Approaches to Facilitating Analysis of Health and Wellness Data

Approaches to Facilitating Analysis of Health and Wellness Data

Lena Mamykina (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA) and Elizabeth D. Mynatt (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/japuc.2009040103
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Abstract

In the last decade novel sensing technologies enabled development of applications that help individuals with chronic diseases monitor their health and activities. These applications often generate large volumes of data that need to be processed and analyzed. At the same time, many of these applications target non-professionals and individuals of advanced age and low educational level. These users may find the data collected by the applications challenging and overwhelming, rather than helpful, and may require additional assistance in interpreting it. In this article we discuss two different approaches to designing computing applications that not only collect the relevant health and wellness data but also find creative ways to engage individuals in the analysis and assist with interpretation of the data.

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