“Health technologies, including medical devices offer major advances in quality of healthcare, earlier diagnosis and less invasive treatments. Processes for evaluation and regulation needs to match the pace at which the technology is progressing. CASMI will bring together the expertise to offer alternatives to current processes.”
Professor Farmer studied for a doctorate in medicine at the University Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Oxford, having completed vocational training at Thame Health Centre where he worked as a principal in the practice from 1985 to 2000. Between 2001 and 2006 he was a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Primary Health Care holding an NHS R&D Senior Clinical Scientist Award. He also works as a salaried general practitioner at South Oxford Health Centre and is a Research Associate in the Diabetes Trials Unit. He was a Harkness Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund of New York in 1991, one of the first general practitioners to hold this award. He is currently Chair of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme General Board and received renewal of his NIHR Senior Investigator Award in 2018.
His work has centred on improving the self-management of diabetes in general practice including researching where blood glucose monitoring is helpful, supporting people in making best use of their medicines, and developing and testing digital health systems, for example using mobile phones to collect data from personal monitoring devices and providing tailored feedback to help improve lifestyle and better use of medicines.His group uses a wide range of research methods, qualitative research, analyzing electronic health records, and clinical trials to produce evidence, and works closely with the Department of Biomedical Engineering to carry out many of these studies.