|Title||Evaluating a Potential Commercial Tool for Healthcare Application for People with Dementia|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Tanvi Banerjee, Pramod Anantharam, William Romine, Larry Lawhorne, Amit Sheth|
|Conference Name||International Conference on Health Informatics and Medical Systems (HIMS)|
|Conference Location||Las Vegas, Nevada|
The widespread use of smartphones and sensors has made physiology, environment, and public health notifications amenable to continuous monitoring. Personalized digital health and patient empowerment can become a reality only if the complex multisensory and multimodal data is processed within the patient context, converting relevant medical knowledge into actionable information for better and timely decisions. We apply these principles in the healthcare domain of dementia. Specifically, in this study we validate one of our sensor platforms to ascertain whether it will be suitable for detecting physiological changes that may help us detect changes in people with dementia. This study shows our preliminary data collection results from six healthy participants using the commercially available Hexoskin vest. The results show strong promise to derive actionable information using a combination of physiological observations from passive sensors present in the vest. The derived actionable information can help doctors determine physiological changes associated with dementia, and alert patients and caregivers to seek timely clinical assistance to improve their quality of life.