BodyNotes - Remote Collaboration Applied to Prosthetics

Remote interaction addressing anatomical landmarks and physical objects will be an important component of healthcare. Simply aiming a webcam and pointing to a location is not an effective solution because the receiving party cannot easily provide feedback or identify other important landmarks. BodyNotes is a mobile tool designed to address these issues. During Health and Wellness Innovation 2011, David Sengeh of the Biomechatronics group and Alex Olwal of the Camera Culture group at the MIT Media Lab built a prototype of BodyNotes and applied the technology to the problem of prosthetic socket pain tracking and modification management. Patients can easily track pain related to socket fit over time and then communicate remotely with a prosthetist to efficiently address issues that arise. BodyNotes integrates with CollaboRhythm for extended functionality. This allows BodyNotes to leverage the Indivo X back-end of CollaboRhythm for secure patient data storage and front-end tools for experience sampling, data visualization, and remote collaboration.

Health and Wellness Innovation 2011

New Media Medicine's second annual Health and Wellness Innovation activity was held at the MIT Media Lab in January 2011. Eleven teams took their ideas for patient empowerment from concept to prototype in just two weeks. Their exciting results have been captured in a series of videos that we will be releasing in regular blog posts throughout this month. Here is the intro video to get things rolling.

Health 2.0 Developer Challenge

Health 2.0 has been running a series of one-day Developer Challenges over the past few months. On Saturday, February 19th, 2011 they came to the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge, MA. Erick Passos and Alex Olwal of the MIT Media Lab's Camera Culture group joined forces with John Moore and Scott Gilroy of the New Media Medicine group. In the course of just a few hours, they integrated Netra (an interactive, portable, and inexpensive solution for evaluating vision and eye disorders that has been developed by the Camera Culture group) with CollaboRhtyhm. The demonstration allowed a remote medical professional to review the results of the user’s eye assessment immediately. In addition, the user and the professional could collaboratively navigate the history of results through an interactive visualization.  The team won 2nd place in the challenge and will advance to the final round in San Diego on March 21st and 22nd. Stay tuned for more details.

New Media Medicine's Medical Home

We decided that, if we hope to demonstrate the future of how patients manage their health, we better think beyond individial devices. We built a model patient home and have started to populate it with health sensors, ambient displays, and typical consumer electronic devices such as a mobile phone, television, and desktop computer. CollaboRhythm invisibly synchronizes all of the devices to provide a seamless experience. We should not have to think about the right device for the right task, instead it should be possilbe to use the device that is most convenient at the moment or that has the best affordances for the task at hand. Health management should not be a burdensome task driven by annoying systems that interrupt our every move. Instead, awareness cues should blend into our environment so that we can maintain our health without disengaging from our lives.

Health 2.0 2010 Logo

John Moore, Scott Gilroy, and Ian Eslick attended at the Health 2.0 2010 Conference in San Francisco. John and Scott presented in the Success Stories of Partnerships that Reform Health Care Delivery segment. They introduced the philosophy of the CollaboRhythm platform and acted out a vignette that illustrated some core features. Ian was part of the Patients 2.0 panel where he advocated for involving patients in the process of scientific discovery.

Moore featured in Greater Boston Program

John Moore was featured on a Greater Boston program exploring potential applications of 4G internet. He discusses the benefits of health awareness, real-time disease simulation, and continuous health coaching. Andy Lippman and Inna Lobel of the Viral Communications Group are also featured in the program.

HealthMap Swine Flu Page

Clark Freifeld and his collaborators partnered with the New England Journal of Medicine to provide real-time updates of the H1N1 epidemic from April 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010. The historical archive is available at

Proto Magazine Patient Language Visualization

An article in the Fall 2009 issue of Proto Magazine discusses the prospects of mining valuable information from online patient conversation. It discusses Ian Eslick's work on LAMsight and highlights ongoing work in the Collective Discovery project to augment patient interaction with data mined from forums and mailing lists.

The CIMIT Prize competition recognizes student research using novel technologies to address major diagnostic and therapeutic challenges in primary healthcare. It calls for technologic innovations with the greatest potential to support and catalyze improved delivery of healthcare at the frontlines of medicine.

New York Times - Amy Farber

The LAMsight project and collaboration with Amy Farber at the LAM Treatment Alliance were featured in an article in the New York Times. The article discusses various efforts to engage patients in observational studies to form hypotheses and influence biomedical research and contains contributions from Professor Moss and Ian Eslick.