This article describes a prototype of a Personal Health Management Assistant, a computer program designed to help individuals with heart failure improve self-management of their health. The Health Assistant can interact with patients with heart failure via speech or typing and can proactively assist with home care.
Researchers chose to develop a conversational Health Management Assistant for heart failure because heart failure is highly prevalent and costly to treat; has well-understood best practices; and is amenable to self-management for many patients. The prototype Assistant collects data from users, processes the data for meaning and shares information using the Project HealthDesign Common Platform.
The Health Assistant prototype for health failure demonstrates the potential of highly interactive computerized programs to help individuals better manage aspects of complex diseases at home. This study was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Project HealthDesign.