Creating synergies between personal health monitoring and machine health monitoring

Affordable self-care technology for personal health monitoring will be a significant factor in controlling the ever increasing cost of health care, now at 16 percent of gross domestic product and climbing. Personal health monitoring is a critical component of an emerging health system centered on the home. To be successful, it is essential that personal health monitoring systems be medically proven and accepted by consumers. Corollaries of earlier work supported by the Foundation at the University of Rochester Center for Future Health showed that patient primary health management needs are not being met by the available self-care technologies, and it does not appear that technology in the pipeline is anticipating patients' needs. The field of machine health monitoring, which employs sensing, communications and informatics for the early detection and diagnosis of machine faults to enable intervention thereby avoiding machine failure, is more mature and should help inform personal health monitoring. By learning and borrowing from this more mature field, personal health monitoring can be catapulted ahead by several years. The purpose of this project is to bring together innovative companies from the machine health monitoring field with personal health monitoring researchers, patients and other interested parties in a collaborative learning-by-doing process. This is phase 1 of a potentially two-phase project. In phase 1, workshop specific prototype systems will be conceptualized and explored. If phase 1 is mutually deemed to be successful, there may be a phase 2 effort in which the participants will collaborate to build, test and assess a prototype system, with the goal of discovering the initial guiding principles for the further development and refinement of effective personal health monitoring technologies. This is a collaborative project to improve the rate and quality of invention for technology to support consumer health management of chronic conditions.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $372,392.00

Awarded on: 8/7/2006

Time frame: 9/1/2006 - 8/31/2007

Grant Number: 57948


University of Rochester Center for Future Health

601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, 14642-0001


Mark F. Bocko
Project Director