Project Led By WSU Scientists Shows Benefits Of Smart Tech For Healthcare
A pilot project using smart-home technology for bettering the healthcare is expanding its uses and its locations. It is led by a group of WSU scientists. These projects involve those suffering from dementia, Parkinson’s, and other chronic illnesses. Three WSU scientists were given a grant worth $1.77 million grant for taking this project ahead.
For example, the sensors might record movement as someone gets up to get a glass of water each night, a pattern that the clinician flags as relevant. Then the engineers train the computer to recognize similar patterns that could be encountered in the future.
Roschelle Fritz, a scientist, says that they have learned that engineers can teach the AI to recognize and understand changes in the state of health with about 90% accuracy. The data gathered by in-home sensors was given to computer science and psychology students who were then asked to organize it. They were able to use it to reach a clinical decision.
Fritz is also working on a study with an assistant professor in the College of Nursing in Vancouver, Connie Nguyen-Truong. It is based on the older Asian immigrants’ cultural viewpoints toward smart-home technology. They are working on diversifying the samples by feeding the AI annotated data sets.
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