The future of health is mobile!
The transdisciplinary mHealth Research Group at Northeastern University is studying how innovative, sensor-based technologies will positively disrupt healthcare and healthcare research as we know it. We envision a day when technologies allow better care delivery at much lower costs, by exploiting wearable and home sensors, mobile phones, and advanced human-computer interfaces. These same tools will enable persuasive technologies that help people improve their health throughout their lifespan, and power new research methods that accelerate health and medical research.
Imagine that your phone and home can use non-obtrusive sensing and statistical pattern recognition to infer just a bit about what you are doing, as you are doing it. How might that transform healthcare as we know it, and how do we develop algorithms that work 24/7/365?
Suppose we combine the new ability of computers to detect behavior and context in real-time with our best knowledge of human behavior change and decision-making. Can we develop powerful new theories and technologies to support just-in-time health-related behavior change systems?
Personal health informatics
Soon our our homes and phones will help us to gather information on our health and health-related behaviors. How can new user-interfaces be built that provide person-facing personalized health systems that help individuals stay healthy and happy throughout their life?