At HD2i, one of our core missions is to engage in strategic partnerships with early stage health technology companies. Our bet is that the technologies that will power next-generation healthcare are more likely to come from these folks than from established players. We aim to pair the best aspects of entrepreneurship with the expertise and rigor of an academic medical center to accelerate progress. Our first realization of that vision is the Health Entrepreneur Partners Program, in which we identify and build the algorithmic and statistical tools that help entrepreneurs use data to drive their products forward.
Integration of remote sensor data with traditional clinical data sources is an exciting new area of biomedical research. Increasingly, clinical trial protocols incorporate wearable biosensors to remotely measure things like activity, heart function, blood glucose and oxygen saturation. This is an exciting opportunity because it allows us to view participants in their natural environments instead of in a laboratory setting. The tradeoff is that the devices need to be consumer friendly and usable without a research technician.
Sleep is important for myriad clinical and personal outcomes such as cognitive function, mood, mental health and heart disease. Sleep patterns vary considerably from individual to individual and from night to night, and are affected by a variety of factors including obesity, respiratory symptoms (coughing, sneezing), age, gender, and alcohol intake. It’s not much of a stretch to imagine that almost all aspects of our daily life - stress, food and drink, exercise, our relationships with our children, partners and friends, the type of work we do and how much, various emotions - could potentially impact our sleep.
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