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Computer Science Colloquia

Monday, July 28, 2014
Jeremy Kim
Advisor: John Stankovic
Attending Faculty: John Lach (Chair)

10:00 AM, Rice Hall, Rm. 404

Master's Project Presentation
AsthmaGuide: An Asthma Monitoring and Advice Ecosystem


Recently, there has been an increased use of wireless sensor networks in the medical sector. Healthcare providers are looking to use these devices to monitor patients in a more accurate ad automated way. This allows healthcare providers to have up-to-date patient information without physical interaction, allowing for more accurate diagnoses and better treatment. One group of patients that can greatly benefit from this kind of daily monitoring is asthma patients. Healthcare providers need daily information in order to understand the risk factors for asthma patients and to provide appropriate advice. We develop AsthmaGuide, a comprehensive asthma ecosystem in which a smart phone is used as a hub for collecting physiological data including lung sounds, environmental information, video, and human inputs. The data is then displayed in a cloud web diary-based application by both patients and healthcare providers. AsthmaGuide also provides an advice and alarm infrastructure based on the collected data and parameters set by healthcare providers. With these components, AsthmaGuide provides the most comprehensive asthma ecosystem to date with the goal for patients to be involved in their own health and for doctors to potentially provide more effective day to day care. Full assessment of the utility of this system in terms of impact on asthma treatment requires long term studies and FDA approval of the system. These studies are beyond the scope of this project; instead this project demonstrates and evaluates the underlying technical solutions.