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Digital Health


The Digital Health group leads interdisciplinary research in the use of digital technology to transform health and care delivery and to empower individuals to lead a healthy life. The group’s vision is to transform the current reactive primary care system (a point-of-care paradigm) into a proactive Health Navigator – a continuum-of-care paradigm capable of providing personalized and timely guidance and interventions, while availing real-time, individual- and population-level health information to individuals, the National Health Services (NHS) and its associated integrated care systems (ICS), and policymakers.

Our aim is to contribute to transforming the NHS’s role from treating diseases and illnesses to ensuring individuals remain healthy and health-navigated at all times, radically reducing illness incidences and associated cost and staffing burden on the NHS. The group develops secure informatics and cybernetics platforms as it co-designs solutions for a variety of populations, diseases, conditions, or concerns. The group is also leading innovative research on the “digital plumbing” of living spaces, including homes, planned living communities, and green grass small town developments. The group also contributes to requisite and underpinning research in the areas of Internet of Things, mobile and pervasive computing, microservices, accessibility, and health data analytics.

Group Leader

Professor Sumi Helal

Chair in Digital Health

Digital Health Group, Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre

+44 (0)1524 510307


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Christopher Bull

Dr Christopher Bull

Senior Research Associate

Digital Health Group

+44 (0)1524 593222 C51, C - Floor, InfoLab21
Mahsa Honary

Dr Mahsa Honary

Senior Research Associate

Digital Health Group

Wenjie Ruan

Dr Wenjie Ruan


Digital Health Group

B51, B - Floor, InfoLab21
Jiangtao Wang

Dr Jiangtao Wang

International Lecturer in Computer Science (BJTU)

Digital Health Group