Computer Science Department




Ongoing Mobile Health Research at the Health Delivery Institute at WPI

Prof. Emmanuel Agu – WPI, Computer Science Department

Prof. Diane Strong – WPI, School of Business


Friday, April 5, 2013

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Fuller Labs 320




In this talk, we present an overview of healthcare research projects at the Healthcare Delivery Institute (HDI) at WPI, focusing especially on mobile health projects. We provide a broad overview of mobile health and the use of smartphones for health purposes.

We use our diabetes app to illustrate how mobile apps can help patients monitor and control chronic diseases and their own health and wellbeing, in cooperation with their care team. Our diabetes app project, which is NSF funded, involves developing and testing an app that helps patients track the healing of their diabetic foot ulcer, as well as track their glucose, weight, and exercise. Our team of researchers includes four WPI professors, three graduate students, and four UMass Medical School researchers.


Diane M. Strong is a Professor in the School of Business at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Director of its IT programs. She received her Ph.D. in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on Heatlh IT, including EHRs, PHRs, and patient-centered smartphone applications. She is a founding member of WPI’s Healthcare Delivery Institute (HDI) and PI of two NSF grants, one focused on EHR-associated organizational changes and one on developing an app to support patients in self-managing type 2 diabetes. Prior to her focus on health IT, she studied the implementation and use of ERP systems, task-technology fit, and the quality of data. Her publications have appeared in a number of journals, including MISQ, JMIS, Organization Science, CAIS, JSIS, EJIS, Information and Organization, Information & Management, IEEE Computer and CACM.


Professor Emmanuel Agu has been involved in research in mobile and ubiquitous computing for over fifteen years and has researched and developed a wide range of mobile applications including location-aware tour guides, location-aware security modules, a mobile incident reporting application for the WPI Emergency Medical Services, and a mobile and distributed graphics framework (MADGRAF).

Specific to healthcare, since 2011, he has been involved in mobile health research including an NSF funded project to develop a mobile application for patients with advanced diabetes, which automatically analyzes the healing progress of their foot ulcers and helps them manage their condition at home.



Refreshments will be served.