mHealth Connect

Bringing Consumer Wearables and Apps into Clinics and Research Labs

As the wearables market continues its remarkable growth, there is an increased awareness and interest among clinicians and clinically focused researchers to utilize this technology within their work. The ability to gather information from patients 24/7 on a long-term basis and to study and influence the behaviors and health of millions of individuals in real-time has the potential to radically transform medicine, health policy, and other clinically related fields. However, there is currently limited use of wearables within clinics and research labs.

mHealth Connect is a day-long workshop that aims to improve the use of physical activity wearables and apps for clinical purposes. By bringing together device and app developers with a diverse group of clinicians and researchers, the workshop seeks to foster cross-understanding, seed collaborations, and identify key barriers and next steps to advance this field.

Participation in the workshop is by invitation only.  The session “Consumer Wearables: The Path to Clinical Application” was broadcast via livestream. Recordings of the talks and panel discussion are available on our YouTube channel.

Meeting Details

Where:  Berg Hall, Li Ka Shing (LKSC) Building at Stanford University
When: March 17, 2016


9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome and Workshop Goals
Scott Delp and Ida Sim
9:15 am – 9:45 am Introductions: Round 1
All attendees
9:45 am – 11:00 am Consumer Wearables: The Path to Clinical Application
Recordings of the talks and panel discussion available

9:45 am – 9:50 am
Opening Remarks
Moderator: David Shaywitz
Chief Medical Officer, DNAnexus
Co-Founder and West Coast Innovation Lead,
Center for Assessment Technology and Continuous Health (CATCH),
Massachusetts General Hospital

9:50 am – 10:00 am
Leveraging Information Technologies and Citizen Science
for Population-Wide Health Promotion

Abby King
Professor of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology)
and of Medicine (Stanford Prevention Research Center)
Stanford University 

10:00 am – 10:10 am
Physical Performance Monitoring:
Making Fitness Trackers Clinically Relevant

Matthew Smuck
Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R)
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Stanford University

10:10 am – 10:20 am
Sensing Movement and Activity through First Person Vision
Jim Rehg
Professor in the School of Interactive Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology

10:20 am – 10:30 am
The Mobile Device as a Sensor for Worldwide Physical Activity and Health
Jure Leskovec
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Stanford University

10:30 am – 11:00 am
Panel Discussion
Moderator: David Shaywitz

11:00 am – 11:15 am Break
11:15 am – 11:45 am Introductions: Round 2
All attendees
11:45 am – 1:30 pm Demos, Networking, and Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:15 pm Breakouts: Challenges to Bringing
Consumer Wearables and Apps to Clinics

All attendees

  • Home run clinical use cases
  • Validation of devices
  • Data use partnerships
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Defining a Collaborative Way Forward
All attendees
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Reception

Sponsored by the Mobilize Center and the Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K) Center of Excellence