Healthcare Innovation

The Digital Mesh

Exploiting sensors and indoor localization for intelligent ambient assisted living to realize the digital mesh for healthcare and wellness.

Improved health is not just limited to physiological health conditions, but takes into account human cognition and cognitive health. Additionally, modern day healthcare systems often tend to ignore the constructs and requirements for seamless wellness interventions to healthy people, and rather limit their focus to people who require constant medical attention. Opportunities from a 'connected' home, through optimally located sensors and elegantly designed information interfaces, can procure rich and proliferated data that, in turn, can be used to support a spectrum of services ranging from clinical decisions to everyday wellness monitoring.

Our Approach

"Sense of Place" is a commonly referred term in architecture, urban design and planning, and addresses places that have an association with a strong meaning, names, or definitions by users, their activities, and comfort. A "sense" of place is governed by how people interact with their environment in general, and how sustainable this interaction becomes over a period. While these concepts have a strong overlap with understanding people and their behaviors, little effort has been made to promote healthy living in these spaces.

We explore a new approach “The Digital Mesh” that will approximate the experiential design of spaces with the help of sensory data, tracking moods, movements, other physiological parameters (weight, temperature, DNA, heart rate, glucose, sleep), and users' interactions in a built environment. This digital mesh of wellness information is generated from human behavior, location, and sense of an activity in time and space. Our vision is to give users an experiential “feel” of the following:

  • Self Reliance: Proper education and support to make informed decisions; healthcare tools to help patients actively participate.
  • Best Praxis: Evidence-based treatments, quality improvement and social recommendations.
  • Mutation: Approach and resolve medical problems through design thinking.
  • Communication: Transmission and health monitoring of users by remote caregivers.

Business Engagements

Designed, developed and piloted a location and sensor data driven mobile application “Whisp” to promote wellness in workplaces.

Scientific Impact

""Hey, the water cooler sent you a joke!": 'Smart', Pervasive and Persuasive Ethnography," published as Article 6 in the series Data, Design and Civics: Ethnographic Perspectives, 2016.
A research publication from pilot data is under revision and to be submitted for publication in a HCI conference.