Marilyn Lennon

Marilyn Lennon

Senior lecturer in digital health and care for over 20 years. Passionate about creating technology that people want, can use, and that improve people's lives. Director for MSc. in Digital Health.

Location School of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.


  • not our choice unfortunately it is enforced by the Future Learn platform providers. Course is entirely free (ie we dont make a penny!) But I agree with you!

  • like numbers wise or chat wise?

  • definitely!

  • Good point......there are certainly people who collect data (our gov) without exolicit consent....but I think that often it is implied consent.

  • thanks Moni we can check this out

  • Agree - we should not simply be doing passive monitoring of everybody and should be collected and used ethically and meaingfully.

  • Agree Prakash I am really interested in this area. Most social care organisations only collected data in the past for auditing and not for prevention and service improvement.

  • Agree Viviane - we certainly dont want people to have data that would make them feel worse. I developed a pain management app once and the feedback was great except that many people did not want to see on the screen each day how bad they felt so giving the data back to people is not always the best solution

  • I totally agree on this many places not collecting and.or managing their data in ways that will allow them to do AI or machine learning or even analytics now or in the near future. We need to sort out our data collection and management processes fist then do the fancy AI and machine learning as we go.

  • Welcome everyone - I am one of the course leaders. My background is in Pyschology AND computer science so I ended up in digital health and crae field around about 20 years ago now and I still love it. I am very much intersted in how we make better use of health and care (and other) datasets.

  • Hi everyone and welcome officially to the course!
    I am an academic but conudct research in the applied area of all things digital health.
    I LOVE data but like some of you I am passionate about making sense of the data in more meaingful ways in the health and care sector.
    We have a lot of data around us now but are we really making the most of it?

  • yes - we spotted that - well done to all those that caught it - I didnt notice it but now we can change that thanks!

  • we have a more advanced course here if you are interested -

  • yes will do - thanks for pointing this out!

  • good to hear - and I take your point about second questions in final tes - that could be easy to get wrong - and given we have discussed data entry we should have noticed that ; )

  • @MhairiMcfaul we even have a full Digital Health Masters course at Strathclyde - might be worth considering that!

  • We have a slightly more advances course that you can take here -

  • Thats good to hear - I am really keen that more nurses and midwives take the course so do please pass this on to other folks - glad you found it helpful and are thinking about how to use it in your workplace.

  • Thats so good to hear - and I take your point about 'article' we can try to resolve that in future courses.

  • yes - this was a bit confusing - and ironic - not on purpose because it shows just how easy it is for free text entry to result in different data errors.

  • Different people will find different file types more or less helpful for different things.
    Certianly for mainulating the data things like .csv tend to be very useful file formats.

  • Welcome back for last week of the course.
    Hang in there - if you are finding it tough - ask other people in the group for support.
    If you are finding it too easy - ask us some questions!

  • Thanks for sharing Paul!

  • Hi everyone - I am one of the course leaders.
    I am a Reader (lecturer and research scientist) in digital health and care in the department of computer and information sciences at University of Strathcclyde in Glasgow, UK.
    I love data and I work in the area of digital healh and care so I am very intersted inhow we make better use of data in this field.

  • Hi everyone - I am one of the online tutors for this course.
    You can follow the course by accessing the material in the order it sppears each week.
    There are things to read then usually an actvitiy to complete.
    You will get the most out of it if you complete the activities and engage with the rest of the class during the discussions.
    Good luck and welcome...

  • Yes this also confuses me - I am not convinced that machine learning IS AI really - I think the whole AI term is over used. I think the only reason people argue that it IS AI is that it at least mimics human processing - that we can learn a pattern or outcome given enough examples or data over our lifetime. Conventionally computer programs HAVE all the...

  • I find it interesting to think - what data is easir/nicer to look at - Vs what data is actually easier to maipulate. This is part of the barrier to data analysis - you have to have it in a highly structured manner to analyse - and this often puts people off - that is the people that just want to see the meaning in the data right away.....

  • How can we tune people in to data management and data analytics so that they don't find it too mundane. I see it as both fundamental to any core business - and also as creating huge exciting opportunities for health - I would love to know to engage those that find data a turn off.

  • Thanks Graham for the helpful addition of extra resources and references!

  • Are people generally more positive or negative about health care data analytics?

  • I agree - I think we need to get good system developers onto health data management - the same way as in say the banking industry who have excellent security systems and data management systems that enable really sophisticated analytics already - we can learn from other industries!

  • Welcome everyone!

    Don't forget there is a live hangout today at 4pm - join us for some live chat about health and care data analytics.

  • Hope you are all getting stuck in for your first wek of the course.

  • This is so interesting Robert - whether we can get our existing systems to integrate data as they are - or whether we need new systems and/or data management processes now we have all this data capability at our fingertips

  • confident is a huge issue - I think traning staff and preparing them for this transition is really crucial

  • @DeborahThomas I think this is a great point you both make - there are HUGE concerns - many cited in academic literature as well as anecdotaly that show that this is a real conerrn to some people - especially in the nurding communities.

  • this is a great poit Robert - I think we need to invest in getting the systems right - which will indeed take £ and time - but only then will the true power of data for health and care be realised - and then be turned into £ saved down the line!

  • good point - some patients/consumers might LOVE to have all this data at their disposal - while many others might find it all far too overwhelming

  • Hi folks - Hope week 2 went/is going well.

    Steven and I (lead educators) will be online LIVE at the end of week 3 - Friday 12th October from 4:10 to 4:50 - to answer any questions you might have.

    We will post the live stream link in week 3 shortly - so please get online and post us any interesting questions or obsverations so we have lots to discuss...

  • welcome to the course - what are you hoping to learn?

  • welcome to the course - what are you hoping to learn?

  • Hi everyone - welcome to the course!
    I am one of the lead educators.
    I am a senior lecturer in digital health and care - and my background is both in Psychology and Computer Science.
    I am out in Norway discussing Living Labs and Digital Health which is why I have been offline.
    Glad you have all joined us - enjoy the course!

  • yeah I dont think there is a right or wrong here folks - it is a matter of opinion (a poll) rather than a quiz where there wouldbe an actual answer.

  • Interesting that it blocked USMART - I wonder if Steve can shed light on this - might be worth asking him.

  • Data always looks nicer in a visualisation or an infographic - but raw data (like CVS files) is much more useful when you are trying to do any real data crunching or analytics. Many times I have accessed open data - and wanted to do my own analysis or digging into the data - only to find that it is all high level and aggregated - which is nice as a summary -...