The CITRIS Health Initiative is built upon a robust history of addressing critical health and health care challenges facing society. The initiative focuses on developing transformative, scalable and sustainable information technology solutions to improve health and wellness. These technology-enabled solutions can improve the quality of care and health outcomes, while reducing health care costs. Current areas of focus address the primary drivers affecting health, including chronic disease, aging, and formal or informal caregiving. Initiative projects build upon the principal technology solutions of telehealth; sensors; mobile apps and gaming; and data analytics. Examples of CITRIS Health Initiative projects include innovations in electronic health records and analytics, the Transatlantic Telehealth Research Network, use of in-home sensors and feedback to reduce asthma in children, virtual reality environments for physical rehabilitation, and interactive mapping to assist wayfinding for older adults.
The global health arena is experiencing rapid advances in informatics, precision medicine, quantified self, mobile health, telehealth, remote monitoring and sensors, health behavior, patient engagement, and health policy and regulation. As a global leader in developing technology-enabled health solutions, the CITRIS Health Initiative advances innovations in data analytics (as supported by a new health data analytics seed grant program announced in November 2014), hospital-to-home, population health, care management and care transitions, robotics, and mHealth. CITRIS Health Initiative investigators will continue to develop partnerships with U.S.-based and global health researchers, clinical providers, engineers, and technologists for collaboration in the development of hardware and software solutions, while expanding utilization of the extensive CITRIS and the Banatao Institute innovation ecosystem (including testbeds at the Center for Health and Technology and UC Davis Health System) and other CITRIS and the Banatao Institute facilities and programs.