All your health and fitness data, and one woman who mines it
Donna Spruijt-Metz, MFA, PhD, is the director of the USC mHealth Collaboratory at the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research.
Donna researches ways of using smartphones and other Internet of Things platforms to take individuals’ temporally dense, context-specific data, such as mood and eating behaviors, from individuals and devise just-in-time interventions to address obesity. Why do she and her colleagues do this, and what happened to dietary intake? For the latter, be honest. When was the last time you remembered everything you ate and the precise amounts? For the former, because mHealth technologies make this strategy possible. They can collect literally terabytes of data about your physical and emotional states, which, to Donna’s view, we should analyze and use to improve long-term health outcomes. Thus, recalling our season’s themes of preservation, resistance, healing, and transformation, applied mHealth technologies can help heal.(Read More or listen to the PODCAST)
Virtual humans work better than current ways to identify post-traumatic stress in soldiers.
Soldiers are more likely to open up about post-traumatic stress when interviewed by a virtual interviewer than by taking a survey, finds a study published today in open-access journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI. A computer-generated 'human' interviewer combines the advantages of anonymity with social connection and rapport, which could help soldiers to reveal more about their mental health symptoms. (Read More)
Ecological Momentary Assessment in Behavioral Research: Addressing Technological and Human Participant Challenges (more)
Beyond the Randomized Controlled Trial: A Review of Alternatives in mHealth Clinical Trial Methods (more)
A Mobile, Avatar-Based App for Improving Body Perceptions Among Adolescents: A Pilot Test (more)
CALL FOR mHEALTH PAPERS (read more)
This is What the Future of Health Care Looks Like
SoCalBio Digitial Health Summit
November 7, 2017 8an-6:30PM
Exploring the Promise of the Internet of Medical Things (Read More)