IoT-enabled Mobile Healthcare and Precision Medicine

Introduction

IoT-enabled Mobile Healthcare

Aging population has become a universal phenomenon. In Taiwan, more than 12% of the population is over 65 year-old. With the current birth rate, we are expecting the number to rise to 20% in 2025. Taiwan will become a Super Aged Society earlier than South Korea, Singapore and the US. A Super Aged Society would post great challenges to the nation’s healthcare and financial systems. Therefore, many countries have been putting in great efforts and resources on developing Predictive Medical Technologies. With the help of the advanced technology of sensors, cloud computing and information and communication, an industry of Smart Healthcare has been shaped. Smart Healthcare industry integrates sensors, software and services, creating a Connected Ecosystem that includes mobile healthcare services, remote care, wearable devices and elderly care. The ecosystem would eventually provide seamless and customized healthcare services, allowing users to better manage their health. Having the same goal in mind, our team aims to:

  • Cooperate with China Medical University and Asia University Hospital for advancing our R&D and promoting commercial applications
  • Leverage Big Data, Cyber Physical System (CPS), and Blockchain to build an IOT-driven healthcare platform
  • Create a patient-oriented, full-stack “IOT Healthcare Ecosystem Data-Lake,” including hospital ERP & HIS, national health insurance database, social data, online behaviors, environment/lifestyle data etc. We would extract analyses from the data-lake, enabling hospitals, doctors and nurses to monitor timely and all-round health data.
  • Provide three solutions: elderly care, smart hospitals and sensor integration in mobile healthcare. These solutions tend to the all aspects from the hospital to the patients, even to the details of motions, aiming to provide advanced healthcare services.

Precision Medicine

A new era of medical revolution started when President Obama enacted policies of Precision Medicine, which refer to personalized genetic information for diagnosis and thus improve treatment. According to a report from Research and Markets, the global market for Precision Medicine is growing in a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 12.6%, and will have a value of 88 billion in 2020.
Asia University works with China Medical University, and has access to the resource of 15 hospitals in Taiwan. Therefore, our research goal is to establish a Dry Lab of big data analysis for Precision Medicine. We offer technical supports in the fields below:

  • Establish data platforms that offer dynamic structure and relation database in the following fields: genetics, clinical medicine, healthcare database in Taiwan, database of NIH in the U.S., and database of wearable devices. These platforms would advance and accelerate the research in Precision Medicine.
  • Establish Precision Medicine platforms. Besides providing the medical data listed above, we also offers environments for parallel processing system which accelerate data transferring and computing and increase the efficiency of the transformation from computing framework to data framework in the analysis of algorithm.
  • Develop personal medical applications and services, which will assist doctors in diagnosing and treating patients.

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