Professor Ramesh Jain
University of California-Irvine, USA
A Navigational Approach to Health
ABSTRACT. What if an app could guide you to better health, similar to how GPS navigation directs you to your desired destination? Advances in sensors, mobile computing, artificial intelligence, data management, cloud computing, biology, and medicine allow approaching human health from a novel navigational perspective. Current episodic practice of healthcare is based on Measure-Estimate-Guide-Influence (MEGI) cycle that is initiated usually by a sick person. By navigating through health states starting from the current state to desired goal state, it is possible to perpetually guide a person using well established cybernetic principles combined with emerging technology that has demonstrated its success in many other areas. This converts current episodic approaches to so-called healthcare, which really is a sickcare, to a navigation through health state-space to guide and move to desirable states. We discuss this navigational approach and present personal health navigator that will help people accomplish this.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Professor Ramesh Jain is a Donald Bren Professor in Information & Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). His current research passion is in addressing health issues using cybernetic principles, building on the progress in sensors, mobile, processing, and storage technologies. He is the founding director of the Institute for Future Health at UCI. Earlier he served at Georgia Tech, the University of California at San Diego, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Wayne State University, and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He is a Fellow of AAAS, ACM, IEEE, AAAI, IAPR, and SPIE.
Professor Ramesh Jain co-founded several companies, managed them in their initial stages, and then turned them over to professional management. He enjoys new challenges and likes to use technology to solve them. He is participating in addressing the biggest challenge for us all: how to live long in good health.