7th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

May 5–8, 2013 | Venice, Italy

Keynote speakers will be:

Professor Yvonne Rogers
Director of UCLIC at University College London, UK

CAN A DIET OF DATA MAKE YOU HEALTHY?

Self-quantifying and self-tracking devices are becoming mainstream. Examples include FitBit, Wii games and an assortment of mobile apps (e.g. Boozerlyzer), that aim to give people new aggregate and profiled data about their behaviours and bodily functions to help them improve their sleep, moods and drinking habits. Real-time feedback about their everyday habits is provided through graphs and relative scores. The hope is that this form of personalised data will become the future for healthcare that focuses on monitoring and prevention. The Quantified Self movement has also attracted many followers worldwide who have started to record their patterns of activity levels (e.g. how many hours they sleep, how many cups of coffee they drink a day). But how healthy are they? In my talk I will consider how effective the new data diets are at changing and improving healthy behaviour.



Professor Elizabeth Mynatt
Executive Director, Institute for People and Technology, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology

PERVASIVE HEALTH: EMPOWERING INDIVIDUALS, FACILITATING LEARNING AND DELIVERING BETTER HEALTH

While health is a pervasive human concern, healthcare is often siloed into acute care centers with misaligned incentives and fragmented care. However, the unique capabilities of pervasive technologies have the potential to transform healthcare practices by shifting care from acute to home settings, by enabling continuous data capture and analysis, by creating a network of communication and collaboration channels, and by helping individuals engage in their own care. In the end, the emphasis changes from healthcare and chronic disease to a focus on health and wellness. In this talk, I will draw from a number of research projects that combine computing research, human-centered design, and health management theory to create promising approaches for promoting wellness, supporting behavior change and delivering improved health outcomes.