iWHW: initiative for Wireless Health and Wellness at UC Davis
Theme Leader: Jay Han, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Theme Faculty: Prasant Mohapatra, Computer Science; Thomas Nesbitt, Family and Community Medicine; Heather Young, School of Nursing; Lars Berglund, Clinical & Translational Science Center
The future of rising demand for healthcare services, driven largely by increasing chronic disease incidence and aging population, will also be challenged substantially by constraints on human and economic resources. Emerging wireless and mobile health (mHealth) technologies promise scalable and affordable solutions that promote wellness and preventive care by empowering individuals to help themselves, and provide innovative models of care delivery through pervasive “user-centered networked healthcare”. The initiative for Wireless Health and Wellness (iWHW) at UC Davis brings together an interdisciplinary team leveraging UC Davis’ unique combination of excellence in: telemedicine, computer science, engineering, nursing, clinical translational research, and disability research. The core themes of the iWHW are: 1) Advancing wireless and mHealth technologies, 2) Capacity-building and Education, 3) Improving Health and Health Care through clinical application of mHealth technologies, 4) Advancing research in mHealth security, privacy, and policy.
The initial collaborative research project will examine the feasibility and effectiveness of innovative nurse health coach model of care delivery that is informed by an unprecedented “contextually-rich and personalized” data (physical activity, energy expenditure, geo-location, and ecologic momentary assessment) that utilizes “cloud computing” integrated with electronic health record system; all enabled simply through an individual’s mobile phone during daily life. The developed analytic tools and sophisticated visualization techniques will provide interpretable data for researchers and/or actionable data for healthcare providers. The iWHW at UC Davis will provide the foundation for innovative interdisciplinary research with active industry collaboration, and serve at the vanguard of mHealth’s progress towards improved, cost-effective healthcare and wellness.