Data Saves Lives
The Data Saves lives project was commissioned by the Heath Foundation and lead by the the Health eResearch Centre at the University of Manchester. The projects aim was to understand how people use technology to support their health and wellbeing.
The Centre commissioned Macc and Inspiring Communities Together, two of the ICR's Social Licensees in Greater Manchester to run a series of Community Reporting for Insight programmes in partnership with Age UK in Manchester and Salford. The Community Reporters trained on these programmes collected stories of how people use technology for their own health and wellbeing. As part of the project, over 40 people aged 55+ were trained and told their own individual stories on health related topics such as measuring blood pressure, testing blood sugar levels, and what they ate. They also explored apps that collect health data and tested equipment such as a Fitbit that keeps a track of how active the user has been or how well the user has slept.
The stories were then used by the Health eResearch Centre to inform their research and provide user perspectives the ways in which technology can support people's health and wellbeing. Two films were also produced using the stories captured by the Community Reporters. These films were shown at the University's seminar - Using digital health technologies for ageing in communities.
Read more about the project, including a diary of what happened at: www.herc.ac.uk/research_project/community-reporters/
Are you a Community Reporter with a story on how you use technology for your Health and Well Being. If so please post your story here and it will be added to this page and used to inform the project.