Stanford launches mHealth research center

Stanford (Calif.) University has launched the Stanford Center for Medical Mobile Technology, a new research center dedicated to new ways to bring wearables and other mobile devices into healthcare.

 The research conducted at the new center is "necessary to harness the full potential of mobile technologies in the healthcare arena," said Matthew Smuck, MD, founder and director of the Stanford Center for Medical Mobile Technology. "While biometric information is increasingly available in the commercial sector, it commonly lacks the scientific validity necessary to make the transition to healthcare applications. By applying rigorous medical research methodology and advanced statistics to the analysis of mobile technology data, we aim to create new insights into human diseases and develop novel tools for disease detection and prevention."

Dr. Smuck is also the cofounder of Vivametrica, maker of an analytics platform for wearables.

The center currently has several studies underway, including research into the impact of customized mobile devices on home exercise therapy compliance and the effectiveness of accelerometry to quantify functional outcomes in lumbar spinal stenosis patients.

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