Computing That Serves

Smart and Connected Health


Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 10:00am


Brad Hesse



Christophe Giruad-Carrier

Due in large part to advances in high throughput and connective computing, medicine is at the cusp of a sector-wide transformation that – if nurtured through rigorous scientific innovation – promises to accelerate discovery, improve patient outcomes, decrease costs, and address the complexity of such challenging health problems as cancer, heart disease, and neurological degeneration.  Converging forces include: (a) a better understanding of disease at the molecular level due to the enhanced capacity of genomic and proteomic analytic technologies; (b) enhanced predictive capabilities made possible by large “n” bioinformatics; (c) improved opportunities for early preemption through advances in biomedical imaging and bio-systems modeling; and (d) greater opportunities for activating patients through the evolution of personal access to electronic health records, the diffusion of “smart” mobile technologies, and an increasing use of data from in-home sensors and remote telemedicine applications.  This talk will describe a joint funding effort between the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health called “Smart and Connected Health.”  The purpose of the funding opportunity is to build on recommendations from the President’s Council of Advisors in Science and Technology to fund the advances in networking and information technology that are needed to realize national gains in health and healthcare efficiency.


Bradford (Brad) Hesse is Chief of the National Cancer Institute's Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch.  Dr. Hesse received his degree in social psychology from the University of Utah in 1988 with an accompanying internship in the nascent field of medical informatics.  After completing his degree, he served as a postdoctoral fellow within the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University.  For more than two decades since that time, he has been conducting research in the interdisciplinary fields of social cognition, health communication, health informatics, and user-centered design.  Dr. Hesse was recruited to the National Cancer Institute in 2003 and has since been focusing his energies on bringing the power of evidence-based health communication to bear on the problem of eliminating death and suffering from cancer.  He continues to direct the Health Information National Trends Survey, a biennial general population survey aimed at monitoring the public’s use of health information during a period of enhanced capacity at the crest of the information revolution; and he serves as program director for the Centers of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research, a cutting-edge research initiative aimed at expanding the knowledge base underlying effective cancer communication strategies.   Dr. Hesse has authored or co-authored over 150 publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles, technical reports, books, and book chapters. In 2009, his coauthored book titled “Making Data Talk: Communicating Public Health Data to the Public, Policy Makers, and the Press” was named Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing.