Brian McKinstry is a general practitioner and Professor of Primary Care eHealth at the University of Edinburgh. He leads the Telescot programme of research into telehealth (www.telescot.org) and SHARE the Scottish Health Research Register (www.registerforshare.org), a register of people willing to take part in research who have given permission for their secure health service data to be used to identify their suitability for research.
His research interests are mainly around Health Service Research particularly in remote information exchange between clinicians and patients. His recent research has centred on telehealthcare. The Telescot programme has carried out several randomised controlled trials and many descriptive/qualitative studies in this area. These studies include telemonitoring of chronic obstructive airways disease, heart failure, high blood pressure and diabetes along with studies of satellite location for wandering people with dementia, the use of gamification to encourage children and adolescents to adopt healthier lifestyles, developing artificially intelligent avatar based systems for monitoring depression, robotic dispensing, remote measurement of cough and respiratory rate and the use of machine learning on patient accrued data to develop improved telemonitoring algorithms. He currently leads Scale-Up BP a large-scale implementation project to deliver telehealthcare to thousands of people in Scotland.