patients via video-conferencing, e-mail or other technology systems.
The offer: Are you using or exploring the use of telehealthcare or other forms of remote consulting such as video or e-mail consulting?  If you would like to inform others of your work, seek collaborations or just learn more about what is happening in this area join this special interest group to share your ideas and intelligence.

Co-facilitators: Prof. Brian McKinstry, Researcher/GP, University of Edinburgh; Alys Mathers, Speech and Language Therapist,  Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust; Karen Waite, Senior Telemedicine Consultant, Ontario Telemedicine Network, Canada

3) Bio-technical and adaptive Devices:
What it is: Technology to assist the physical disabled to lead life on a level playing field, from sensory & communication replacement to bio-technical limb prosthetics.
The offer: Are you at the fore-front of research and/or developing technologies to enhance the abilities of those with disabilities? If you would like to communicate with others who are working with similar goals then join this special interest group to get networking.

Co-facilitator: Dominic Tooley, Senior Charge Nurse, Western Isles Health Board, Scotland

4) The use of social media:   
What it is:  The use of social media such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook for professional purposes in health and social care.
The offer: Are you using social media to engage with your staff?  With service users?  To disseminate your research?  To keep up to date with developments in your field?  Join this special interest group to share ideas and improve your professional use of social media.  

Co-facilitator: Alys Mathers, Speech and Language Therapist,  Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust; Lesley Diack, Professor of Transdisciplinary and Technology Enhanced Learning, Robert Gordon University; Vimal Sriram, Learning and Improvement Fellow, NIHR CLAHRC NWL; Nathaniel Mills, Project Manager - Paediatric Theme, NIHR Devices for Dignity HTC; Dr Mahfuz Ashraf
Lecturer/Assistant Director, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Australia

5) Applied Information Technology:
What it is: The programs, apps, interfaces and computer devices that support front line clinicians in recording and accessing patient data, best practice knowledge and safety audits to enhance care delivery in primary and secondary care.
The offer: Are you passionate about handling real time data to enhance patient care? Moving forward from audit cycles to real time improvement for every patient, every time? If so network with those of a similar mind by joining this sub group of CHAIN technologies to share ideas, research and experience.

Co-facilitator: Dominic Tooley, Senior Charge Nurse, Western Isles Health Board; Lesley Diack, Professor of Transdisciplinary and Technology Enhanced Learning, Robert Gordon University; Matthew Allsop, Research Fellow in Applied Health, Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds

As with the wider CHAIN network and Technologies sub-group, each new special interest group will promote the sharing of experience, ideas and opportunities across practitioners, researchers, managers and educators from the widest possible range of organisations.

Excerpted from CHAIN network message.

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