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Understanding the Potential of Ubiquitous Computing for Chronic Disease Management

Elizabeth D. Mynatt, Gregory D. Abowd, Lena Mamykina and Julie A. Kientz

in Health Informatics

Published by The MIT Press

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780262014328
Published online August 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780262289498 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7551/mitpress/9780262014328.003.0003
Understanding the Potential of Ubiquitous Computing for Chronic Disease Management

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This chapter describes several innovative ubicomp applications that assist in the management of chronic diseases. These applications include ones that promote an emotional connection between patients and their distant family members, provide individuals with mobile monitors to allow capture of diabetes-related data while patients go about their usual daily routines and enable the collections of data by one set of professionals to be analyzed by another set. This chapter suggests that chronic diseases present significant challenges on multiple levels and provides several reasons why chronic diseases do not fit with the traditional health care view.

Keywords: ubicomp applications; chronic disease management; emotional connection; family members; mobile monitors; diabetes; health care

Chapter.  7978 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Knowledge Management

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