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CITRIS Research Exchange – Holly Jimison on Health Interventions

A CITRIS Research Exchange Seminar with speaker Holly Jimison

Talk title:Informatics Advances for Personalized Health Interventions”

Speaker: Director, Consortium on Technology for Proactive Care, Northeastern University and Visiting Professor, UC Davis

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Speaker bio: Holly B. Jimison is the Director of the Consortium on Technology for Proactive Care at Northeastern University and on the faculty in both the College of Computer & Information Science and the College of Health Sciences. She leads a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional effort to facilitate research in the area of home monitoring of health behaviors, including helping researchers address the challenges of big data related to large amounts of complex and noisy streaming data from multiple sources used to infer clinically relevant health behaviors. Her current research projects are focused on technology approaches to support healthy aging. Dr. Jimison is also currently serving as Visiting Professor at UC Davis working on the Healthy Aging in a Digital World Initiative.

Abstract: Health behaviors account for the most significant influence on overall health outcomes and healthcare costs, far outpacing genetic effects or the influence of access to medical care. As we move from an era of “reactive” medicine that is hospital and clinic-based toward more holistic and proactive care focused on the management of chronic conditions and prevention, informatics advances are needed to model patient state in real-time to deliver tailored just-in-time health interventions to the home. In this presentation, I will describe AI techniques for inferring patient state in real-time from streaming sensor data and mobile interactions, as well as a health coaching infrastructure for delivering tailored motivational and feedback mobile messaging. This architecture incorporates representations of user preferences, motivations, and barriers to change to enable the incorporation of known principles of health behavior change. Based on our needs assessment of stakeholders (elders, family caregivers, clinicians, service providers, researchers, government, and industry), we have focused on a design to facilitate the participation of family members and low-skilled caregivers as part of the care team. Our tested applications for this technology have ranged from interactive video exercise, socialization, and stress management to cognitive monitoring and cognitive health interventions. Bringing tailored and coordinated care interventions to the home offer a scalable and potentially cost-effective approach to improving health and quality of life for a growing population of individuals with chronic disease and conditions associated with aging.

About the series: CITRIS Research Exchange delivers fresh perspectives on information technology and society from distinguished academic, industry, and civic leaders. Free and open to the public, this series highlights leading voices on societal-scale research issues. Each seminar takes place on Wednesdays from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PT. Have a suggestion for a great speaker? Please use this form to suggest potential speakers for our series.

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