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Beyond body monitoring: the next generation of health data analysis
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Beyond body monitoring: the next generation of health data analysis
Vice President of Research and Development, Jawbone
With 160 million wearable body monitors expected to be sold in the consumer and medical markets annually over the next few years, the growing popularity of body monitoring is generating rich 24x7 health... Read more

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With 160 million wearable body monitors expected to be sold in the consumer and medical markets annually over the next few years, the growing popularity of body monitoring is generating rich 24x7 health and lifestyle data. That data is typically stored on an individual’s computer and/or mobile phone, while other pertinent data is stuck in silos at physicians’ offices, pharmacies and on medical devices like blood pressure monitors. Emerging technology will be able to combine data from multiple sources to identify patterns that can aid in predicting and/or managing certain conditions.

In the case of a Type 2 diabetic, for example, data from sources such as a body monitor, glucometer, food log and doctors’ offices might be correlated to determine the effect of variables such as sleep duration, heart rate, activity levels and eating habits on an individual patient’s glucose readings. In addition, examining data across large populations will provide an opportunity to draw broader inferences about the effects of different lifestyles on groups with common health problems and potentially guide behavioral modification and/or treatment recommendations.

BodyMedia has been setting the stage for this kind of analysis for 14 years with a powerful analytics engine that drives the data delivered to users of its body monitoring armbands. Internally, that engine has been used for functions such as powering a personalized feedback program that recommends activity and dietary adjustments in real time – based on each user’s actual calorie expenditure and food intake for the day – to help users reach their daily calorie burn targets. The BodyMedia analytics engine has also been used in various third-party research studies to correlate calorie burn, exercise intensity and/or sleep pattern data collected by BodyMedia armbands with other information to examine conditions such as obesity, COPD, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, cancer, bariatrics, sleep and intensive care.

A new body monitoring system scheduled for release in September – the BodyMedia CORE 2 – will also expand the collection of data that can be used for analysis by adding an optional heart rate sensor that will allow minute-by-minute capture of heart rate data when wearing the CORE 2 armband. Added to BodyMedia’s temperature, heat flux, galvanic skin response and 3-axis accelerometer sensors, the new heart rate monitor will also advance the self-tracking capabilities of consumer activity monitoring products by giving users more information to support the quantified self movement.

Ivo Stivoric, an innovator and visionary in multi-sensor wearables who is internationally recognized for his role in developing today’s consumer body monitoring category, is Jawbone’s Vice President of Research and Development. He is responsible for expanding Jawbone’s proprietary wearable and sensor technology into new health and wellness arenas for both consumer and healthcare applications.

As a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of BodyMedia, acquired by Jawbone in 2013, Ivo has been a pioneer and leader in the development of wearable computing and wearable body monitors since 1999. His work has led directly to over 90 patents, broad adoption of wearable computing devices for consumer lifestyle management as well as medical research, and one of the largest living databases of raw and real-world human sensor data on the planet with more than 500 trillion sensor points collected and analyzed over 14 years.

Those achievements culminated in EE Times 40 honors as one of 40 innovators building the foundation of the next-gen electronics industry. Ivo’s background also includes serving as a co-founder of the Interaction Design Studio at the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, and co-director of the awardwinning Mobile + Wearable Computing Design Studio at the Engineering Design Research Center – both at Carnegie Mellon University.  He holds an M.S. in Interaction Design with a concentration in Integrated Product Development, and a B.F.A. in Industrial Design with a concentration in sculpture, both from Carnegie Mellon.

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