Personalized Medicine in the Wearable Era: Translational Barriers and Call to Action

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Abstract

Preventive medicine is heading towards a more personalized future; adjusting care based on the individual needs of the patient. This future is enabled by wearable devices: not just smartwatches, but devices embedded in clothing, necklaces, and other gadgets that will one day invisibly, continuously, and effortlessly monitor and understand the health and wellbeing of a patient in perpetuity. However, this future is not yet translating from engineering to medicine, because of a tendency to treat patients as a monolithic group, and the lack of willpower to study users in the wild. These failures cause us to miss interesting behaviors and features of patients who have unique personalities, habits, medical histories, and medical needs, potentially hurting their quality of care. We believe that the technology is available to make personalized, specialized health platforms keyed to a single person’s habits, needs, and identity that is both easy to wear and fully functional. In this vision paper, we discuss a new approach to preventive, personal medicine with wearables, and outline confounding factors and applications in line with our vision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHumanSys 2017 - Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Human-Centered Sensing, Networking, and Systems, Part of SenSys 2017
EditorsRasit Eskicioglu
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages37-42
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450354806
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 5 2017
Event1st International Workshop on Human-Centered Sensing, Networking, and Systems, HumanSys 2017 - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: Nov 5 2017 → …

Publication series

NameHumanSys 2017 - Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Human-Centered Sensing, Networking, and Systems, Part of SenSys 2017

Other

Other1st International Workshop on Human-Centered Sensing, Networking, and Systems, HumanSys 2017
CountryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period11/5/17 → …

Keywords

  • Energy
  • Mobile Health
  • Personalization
  • Sensing
  • Wearable

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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    Alshurafa, N., & Hester, J. (2017). Personalized Medicine in the Wearable Era: Translational Barriers and Call to Action. In R. Eskicioglu (Ed.), HumanSys 2017 - Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Human-Centered Sensing, Networking, and Systems, Part of SenSys 2017 (pp. 37-42). (HumanSys 2017 - Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Human-Centered Sensing, Networking, and Systems, Part of SenSys 2017). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3144730.3144738