CHESS will look at the design, deployment, and evaluate connected care models that involve all of the stakeholders in the care of the patient, including the patient themselves.

The optimal path to successful Connected Health solutions is to map existing care pathways to identify opportunities for addressing unmet clinical needs through new technology enabled care models.

These new care models should be co-designed with end-users and then be subject to scrutiny in prospective trials to gather evidence regarding usability, and clinical and cost effectiveness and to identify routes to market.

However, widespread adoption of Connected Health models has been held back by the lack of a strong evidence base.

A change in design, development, implementation, and evaluation is needed that shifts from ‘technology push’ to a nuanced understanding of how technology addresses clinical needs and facilitates new, proactive care models that are acceptable to user groups and provide clinical and economic benefit.

Research programmes must address design at both technological and clinical needs levels. Much recent research, and its attempted application, has focused on either one or the other.

CHESS will bridge both the design and acceptance gap through four projects.

Project 1 (Design) – will increase understanding of how technology can enable caregiver-management of multi-morbid disease

Project 2 (Design) –  will explore the value of technology in empowering patients to achieve control and self-management of their rehabilitation following elective orthopaedic surgery

Project 3 (Acceptance) – will focus on the clinical population through the development of a new clinical trials model for Connected Health solutions

Project 4 (Acceptance) – will examine how gamification techniques could improve patient adoption of Connected Health solutions

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