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Treat: Real-time data visualisation tools and linkage to care

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Led by Dr Ed Manley (Leeds) and Prof Deenan Pillay (UCL)

The aim of this research theme is to create real-time data visualisation tools to map disease ‘hotspots’ and support faster linkage to treatment by marrying mHealth, genomic, clinical, epidemiological and socio-economic data.

    Research impact

    • Our mobile app, co-created with the AHRI, has been piloted with 30 participants in a local health clinic demonstrating the feasibility and acceptability of self-testing and linkage to care using mHealth technologies.
    • Our data dashboards, co-created with AHRI, were used in a HIV trial and adopted for service delivery of the population health intervention platform.

    Can digital resources for HIV provide appropriate emotional support? (2020)

    Recent research from i-sense members at UCL seeks to understand whether currently available digital health technologies and online information related to HIV offers adequate emotional support. The study, which included more than 200 participants over three stages, aimed to understand how and why people access information related to HIV, and their experiences of using these resources.

    Can data visualisation help inform health interventions? (2019)

    New research from i-sense members at UCL, in collaboration with the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), looks at ways data visualisation can help population surveillance sites better utilise and understand the large amounts of data they collect for disease surveillance. 

    Relevant publications 


    Adeagbo, O., Herbst, C., Blandford, A., McKendry, R. A., Estcourt, C., Seeley, J., and Shahmanesh, M. 'Exploring People’s Candidacy for Mobile Health–Supported HIV Testing and Care Services in Rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: Qualitative Study.' J Med Internet Res (2019); DOI: 10.2196/15681

    Singh, A., Gibbs, J., and Blandford, A. 'Emotion and Experience in Negotiating HIV-Related Digital Resources: "It's not just a runny nose!"' CHI '19 Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Paper No. 599 (2019); DOI: 10.1145/3290605.3300829

    Concannon, D., Herbst, K., and Manley, E. 'Developing a Data Dashboard Framework for Population Health Surveillance: Widening Access to Clinical Trial Findings' JMIR Formative Research (2019); DOI: doi:10.2196/11342


    Gibbs, J., Clifton, S., Sonnenberg, P., Blandford, A., Johnson, A. M., and Estcourt, C. S. 'Legislation and regulation in the era of online sexual health: how do we ensure provision of safe, high-quality care?' BMJ (2018); DOI: 10.1136/sextrans-2018-053679

    Blandford, A., Gibbs, J., Newhouse, N., Perski, O., Singh, A., and Murray, E. ‘Seven lessons for interdisciplinary research on interactive digital health interventions’ Digital Health (2018); DOI:


    Singh, A., Gibbs, J., Estcourt, C., Sonnenberg, Pam., Blandford, A. 'Are HIV Smartphone Apps and Online Interventions Fit for Purpose?' Proceedings of the 2017 International Conference on Digital Health (2017); DOI: 10.1145/3079452.3079469