The Emerging Role of Mobile Computing in Health with Shwetak Patel

Always available remote physiologic monitoring through wearable sensors brings the transformational possibility of health care that empowers patients to conduct self-care, and making self-monitoring a lifelong process. Patients can more effectively manage chronic diseases, and screening for conditions could occur much sooner. It also fundamentally shifts and shares responsibility and creates a true partnership between clinician and patient. Beyond the individual patient, it also creates the potential for population health management in a way that has not been possible before. Shwetak Patel will discuss how the smartphone will play a central role in this vision to a point where the phones themselves will provide many of these physiologic sensing capabilities. He will also discuss the critical role of computer science in mobile health and the future of the field.

Shwetak Patel

Shwetak Patel is the Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, where he directs the Ubicomp Lab, which develops innovative sensing systems for real-world applications in health, sustainability, and novel interactions. He is also a director at Google working on health care.

Patel earned his Bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. His numerous honors includes receiving the ACM Prize in Computing, a MacArthur Fellowship, a Sloan Fellowship, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), MIT TR-35 Award, and a National Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Award. Patel is a Fellow of ACM. He was also a co-founder of a home energy monitoring company called Zensi (acquired by Belkin in 2010), a low-power home wireless sensing company called SNUPI Technologies (acquired by Sears in 2015), and a mobile health company called Senosis Health (acquired by Google in 2017).