Using cellphones to improve health

A newly established UC Irvine institute aims to harness the power of mobile phones to create a novel approach to health.

The Institute for Future Health is developing technology to combine lifestyle and health data from mobile phones with data from wearable sensors, diagnostic medical tests and medical records to develop personalized health care guidance.

The results could radically transform health systems away from hospitals and clinics and into the hands of each individual.

“Our approach is to understand lifestyle and environmental factors as they affect an individual and use them to build a personal model that will steer one’s health state to meet an individual’s goals,” says Ramesh Jain, institute director and Donald Bren Professor of computer science at UCI.