• University of Leeds

MedTech: Digital Health and Wearable Technology

Discover digital health and learn how wearable technology is transforming healthcare with this online MedTech course.

5,057 enrolled on this course

Medtech: Digital Health and wearable technology

MedTech: Digital Health and Wearable Technology

5,057 enrolled on this course

  • 2 weeks

  • 5 hours per week

  • Accreditation available

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Explore the opportunities and challenges of using digital devices in healthcare

Digital devices are revolutionising healthcare as we know it. On this course, you will explore the impact of these new technologies on healthcare professionals and their patients. Learn how digital devices in healthcare are designed and regulated, and explore if clinical supervision in MedTech is always important.

You will also study the types of wearable devices and sensors patients use and why. As you look to the future of this technology, you will consider the impact of the miniaturisation of implantable devices, and the challenges around devices’ use of big data on healthcare systems.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds Digital medicine has the potential to democratise healthcare as it gives patients a greater understanding of the body, and can allow health professionals to provide individually tailored guidance. It’s providing new ways to screen, diagnose and treat medical conditions, and presents a wide range of opportunities for people to be more involved in their own health care. You will learn how medtech develops, from bedside devices to wearable and implantable devices. You will explore how smart sensors record and collect data, work with healthcare systems, and discover the benefits for the NHS and other healthcare services. Meet leading academics, healthcare professionals and medtech innovators who will help you gain a better understanding of digital medicine, and how products and services are developed and implemented.

Skip to 0 minutes and 58 seconds You will also investigate the benefits and challenges associated with big data and the possible implications for the future of healthcare. Discover the expertise and work taking place at the University of Leeds in this field of medtech.

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  • Week 1

    What is digital medicine?

    • Welcome

      Before you get started, take some time to meet the educator who will support you throughout the course. You'll have the opportunity to meet your fellow learners and plan your learning journey.

    • What is digital medicine?

      In this activity, you explore what digital medicine means by considering its use within everyday life. You also look at the drivers for innovation using a timeline of technological development and its impact on healthcare.

    • Who are the stakeholders?

      In this activity, you consider how digital medicine impacts stakeholders. You also explore the innovation that is required to meet emerging needs and provide improved patient care.

    • Digital medicine challenges and opportunities

      In this activity, you explore the challenges and opportunities for technological innovation in digital medicine. You will also consider the ethical considerations involved in their development and delivery.

    • Revision

      This revision activity provides further opportunity for you to explore the topics covered this week. It is recommended that you complete this activity if you have upgraded access to the course.

    • Summary

      To close this week of the course, you have the opportunity to check your understanding, reflect on the week and explore the Glossary.

  • Week 2

    Technology and data in digital medicine

    • About Week 2

      This week, you will explore ways in which digital medicine is influencing screening, diagnosis and treatment. You also look at how big data is collected and stored, drawing on earlier discussions about ethics and regulations.

    • Sensors and wearables in digital medicine

      In this activity, you explore ways in which digital medicine is influencing screening, diagnosis and treatment. You look at wearable technology and the potential for future developments, such as implantable technologies.

    • The future of wearable technology

      In this activity, you explore the transition from wearable to implantable technology in digital medicine. You’ll also consider the impacts of a reduction in the size of implantable devices, and how they are powered.

    • Big data in digital medicine

      In this final activity, you consider the impact of big data on healthcare systems and providers. You will also look at the technological challenges surrounding the collection, storage and use of data.

    • Revision

      This revision activity provides further opportunity for you to explore the topics covered this week. It is recommended that you complete this activity if you have upgraded access to the course.

    • Summary

      This activity reflects on the two weeks of the course. There is also an opportunity for you to find out more about the range of courses available within School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds.

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

This course has been accredited by the CPD Certification Service, which means it can be used to provide evidence of your continuing professional development.

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe digital transformations to healthcare
  • Discuss patient and healthcare professionals’ needs and priorities
  • Reflect on the ethical, regulatory and accessibility challenges of digital medicine 
  • Articulate the commercial opportunities of digital medicine and contributions to healthcare
  • Debate the impact digital medicine has on patients, professionals and healthcare systems

Who is the course for?

This course is appropriate for anyone interested in MedTech and product design.

The course will be of particular interest to undergraduate students studying engineering, product design, and disciplines related to healthcare, and professionals working in the healthcare sector in a medical capacity or as MedTech designers.

Who will you learn with?

I'm Zhiqiang, a University Academic Fellow in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Leeds. I work in the area of wearable electronics and pervasive sensing technologies, with an emphasis on

Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

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