This is a guest post and part of our ongoing Student Life series

By Ting Song, HDR Student, School of Computing and Information Technology

The 17th World Congress of Medical and Health Informatics (MedInfo2019) was held on August 25 to 30, 2019 in Lyon, France. MedInfo is a leading international academic conference organised by the International Medical Informatics Association on a biennial basis. It provides the opportunity for scientific exchange of cutting-edge health and medical informatics research and applications with the leading health informatics experts, medical practitioners, entrepreneurs, educators and HDR students worldwide.

The overarching theme of MedInfo2019 is “Health and Wellbeing: E-Networks for All”. The four thematic tracks are (1) interpreting health and biomedical data, (2) supporting care delivery, (3) enabling precision medicine and public health, and (4) the human element in medical informatics. The hot topics this year include the importance of social networks and patient-centred healthcare enabled by digital technologies.

PhD candidate Ting Song from Centre for IT-enabled Transformation (CITT) in the School of Computing and Information Technology, attended the conference to represent five CITT researchers to present three research projects. The scope of these projects spans from the redesign of clinical management processes for patients with alcohol use disorders, using inpatient portals to engage family caregivers in an acute care setting, to smartphone applications for chronic disease management in the community. Through addressing the various contemporary challenges in digital health, these projects drew substantial attention of the international scholars in the conference.

The learning of this trip for Ting is staying on top of the latest advancement in digital health, broaden research horizon, and the opportunity to meet, discuss and share research interest and passion for digital health with the leading international scholars and fellow PhD candidates. “This will be extremely valuable for my future work,” said Ting. Ting is supervised by Associate Professor Ping Yu and Dr Tingru Cui.