The ASU-HealthVault Project is about finding the best, easiest way to help people make good health decisions in their daily lives by knowing the effects of those choices. While many of us track our health data such as exercise, weight, or calories using either old fashioned pen or paper or smartphone apps, integrating those data to make good, easy health decisions that work is very tricky.

Within the broader community, those collective data are an extremely powerful tool for determining how to build better health systems and environments, but we have few good existing models for how to harness that knowledge for the public good. 

Scheduled to launch in Fall 2013, ASU is partnering with Microsoft HealthVault to provide an integrated system for all our students to track and get personal feedback their everyday diet, exercise, and stress status.  HealthVault allows students to connect to multiple wireless technologies in a way that stores, and importantly, makes sense of how their choices are affecting their overall health profile.

Mayo Clinic’s NEAT-Lab is developing an OS branded accelerometer that will measure everyday exercise and sleep, and we are working with PRECOR to measure student exercise in the recreation centers and ARAMARK to track food use in the dining halls. Wireless kiosks that measure BMI are located in the residence halls.  

Through partnership with ASU’s Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) initiative, these data can be mined across the total student community to track emerging and otherwise often un-seeable health trends and tap the collective experience of students to innovate how we support health promotion on campus and beyond.  The vast array of ways we can use these data range from personalized, and hence more meaningful, health messaging to enhancing amenities on campus that best promote physical and mental health.

For information about this project contact Alexandra Brewis Slade.