The Emerging Role of Mobile Phones in Health

Friday, February 17, 2017: 10:45 AM-11:00 AM
Room 308 (Hynes Convention Center)
Shwetak Patel, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Always available remote physiologic monitoring through wearable sensors brings the transformational possibility of health care that empowers patients to conduct self-care, and making self-monitoring a lifelong process. Patients can more effectively manage chronic diseases, as well as, screening for conditions could occur much sooner. It also fundamentally shifts and shares responsibility and creates a true partnership between clinician and patient. Beyond the individual patient, it also creates the potential for population health management in a way that has not been possible before. Shwetak Patel argues the smartphone will play a central role in this vision to a point where the phones themselves will provide many of these physiologic sensing capabilities. In his talk, he will describe a set of projects where it is already possible to conduct clinically relevant health diagnostics using just the sensors already present on a smartphone.