CHIMERA seminar with Prof Patty Kostkova

13 July 2022, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm

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'There's an app for that' - how digital technologies and social media shape our health

This event is free.

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CHIMERA (Collaborative Healthcare Innovation through Mathematics, EngineeRing and AI)


Zoom webinar


Recently, the massive explosion of medical evidence on the Internet and mobile devices and increased citizens’ involvement in management of their health changed the delivery of healthcare.

In this presentation we will outline the issues surrounding the dissemination of medical evidence and understanding public information needs from Internet searches. Educational effectiveness of serious games highlights the opportunity mobile technology brought to training, community engagement and behaviour change. Social networking with increasing amount of user-generated content from social media and participatory surveillance systems provide readily available source of real-time monitoring and epidemic intelligence.

In this talk, we will draw from several mobile technology projects. In particular, training and crowdsourcing for community engagement to combat the zika virus in Brazil, social media use for vaccination campaigns, improving antibiotic stewardship at the point of case in Nigeria and the UK, and serious mobile games for increasing resilience and disaster preparedness in perinatal women in Nepal.

Come and learn how digital technologies and social media shape our health!

About the Speaker

Professor Patty Kostkova

at UCL Centre for Digital Public Health in Emergencies (dPHE)

Patty is Professor in Digital Health and the Director of UCL Centre for Digital Public Health in Emergencies (dPHE). She was a consultant at WHO, ECDC, Sky, Telefonica. Her research investigates mobile surveillance in Brazil, maternal health in Nepal and antibiotic stewardship in Nigeria and the NHS. During COVID-19, she lead an award-winning project My Lockdown Journal.

In 2019 and 2020, Patty won the 'Innovator of the Year' Award by Computing Women in IT Excellence Awards and the prestigious Coronaprofile by Business Science, while her team won the Team of the Year 2020 Award by Computing Rising Stars Awards. Patty published over 230 peer-reviewed papers, and is the Editor in chief of Frontiers in Digital Public Health, and General and Scientific Chair of International Public Health Conference since 2009.