Computing That Serves

Leveraging Mobile and Social Technologies for Health Behavior Measurement, Intervention and Environmental Assessment


Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 11:00am


Kevin Patrick

Professor of Family and Preventative Medicine at UCSD

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««««Computational Health Science Lecture Series»»»»


Christophe Giraud-Carrier

Co-hosted by Department of Health Science and Department of Computer Science


The rapidly growing ecosystem of mobile and social technologies provides anunprecedented opportunity to better understand the causes of premature death and disability aswell as how to prevent disease and promote health. His talk will provide an overview of severalprojects Dr. Patrick and his colleagues at UCSD/Calit2 are working on including use of these technologies to assess factors in the environment that contribute to disease. Dr. Patrick will also provide an overview of how his research group is using mobile and social technologies to promote improved health behaviors related to obesity.


Kevin Patrick, MD, MS is Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at UCSD, Director of the Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems at Calit2, and Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. He is a Senior Advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research Program, a past president of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, served on the Secretary's Council for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and as a member of the Armed Forces Epidemiology Board. He has been a PI or Co-PI on more than $35 million in research and training grantsfunded by NIH, NSF, CDC, HRSA and others. His research explores how to use mobile and social technologies to measure and improve health status and its relationship with the environment. Dr. Patrick is Co-founder of Santech, Inc. of San Diego, Ca, which is developing mobile wireless systems for health promotion, wellness and health care services.