Short course in health app design at UCL, March 2015

SCFarr11: Designing Apps Short Course

This one-day course is part of a series of short courses from the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research which aims to integrate research and capacity development in order to improve health and healthcare.CHI+MED’s Dr Chris Vincent is one of the course leaders along with Dr Henry Potts from UCL and their bios are below.

Short Course: Designing Apps

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This one-day short course provides an introduction to developing smartphone apps or other digital interventions in healthcare.

  • How can we design effective apps?
  • What theories of behaviour inform app design?
  • What are the regulatory and safety issues around apps?
  • How can apps be funded or commercialised?
  • How can apps best be evaluated?

We will be addressing these and other questions.

The course will be focussing on m-health (healthcare on mobile phones), but is relevant to anyone interested in the use of technology to support novel ways of delivering health care.

Course Title: Designing Apps
Course Code: SCFARR11
Date: Thursday 19 March, 2015
Venue: Farr Institute London
Capacity: 30 participants
Course Team: Dr Henry Potts and Dr Chris Vincent
Course Fee: £350
Prerequisites: None
Course enquiries: or +44 (0)20 3549 5299

Who are these courses for?
The courses are intended for people with from a wide range of backgrounds – including health care, epidemiology, biostatistics, health informatics, NHS IT, bioinformatics, genomics and computer science – and at different career stages, from those thinking of doing an MSc or PhD to established researchers.


Dr Henry Potts
Henry’s research focuses on the adoption of new information and communication technologies in healthcare, including in medical education. Generally, he is coming from a sociotechnical perspective. Currently, Henry is developing resources to support the adoption of new services in m-health. He looks at the use of the Internet, in particular newer models focusing on user-generated content and peer-to-peer support. He also studies sociotechnical implications of various health technologies, like electronic healthcare records and decision support systems.

Dr Chris Vincent
Chris is based at the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC). His work involves understanding the relationship between human factors, human error and the design and use of medical technology. He provides tools and techniques to optimise the safety and usability of medical technology (e.g. personas, scenarios, use cases, design patterns, heuristic evaluation and risk management techniques). He has published research relating to the safety and usability of medical devices, the representation of complex systems and the definition of human capabilities relating to visual perception / cognitive psychology.

Other themes in the Farr Institute’s short course series on Harnessing Electronic Health Records for Research include:
• Using National Patient Data in Research (week one)
• Deeper Electronic Health Records Data for Better Research (week two)
• Putting the Patient at the Centre (week three)

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