The honeybee is nature’s best collector and communicator of data. In this role, the honeybee provides the Center for Sustainable Health with an inspirational model for the collection and validation of data to sustain human health.
Identify an important clinical endpoint to predict
Our nursing team will identify clinical situations where monitoring and predicting outpatient disease progression could improve patient outcomes and/or reduce healthcare costs. Our focus will be on the problem the sensor is intended to help solve, rather than only on the sensor itself.
Identify relevant commercial wearable sensors
Our interdisciplinary team of engineers, nurses, design and business students will investigate commercial wearable sensors to determine the physiological parameters they report and their accuracy and reliability, and compare performance for optimum cost/performance ratio.
Establish cohort of patients
We will then will analyze the data output of commercial devices to determine how to extract rich data parameters. Interdisciplinary teams will do small clinical trials to correlate—with high sensitivity and specificity–patient progression with data signals.
Commercialization: Change the standard of care
Finally, we will map a commercialization strategy. Devices proven to improve patient outcomes while reducing healthcare costs would—along with its application—become appropriate subjects for randomized clinical trial and FDA approval.
ASU’s new course “Interdisciplinary Approaches for Innovating in Healthcare Technologies” is designed to provide advanced undergraduate and Master’s level students in Engineering, Nursing and Business with an understanding of the evidentiary foundations of healthcare.
Students will experience interprofessional education, with the goal of producing graduates who are able to work effectively with other professionals from different disciplines and with patients and families to deliver the highest quality of care and improve health outcomes.
Students will learn to analyze the management of a disease from the standpoints of population impact, individual morbidity and mortality, risk factors, prevention strategies, early disease detection, therapeutic management and outcome metrics. We will consider the opportunities to develop new diagnostic tests for standard care in the developed world and to adapt existing technologies for use in poor countries. This course will also provide students with an understanding of the processes and protocols for biomedical device verification and validation testing for safe and efficacious medical diagnostics and devices. Students will also learn about managing the commercial development of a new device for successful introduction into the marketplace.
This course is a hybrid course interweaving lecture, demonstration, laboratory work and student participation to cover the proposed materials.
After devices have been tested, they will be deployed at our partner health systems with graduate-level students in an ongoing, IRB-approved 1000-patient cohort to monitor outpatients for disease progression or recovery for improved health outcomes and a reduced cost.
The HoneyBee Chronicles is a publication series that highlights unique perspectives from innovative leaders, pivotal work already underway, and ongoing needs and questions.
Through interviews, personal reflections, and case studies—we illustrate the opportunities, advances in technology provide for improving health and lowering costs, as well as for transforming clinical practice and provider-interaction.
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