At mHealth Summit: Using wearable data to fuel "Engagement Engines"

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By Gus Venditto
11:02 am

Whether the collection device is a fitness tracker or an Apple Watch, consumers are generating enormous pools of data that are ripe for dignostic use. As mobile health technology moves into the mainstream, the challenge is moving from hardware to software, specifically data analytics.

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On Monday, November 9, Shahar Cohen, a product visionary at Intel's Big Data Analytics group and Ken Kubota, Director of Data Science at The Michael J Fox Foundation, will reveal work on two big data platforms that were built to work with patient-generated data from tracks in a session titled Data Analytics: The Intersection of Wearables and Big Data. 

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is leading research into Parkinson's disease and has amassed huge amounts of data toward the goal of creating a clear view into the disease. One of its primary goals has been to enable sharing of the clinical data available in order to support researchers.

The Engagement Engine is being developed by researchers at Partners HealthCare with support from the Robert Wood Johnson foundation. It is developing and validating a model to for tracker-based research with the goal of helping patients establish and sustain a personalized physical activity plan.  The Engagement Engine is designed to leverage machine learning and other big data analytic tools to convert insights from users into targeted feedback.

The 2015 mHealth Summit, part of the HIMSS Connected Health Conference, takes place Nov. 8-11 at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center just outside Washington D.C. For more information, click here.



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