When Health Apps Offer Conflicting Advice

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John Stankovic wants to make smartphone health applications speak to any other to keep people protected and healthy.

John Stankovic is building EyePhy, that aims to make home health caring safer by operative to discharge conflicts among medical applications and personal medical devices. Image credit: Dan Addison

John Stankovic is building “EyePhy,” that aims to make home health caring safer by operative to discharge conflicts among medical applications and personal medical devices. Image credit: Dan Addison

Stankovic, BP America Professor in a University of Virginia’s Department of Computer Science, has perceived a National Science Foundation extend as partial of a module to prognosticate “smart and connected cities and communities.” His investigate aims to make home health caring safer, operative to discharge conflicts among medical applications and personal medical inclination on that people are increasingly depending.

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expects that there will be 500 million smartphone users downloading health care-related apps by a finish of 2015,” Stankovic said. “Many of these apps will perform interventions to control tellurian physiological parameters, such as blood vigour and heart rate.”

He cited, as an example, a chairman who uses one concentration that recommends a remedy for an ailment and another concentration that recommends practice for a same or a opposite condition – practice that should not be undertaken if a studious is regulating a formerly endorsed medication.

“The involvement aspects of a apps can means interdependency problems,” he said. “Multiple interventions of mixed apps can boost or diminution any other’s effects, some of that can be damaging to a user.

“These problems start especially since any app is grown exclusively but meaningful how other apps work.”

Stankovic’s $200,000 extend will account his investigate in building “EyePhy,” a module that will commend conflicts in health and wellness applications and warning a user.

“EyePhy uses a physiological simulator called ‘HumMod,’ that was grown by a medical village to indication a formidable interactions of a tellurian physiology regulating over 7,800 variables,” Stankovic said. He pronounced tests that uncover particular cyber-physical systems applications are protected can't pledge how they will be used and with that other destiny applications they competence run concurrently.

“It is apropos some-more common for people to use mixed apps,” he said. “The normal chairman competence not know how mixed apps competence impact his health due to dark conflicts among a vast series of variables. A apparatus such as EyePhy is vicious to destiny deployments of protected mobile medical apps.”

Stankovic is among some-more than a dozen researchers during a U.Va. School of Engineering and Applied Science who are creation poignant advances in cyber-physical systems. The propagandize has announced a multi-million dollar beginning to sinecure 8 new expertise members and emanate an interdisciplinary laboratory where Stankovic and colleagues will continue to pursue breakthroughs in cyber-physical systems.

Among a goals Stankovic seeks to grasp with a EyePhy module are to support concentration developers with collection and platforms to assistance build their applications; to emanate personal analytic information on and for a users; and to brand problems in genuine time, as medical applications are being used.

He pronounced a chairman regulating a module would need to bucket in a easy medical story during least, such as “white, male, 60, with heart disease.”

Stankovic pronounced he grown a thought while looking during intensity conflicts among programmed systems within a “smart house.”

“I started meditative about what a affects would be in a tellurian body,” he said.

Stankovic is one of 12 researchers awarded a sum of $2.5 million in Washington on Monday. These awards support NSF-funded researchers during universities opposite a U.S. to attend in a 2015 Global City Teams Challenge, an beginning launched in 2014 by a National Institute of Standards and Technology to showcase intelligent technologies with a intensity to renovate cities and communities around a world.

The awards concede teams of researchers, mostly from mixed institutions, to rise new approaches to effectively confederate networked mechanism systems and earthy devices, with a concentration on applications of open benefit.

“Today’s awards are built on advances enabled by NSF’s longstanding investments and care in elemental investigate in computing and information scholarship and engineering,” pronounced Jim Kurose, NSF’s conduct of mechanism and information scholarship and engineering. “Sophisticated networking capabilities and a parsimonious formation of mathematics and earthy systems have enabled today’s intelligent systems. These new projects, and all a participants in a Global Cities Team Challenge, will assistance to comprehend a intelligent and connected communities of tomorrow.”

Source: University of Virginia