Capturing health data in everyday life

Paul Tarini on the link between health care and observations of daily living.

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Last week I was privileged to speak with Paul Tarini, team director of the Pioneer Portfolio at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Our full interview is available in the associated podcast. Topics and questions we covered included:

  • What happens when you actually solve a health care problem?
  • How the foundation’s Project HealthDesign aims to capture observations of daily living (ODLs) like sleep patterns and eating habits.
  • Current trends in computing and health care. Specifically, how capturing, tracking, and understanding health data can help manage chronic disease

Disclosure: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was a sponsor of the health track at last week’s OSCON convention.

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  • Patti Brennan

    Thanks to Brian for this interview from Paul Tarini, and thanks to Paul for the shout-out for Project HealthDesign. Sam Faus from Sujansky & Associates, creators of the Project HealthDesign Common Platform, presented some of the lessons learned about the technical challenges of separating data from the applications designed to use it. Watch for a paper by Sujansky et al in the upcoming JBI special supplement on Project HealthDesign, due out in mid-August, for more details!

  • johna clayton

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