Mobilizing Health

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Wed May 09 15:30:00 EDT 2012

The most significant health and wellness challenges increasingly involve chronic conditions, from diabetes, hypertension, and asthma to depression, chronic-pain, sleep and neurological disorders. And three lifestyle behaviors contribute to many of these conditions. We can mobilize health by leveraging the power and ubiquity of mobile and cloud technologies to assist individuals, clinicians, and researchers in monitoring, managing, and understanding symptoms, side effects and treatment outside the clinical setting; and to address the lifestyle factors that can bring on or exacerbate these conditions. By enabling individuals to track and manage their key health-related behaviors and outcomes, this approach has the potential to greatly improve people’s health and quality of life, while simultaneously reducing societies’ overall healthcare costs. This talk will present our experience to date with mHealth pilots and prototypes and will discuss areas in need of exploration: open modular tools for data collection, analysis and visualization across diverse data types; engagement needs for incentives and adaptive applications; and privacy mechanisms.



Deborah Estrin

Deborah Estrin is Jon Postel Chair in Computer Networks at UCLA, Research Director of MobilizeLabs, and co-founder of the non-profit, Open mHealth. Estrin’s early research focused on network protocol design. From 2002-2012 she founded and directed a multidisciplinary, NSF-funded research center developing environmental monitoring technologies and applications. Currently Estrin explores participatory sensing and mHealth systems, leveraging the programmability, proximity, and pervasiveness of mobile devices; deployment contexts include health (, community data gathering, and education ( Professor Estrin received her Ph.D. (1985) in Computer Science from M.I.T., and her B.S. (1980) from UC Berkeley. She is an elected member of the AAAS and NAE. She is a fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and AAAS. She was selected as the first ACM-W Athena Lecturer (2006), awarded the Anita Borg Institute's Women of Vision Award for Innovation (2007), inducted into the WITI hall of fame (2008) and awarded Doctor Honoris Causa from EPFL (2008) and Uppsala University (2011).

UCLA Computer Science Department, MobilizeLabs, Co-Founder Open mHealth

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