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. He will also discuss the critical role of computer science in mobile health and the future of the field.
Shwetak Patel is the Washington Research Foundation Endowed Professor in Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, where he directs the Ubicomp Lab. His research is in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, and Sensor-Enabled Embedded Systems, with a particular emphasis on the application of computing to health and sustainability. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 2008. Patel is a recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, Sloan Fellowship, Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship, MIT TR-35 Award, World Economic Forum Young Global Scientist Award, NSF Career Award, PECASE award, and was selected as an ACM Fellow. He was also a co-founder of an home energy monitoring company called Zensi, Inc. (acquired by Belkin, Inc. in 2010) and a low-power home wireless sensing company called SNUPI Technologies, Inc. (acquired by Sears, Inc. in 2015). Patel currently also serves as a council member of the Computing Community Consortium within the Computing Research Association.