✔ For students in years 7-11
The sponsor for the TeenTech Healthcare Award is GSK.
Technology has the power to transform healthcare, allowing more people to access better treatments all over the world. You might want to consider better ideas for the whole healthcare environment as well as health-centric technologies.
As a young person, you may be able to offer insight on health issues from your own perspective or those of your family.
How do we identify people in the very earliest stages of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular or mental health? Can we offer interventions before they show any symptoms?
How could we use data to inform decisions – personally, regionally or globally?
What role does Virtual Reality or Artificial Intelligence have in healthcare?
How do we ensure healthy ageing? How do we make healthcare more efficient and more effective?
This is a huge topic but here are some links to resources to get you thinking!
GSK has a great website, GSK Science Education, which contains teaching resources.
How virtual reality is used in rehabilitation: http://healthcare-eng.ucl.ac.uk/news-and-events/virtual-reality-phantom-limb-pain
Hospitals need to harness technology to ensure better patient outcomes and also to work more efficiently. Have a look at the world’s first digital hospital.
You can find out more about robotics in healthcare: http://medicalfuturist.com/robotics-healthcare/
Check out The Guardian for new pieces on Wearable technology https://www.theguardian.com/technology/wearable-technology and for more specific healthcare applications review: https://innovatemedtec.com/digital-health/sensors-and-wearables
Mental health and well-being are fundamental to our collective and individual ability as humans to think, emote, interact with each other, earn a living, and enjoy life,” World Health Organization officials say. Find out more here
We live in an ever-more connected world. See how this will make a difference to the future of dementia care in this piece from The Guardian.
The team at Endo Med say that as medical/clinical engineers and technicians they often visit the popular EBME forum and there are certainly all sorts of ideas here that will get you thinking! Please see the link below for hundreds of relevant articles
The Institute of Cancer Research have suggested the following links to some fascinating ways technology is being used in their area:
This is also a great article in The Star featuring a few good ideas that might help illustrate the increasing role of connected tech in hospitals:http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/health/local-health/healthy-living-hospital-innovations-point-way-to-the-future-1-6167214
Many thanks to Richard Moss for those suggestions.
When you think about it—really think about it—everything begins with health. Capable minds and bodies. Happiness at home and in the world. The ability to dream and the possibility of making the dream come true.
Have a think about how we can plan for an ageing population, the best ways of helping more people around the world lead healthier lives. The role of technology, the role of research.
Scientists have been solving the hardest health problems all through history—naming diseases, finding treatments or cures, making medicines available to those in need. We’re living longer and better than we ever have—and yet, there’s still so much to be done.
Find out how pharmaceutical science and biotechnology make the world a better place at:
Get an insider’s view of a pharmaceutical lab by taking a tour at:
Here’s your chance to test your skills in chemical studies—challenge yourself in a range of games and on-line lessons:
Do you love chemistry or biology? Do you like thinking about the way the body works? Consider the difference you could make—as a toxicologist or a pharmacist, as a molecular biologist or clinician, as an analytical chemist or a project manager:
Useful links from GSK