Medical devices abound in clinical settings. The typical ICU has devices for monitoring hundreds of physiological processes and sending alerts to the medical team when something goes wrong. Healthcare today is moving toward a distributed preventive model in which wearable consumer devices monitor our state of health continuously, ideally sending updates and warnings when appropriate. The ubiquitous smartphone also collects personal data that may be relevant to health. But all this data becomes far more useful for monitoring our health if it can be integrated into a personal health record that is available to us, or our chosen healthcare providers, in a clinically useful form. This creates enormous data processing challenges. Wearable device innovators can contribute to the advance of healthcare by seeking ways to integrate their devices into the emerging Learning Healthcare System ecosystem.
"The Role of Biomedical Informatics in Harnessing Mobile Sensor Data for Healthcare"
A presentation by William Bosl