We live in an unprecedented time where [Gordon] Moore’s law predicts exponentially increasing computational power. In our lifetime, we will live in an environment of connected health via sensors and devices. The movement towards accessing the Internet via mobile devices has also made it such that people are nearly always connected. This has been further amplified with the introduction of devices like FitBit and Apple Watch, and mobile apps such as Runkeeper and Sleep Cycle. People now use these technologies to constantly collect data about their fitness, weight, eating habits, and sleep. The trend of “self-quantifying” and “citizen science” is resulting in an extensive amount of data and metrics for health previously inaccessible to clinicians, creating new opportunities for clinicians and patients to communicate online, to make predictions about health risks and to take preventive measures against them. Dr. Wang will discuss the use of mHealth and sensor technology across the continuum of care, which has the potential to integrate the complex and fragmented healthcare environments, improve coordination of care, promote provider-patient communications, which can result in improvements in health and well-being for individual patients and populations.
C. Jason Wang, M.D., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Policy, Outcomes, and Prevention at Stanford University. He received his B.S. from MIT, M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and Ph.D. in policy analysis from RAND. After completing his pediatric residency training at UCSF, he worked in Greater China with McKinsey and Company, during which time he performed multiple studies in the Asian healthcare market. In 2000, he was recruited to serve as the project manager for the Taskforce on Reforming Taiwan’s National Health Insurance System. His fellowship training in health services research included the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and the National Research Service Award Fellowship at UCLA. His research interests include: 1) developing tools for assessing and improving the value of healthcare; 2) facilitating the use of mHealth in improving quality of care; 3) studying competency-based medical education curriculum, and 4) healthcare reform.
During the past five years, he has built a HABIT laboratory (Health Analytics, Behavioral Interventions and Technology) at Boston University and Stanford University. In the HABIT lab, Dr. Wang worked with designers, engineers, doctors and nurses and patient/families to develop and refine a web portal, “Technology to Ad-vance Children’s Health (TeACH)” that provides families of preterm infants with a software platform to assist them in the coordination of care and social networking for emotional support.
He is a co-founder of MedicusTek, a global medical solutions company focusing on medical internet of things and patient safety.