PA Dept of Health Executive Deputy Michael Wolf Explores QOLT's Health Kiosk-Quality of Life Technology Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, August 13, 2012

PA Dept of Health Executive Deputy Michael Wolf Explores QOLT's Health Kiosk

Michael Wolf receives a demonstration of the Multi-User Health Kiosk from QoLT's Judy Matthews.
Michael Wolf receives a demonstration of the Multi-User Health Kiosk from QoLT's Judy Matthews.

Pennsylvania Department of Health Executive Deputy Secretary Michael Wolf received a personal demonstration of QoLT's Health Kiosk during a special visit Monday honoring CURE Program research awards to CMU's Lane Center for Computational Biology.

The Lane Center was awarded nearly $1 million from Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (CURE) program to develop digital image analysis tools that will guide physicians in identifying and treating aggressive prostate cancer tumors and pediatric liver tumors.  Robert F. Murphy, director of CMU’s Lane Center for Computational Biology, will direct the two-year project, “Automated Biomarker Identification for Cancer Detection and Prognosis,” which will bring together researchers at Carnegie Mellon with investigators at UPMC and Omnyx, LLC.

Following the Lane Center's award presentation, Wolf visited the Quality of Life Technology Center and received a personal demonstration of the Multi-User Health Kiosk, a Home and Community Health and Wellness research testbed developed under the guidance of Dan Siewiorek, Asim Smailagic, Judy Matthews and Karen Courtney.  Like the Lane Center's project, the Health Kiosk was also developed with the assistance of biomedical research funding emerging from Pennsylvania's tobacco settlement. 

QoLT's Health Kiosk is a communal kiosk system designed for senior citizens providing an easy, convenient and affordable way to collect their health vital measurements by themselves and communicate these measurements to their doctors when needed.  The project has been an early study in providing remote health or telehealth solutions for older adults.

An integrated sensor-based system, the Health Kiosk features a range of vital health supporting software, including: heart rate monitor, blood pressure cuff, digital seated scale, blood oxygen level, hand grip dynamometer and Wii balance board. In addition to device-based testing, the Kiosk also offers hearing and vision assessments, as well as the ability for clinicians and administrators to design surveys with multiple choice and fill-in questions designed for their remote, senior patients. These surveys provide diagnostic screening for conditions like depression and anxiety, a way to quantify changes in appetite, sleep, etc., over time, as well as population data.

Get more details on QoLT's Health Kiosk by downloading our project backgrounder [pdf].  Or learn more about biomedical research funding in Pennsylvania by read about the Lane Center's recent award from the CURE Program and visitng the PA Cancer Alliance website.


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By: Kristen Sabol, ksabol@cs.cmu.edu, 412-268-3795