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Dr Chris Paton

Dr Chris Paton

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Chris Paton's work around the LIFE project offers simulation based training in low income countries and is aimed at saving lives through innovative use of smartphones and mobile devices.

Chris Paton tells us how he uses open source softwares, online learning and mobile technology to improve healthcare delivery in low-resource settings.

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Chris Paton

Head of the Global Health Informatics Group

Global Health Informatics

Dr Chris Paton is the Group Head of the Global Health Informatics Group in the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health at the University of Oxford.

Following his training in clinical medicine, he specialised in Health Informatics and has led the development of a range of health informatics projects over the last 10 years in the UK and New Zealand. He became a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics in 2010 and received his Executive MBA in 2011. His research draws on cognitive psychology and information science to investigate how new digital technologies are being adopted for improving clinical practice in low and middle income countries.

Dr Paton is the founder of the Health Informatics Forum, an international network of health informatics professionals and academics with more than 10,000 members. The forum hosts a large range of free online courses from leading health informatics professors with over 130 hours of online lectures.

Current Projects:

Digital Health Adoption in LMICs

The Global Health Informatics Group are conducting a survey of digital health adoption in LMICs and investigating how the adoption of open source software and open data standards can promote clinical usability and interoperability (data sharing).

Team: Chris Paton, Steve Magare, Naomi Muinga, Hamish Fraser, John Powell

Funding: Health Systems Research Initiative (MRC, Wellcome, DFID, ESRC)

VR Simulation Training (LIFE: Life-saving Instruction for Emergencies)

The LIFE project investigates the use of virtual reality and mobile technology for delivering simulation training on the management of emergencies in LMICs. LIFE was a winner of the 2016 Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge for Development and was featured at CES 2017 to demonstrate the use of VR for medical training. The project has received press coverage the Oxford Mail, BBC Radio Oxford, Heart FM and was recently covered by the BBC South Today programme.

Team: Chris Paton, Mike English, Hilary Edgcombe, Naomi Muinga, Niall Winters, Anne Geniets, Jakob Rossner, Fred Were, Grace Irimu, John Wachira, Linden Baxter

Funding: Saving Lives at Birth (USAID, DFID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, NORAD, KOICA, Grand Challenges Canada), OxReach, Wellcome, HTC, Médecins Sans Frontières, The Skoll Foundation


Media: BBC South Today

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