ACM Keynote: New ways of thinking of the mobile phone for healthcare and the current pandemic

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ACM Keynote: New ways of thinking of the mobile phone for healthcare and the current pandemic

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  • Much of the fundamental research in computer science has been driven by the needs of those attempting to utilize computing for various applications, such as health. Shwetak Patel will describe a collection of research projects conducted with his clinical collaborators that leverage the sensors on mobile devices (e.g., microphones, cameras, accelerometers, etc) in new ways to enable the screening, self-management and longitudinal study of diseases. These projects follow the theme of finding unique signals and biomarkers in order to enable access and scale by leveraging existing hardware. His remarks will underscore the potential advances in health and clinical science through the convergence of sensing, machine learning, and human-computer interaction. He will also address how some of this work is being applied to the current COVID pandemic.


    Shwetak Patel: New Ways of Thinking of the Mobile Phone for Healthcare & the Current Pandemic


    0:00:00 – looping welcome slides

    0:01:58 – ITU welcomes the audience

    0:04:43 – Moderator Yannis Loannidis explains about the keynote topic and introduces Shwetak Patel

    [Keynote presentation]
    0:06:29 – Shwetak Patel explains about his presentation on “New Ways of Thinking of the Mobile Phone for Healthcare & the Current Pandemic”

    0:08:01 – Quick Research overview

    0:10:19 – Personal Health Monitoring

    0:11:45 – Why are computer scientists doing so much healthcare work?

    0:13:12 – Paradigm shifts in health

    0:15:14 – Point of care diagnostics

    0:16:14 – Another paradigm shift in health care

    0:17:32 – Plethora of wearable technology

    0:18:07 – Opportunities with mobile health

    0:20:07 – Continuous measurements

    0:21:21 – Important role of mobile phone in healthcare space

    0:21:53 – The modern smartphone

    0:22:57 – Mobile health sensing

    0:24:00 – Using mobile phones for diagnostics

    0:24:55 – Measuring lung function

    0:27:43 – SpiroSmart: Mobile phone Spirometer

    0:36:20 – Detecting and studying cough

    0:37:51 – Sound analysis from microphones

    0:39:49 – Studying tuberculosis

    0:40:54 – TB study in South Africa

    0:43:17 – Cough identification

    0:44:18 – Cough monitoring for COVID

    0:45:49 – BiliCam: Using Mobile Phones to Monitor Newborn Jaundice

    0:52:52 – Bilirubin in adults: Pancreatic cancer

    0:53:35 – Observable Jaundice in the Sclera

    0:54:41 – Mobile phone hemoglobin

    0:58:18 – Clinical evaluation

    0:58:42 – Peru Deployment

    1:00:00 – Monitoring fever

    1:02:57 – Interpreting Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs)

    1:04:27 – OsteoApp

    1:07:58 – Considerations in mobile health

    [Q&A session]
    1:14:12 – Yannis moderates Q&A session

    1:14:25 – How do we deal with privacy?

    1:17:07 – Which level of accuracy is required and what has been achieved so far?

    1:20:38 – Is there a solution for device equity?

    1:23:43 – How do these technologies reach healthcare providers?

    1:26:39 – How do we detect and prevent diseases early with these technologies?

    1:36:46 – Video ends

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