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Introduction to the Course

Introduction of this course.
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Dear ladies and gentlemen, I am Dr. Shabbir Syed-Abdul from Taipei Medical University. Welcomes to this new MOOC, dedicated to digital health solutions. This course is precisely about e-health tools with a more in-depth understanding of their applications to pediatric care, focused on the management of growth disorders. This online course is made possible thanks to an educational sponsorship from Merk Healthcare KGaA, an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, in collaboration with Taipei Medical University. This course is designed for educational purpose and do not contain any kind of product promotion or marketing. I hope many of you enrolled in my previous MOOCs. If yes, you know how well we plan our courses come up with interesting topics select internationally renowned speakers.
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And most importantly, we get engaged with the learners and discuss the topic about the MOOC when it’s online. Since Futurelearn will be rerunning these courses from time to time, you will have chances to take these courses if some of you have not yet taken. Dear ladies and gentlemen, I hope you will agree with me, if I say our lives have been divided into before COVID-19 and after COVID-19 years. No doubt, COVID-19 pandemics have devastated our economy, changed our lifestyles and modified our traditions and cultures. Digital health solutions are providing new opportunities to deliver personalized care from a distance and manage patients using telehealth and telemonitoring solutions.
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This course is about teaching you how one can manage growth disorder with eHealth tools. Now I will briefly introduce the speakers and content of this course by week wise. I am glad to introduce professor Paul Dimitri. He’s a professor of child health and a consultant in pediatric endocrinology. He is director of NIHR child and Young People MedTech Cooperative​. Also, he is working at National Institute for Health Research, National Children’s Specialty. Our other speaker is Dr. Luis-Fernandez Luque He is a Co-founder Adhera Health Inc (USA)​ and Chief Scientific Officer at Salumedia Labs (Spain)​. And our third speaker is Dr. Ekaterina Koledova, Senior Medical Director, Lead Endocrinology.
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She works at Global Medical Affairs, Merck Healthcare KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany​ ​ And also professor Rosa M. Banos, Professor of Psychopathology, from University of Valencia​, Spain. And another speaker, Dr. Pen-Hua Su, department of pediatrics Chung-Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan. And Dr.Dr. Guido Giunti, Adj. Prof. Digital Health Design and Development University of Oulu, Finland. Senior Researcher, TU Delft, Technology University of Delft, Netherlands. Digital Health Consultant at Hospital de Clinicas Jose de San Martin, Argentina. Now, I am going week by week, what we are going to teach you so that you get aware of the content of the course. Week one starts with e-health in diagnosis and management of growth disorders.
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Professor Paul Dimitri will be discussing on challenges and opportunities in diagnosis and management of growth disorders. Dr. Luis-Fernandez Luque will be talking on What is eHealth? Basic principles of digital health literacy. And professor, once again professor Paul Demetri will be talking on applications of e-health tools for the management of growth disorders now and in the future. Week two is regarding research in e-health in the management of growth disorders Dr. Luis Fernandez will be talking on the Methodological aspects of digital health research in chronic diseases. And again, professor Paul Dimitri on principles of child health technology development - from proof of concept to commercialization. And Dr. Ekaterina Koledova will talking on using connected devices to develop real-world evidence on adherence.
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Week 3 is dedicated for the to foster engagement and collaboration to support the development of e-health tools.
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Professor Paul Dimitri will be talking on working with patients and families: Unmet needs and co-design. Dr. Louis Fernandez on co-creation in digital health. And Dr. Guido Giunti, how to use gamification for health behavioral change.
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And our last week will be focused on patient to health care provider communication in the digital era: Personalization behavioral support- Future directions. Dr. Louis Fernandez will be for talking on Technology mediated communication between patients and health care providers. Professor Rosa Baños will be talking on introduction to behavioral psychology. Digital tools for supporting mental wellbeing for chronic conditions. Dr. Su, Personalized Digital patient program, support program for patients and caregivers in growth disorders. A study case from TUITEK. And now it’s very important please give attention on the instruction for course completion. Please complete all activities recommended in the course, complete the questionnaire at the end of each week.
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Active participation after watching the videos and reading the suggested articles we have given in the course. Leave your valuable feedbacks after each video and activity. This will create a more knowledge for your colleagues and co-learners. And don’t forget to mark uh as complete once you finish your activity. Because even if you read, if you see the video, if you don’t mark, it’ll looks like you have not done that activity. Let’s get started! Thank you.

Welcome to this course. Professor Shabbir will start to introduce you to this course’s educators and the main topics of each week. Welcome to meet our educator:

Paul Dimitri Professor Paul Dimitri BSc, MBChB, FRCPCH, Ph.D.
​ Professor of Child Health & Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology​ (Sheffield, UK​) Director, NIHR Children & Young People MedTech Cooperative​. National Institute for Health Research, National Children’s Specialty Lead​
Luis Fernandez-Luque Dr. Luis-Fernandez Luque PhD.
Co-founder Adhera Health Inc (USA)​ Chief Scientific Officer at Salumedia Labs (Spain)​
Ekaterina Koledova Dr. Ekaterina Koledova, MD. PhD
Senior Medical Director, Lead Endocrinology, Global Medical Affairs, Merck Healthcare KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany​
Rosa Professor. Rosa M. Banos, PhD
Professor of Psychopathology, University of Valencia​, Valencia, Spain
Su Dr. Pen-Hua Su, MD, PhD
Department of Pediatrics, Chung-Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan
Guido Dr. Guido Giunti, MD PhD
PAdj. Prof. Digital Health Design and Development, University of Oulu, Finland. Senior Researcher, TU Delft, The Netherlands, Digital Health Consultant, Hospital de Clinicas Jose de San Martin, Argentina

Learning topics

Week 1 eHealth in diagnosis and management of growth disorders 

  • Professor Paul Dimitri: Challenges and opportunities in diagnosis and management of growth disorders
  • Dr. Luis Fernandez Luque: What is eHealth? Basic principles of digital health literacy
  • Professor Paul Dimitri: The application of e-health tools for the management of growth disorders now and in the future 

Week 2 Research in eHealth in the management of  growth disorders

  • Dr. Luis Fernandez Luque: Methodological aspects of digital health research in chronic diseases
  • Professor Paul Dimitri: Principles of child health technology development – from proof of concept to commercialization
  • Dr. Ekaterina Koledova: Using connected devices to develop real-world evidence on adherence

Week 3 Strategies to foster engagement and collaboration to support the development of e-health tools

  • Professor Paul Dimitri: Working with patients and families: Unmet needs and co-design 
  • Dr. Luis Fernandez Luque: Co-creation in digital health 
  • Dr. Guido Giunti: How to use gamification for health behavioral change

Week 4 Patient to health care provider communication in the digital era: Personalization behavioral support- Future directions

  • Dr. Luis Fernandez Luque: Technology mediated communication between patients and health care providers
  • Prof. Rosa Baños: Introduction to Behavioral psychology. Digital tools for supporting mental wellbeing for chronic conditions
  • Dr. Pen-Hua Su: Personalized Digital patient support program for patients and caregivers in growth disorders. Study case from TUITEK.

We hope you enjoy the course. Thanks.

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