Dr. Cliff Dacso, The Abramson Center for the Future of Health, Baylor College of Medicine
In the last century the profile of disease contributing most heavily to death, illness, and disability among Americans has changed dramatically. Today, chronic diseases are the most prevalent, costly, and preventable of all health problems. At the same time, we are experiencing a shortage and maldistribution of physicians and specialists. Together, these forces combine to create a unique opportunity. It is axiomatic that individuals must be the primary managers of their health and as such, need access to the right information at the right time to make the decision that best suits their unique circumstances. Our projects aim to vest patients with the authority to manage their disease while providing them with the real-time information they need. This talk will provide an overview of our research programs and philosophy. The Rice collaboration allows the information loop to be completed by combining biosensors, network-reciprocal information, and the medical and community context to make it operational.