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Northeastern University has a launched a new program, called Personal Health Informatics, to use technology to help people take more control over their health, and to improve the delivery of health care. Students and faculty are developing devices and apps to monitor patients and give feedback they can act on.
“The goal is really to be observing what happens from a patient’s point of view,” said Stephen Intille, ) a Northeastern faculty member. “Where can we insert technology to make their experience better?”
Their technology is now being used to analyze what causes tantrums in autistic students, monitor exercise and fitness levels among residents in Roxbury, and provide hospital patients with mor information on their condition and caregivers.