Mobile Sensors Track Health of Elderly in Pilot Test (US News and World Report)

Dartmouth Medical School Professor Ethan M. Berke is the lead author on a new study measuring health indicators in the elderly. (photo courtesy of Darmtouth Medical School)

Dartmouth Medical School professor Ethan M. Berke is the lead author on a new study using mobile sensing devices to measure simple behaviors that are key indicators of health. The study was published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

As reported on the U.S. News and World Report website, Berke and his co-authors, Assistant Professor of Computer Science Tanzeem Choudhury and graduate students Shahid Ali and Mashfiqui Rabbi, tracked eight senior citizens using the devices, measuring time spent sitting, standing, walking, and talking with others. Changes in these everyday behaviors can potentially predict health problems.

"It's an easy jump to imagine other populations using this as well," commented Berke, who is also the director of the Population Health Research Center at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

Read the full story about the study, produced by HealthDay News and published online by U.S. News and World Report on 07/13/11.