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June 29: Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon’s Asim Smailagic To Showcase New Health Kiosk and Virtual Coach Designed To Improve Better Living For Aging Population

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Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon's Asim Smailagic To Showcase New Health
Kiosk and Virtual Coach Designed To Improve Better Living For Aging Population

Event: Carnegie Mellon University's Asim Smailagic and his team of researchers will unveil a new health system designed to monitor a patient's total well being, including blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, balance, hand grip, hearing, visual acuity and stress levels.

Smailagic, a research professor at the College of Engineering's Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES), will demonstrate how America's more than 4 million elderly living alone and also wheelchair-bound patients can easily monitor their own health. The health kiosk and virtual coach resemble a simple work cubicle equipped with the latest health monitoring tools that quickly compile and assess a user's overall health.

"We are developing mobile health nodes that can be used in the home, at nursing homes or at independent living communities to monitor all the important health information so critical to the physician's assessment of users, providing feedback to users and clinicians," said Smailagic, who is co-chairing the first International Symposium on Quality of Life Technology in Pittsburgh this summer. Researchers also report that the health kiosk (called health node) and virtual coach are scheduled to be deployed at several area independent living communities and nursing homes later this summer.

Smailagic and Human-Computer Interaction Director Dan Siewiorek have been conducting related research with the Quality of Life Technology Center, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center, operated jointly by Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh.

When: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 1.

Where: Hamburg Hall, Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, Room 2200, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213.

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