Mobile Health for the Masses

Mobile health (mHealth) technology has long been touted as a solution for global health access, allowing remote diagnosis, low cost disease management, and rapid training for health workers. There has yet to be a technology that is disruptive to the medical device market. This talk will discuss key mobile health projects at SMU and abroad that take advantage of the mobile phone, transforming it into a low cost medical health sensor. From these examples, a roadmap will be laid out showing how future health technologies can grapple with challenges in mass access, product validation, and regulation so that mHealth technology can meet its long touted goals to make possible such advances as remote doctor visits, equalization of healthcare in the developing world, automatic diagnoses from computational models, and continuous vital signs monitoring.

Eric LarsonEric C. Larson is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering at SMU and a member of the SMU center for global health impact. His main research interests lie at the intersection of data science and mobile computing. Dr. Larson has developed a number of mobile health technologies, including medical applications that use mobile phones to track baselines for patients with chronic cough, asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, and newborn jaundice. His work in mobile health is the first of its kind to seek FDA approval and is creating a new paradigm for medical sensing out of the doctor’s office.

Dr. Larson received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.

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