Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago
Recent advances in mobile health (mHealth) technologies such as smartphones, mobile apps, and wearable activity trackers, create unparalleled opportunities for both biomedical research and clinical practice. At the same time, they are raising questions and posing challenges for practitioners and researchers. This presentation aims to discuss some of these opportunities and challenges shaping R&D in the area of digital health by focusing on key findings from the development and application of a mobile health technology platform (iCardia) in three ongoing clinical trials. The first trial (n=92) aims to assess the efficacy of a patient-centered mHealth intervention for patients with heart failure. The second trial (n=345) aims to assess the effectiveness of four adaptive mHealth interventions for increasing physical activity and improving cardiovascular health in employed women. The third trial (n=686) aims to assess the effectiveness of an ED-based intervention supplemented with mHealth for self-management of hypertension. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of future directions for research.
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Dr. Kitsiou is an Assistant Professor and Director of the mHealth Innnovation Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research focuses on the development and evaluation of mobile health technology-based interventions for self-management of chronic conditions and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors. Since joining UIC, Dr. Kitsiou has secured ~5 million dollars in funding from the National Institutes of Health to evaluate the effects of different mobile health technology-based interventions in chronic conditions such as heart failure, hypertension, and asthma. His research has appeared in top-ranked health informatics and clinical journals, including Circulation, Pediatrics, the Journal of Medical Internet Research, and PLOS One.