8th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

May 20–23, 2014
Oldenburg, Germany

**Geraldine Fitzpatrick**, PhD, is a Professor of Design and Assessment of Technology in the Faculty of Informatics at the Vienna University of Technology, and Head of the Institute of Technology Design and Assessment, and Head of the Human Computer Interaction Group. Her research is at the intersection of social and computer sciences, with a particular interest in technology-support for healthcare, health and well-being and older people, and supporting collaboration/social interaction and quality of life more generally. She was previously Director of the Interact Lab at the Uni of Sussex, User Experience consultant at Sapient London, Snr Researcher at the Center for Online Health and the Distributed Systems Technology Centre in Australia, and also has a clinical background. She is a co-editor of CSCW journal, plays key roles in CSCW/CHI related international conferences, and is co-author with Gunnar Ellingsen of “A Review of 25 Years of CSCW Research in Healthcare: Contributions, Challenges and Future Agenda”.

Title of presentation: Maturing pervasive health – where to from here?

At the first Pervasive Health conference in 2006, pervasive health was defined from two perspectives: “the development and application of pervasive computing […] technologies for healthcare, health and wellness management; [and making] healthcare available to anyone, anytime, and anywhere […] while increasing both the coverage and quality of healthcare”, where the conference aimed to cover three main challenge areas: “mobile and wireless technologies for pervasive healthcare, medical aspects of pervasive healthcare, and management of pervasive healthcare.” The 2014 conference reflects similar themes.

Where are we at with these challenges? Since 2006, there has been unprecedented growth and maturing of mobile and wireless technologies, with healthcare, health and well-being being a key target area. It could be argued that to date it has been technology-led, albeit driven by very real health/care needs. But how well are these technologies being integrated into the broad spectrum of health and care and what impact are they having? What could maturing pervasive health look like? Drawing on experiences from more general health IT and ‘behaviour change’ areas, I will reflect on some of the lessons learnt and propose some challenges and opportunities for pervasive health moving forward.

Predrag "Pedja" Klasnja is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information and the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan. He works at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and Health Informatics, investigating how mobile technologies can help individuals manage their health in everyday life. Pedja holds a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of Washington, where he was also a National Library of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellow in Biomedical and Health Informatics.

Title of presentation: Looking Back and Looking Forward: Design of Pervasive Technologies for Health and Wellness

Since the mid 2000s, HCI and UbiComp researchers have developed a variety of pervasive technologies to help individuals live healthier lives, and in the last few years such systems have entered the mainstream via commercial products such as Fitbit and Nike+. Although the sophistication of these systems has advanced a great deal, the majority of today’s personal-health technologies rely on the same handful of strategies for supporting healthy behaviors that were used ten years ago. In this talk, I review how the design of pervasive systems for health and wellness has evolved over the last decade, and I outline the key directions where I think the field should be moving next.