Title: Integrating disease-correlated ambient information into reliable and privacy-preserving pervasive health monitoring
Many diseases are strongly correlated with and affected by ambient environment, such as temperature and ultraviolet. Some of these diseases like skin cancer are common and can be serious to result in death. Each year more than two million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. Meanwhile, according to CDC WONDER, Oklahoma has the highest mortality rate for melanoma in the U.S. In order to enable better control and treatment of these diseases, it is desirable to integrate correlated ambient information into pervasive health monitoring systems, for both medical research and health-care services. In this project, the team will design and develop the first pervasive health monitoring system that integrates disease-correlated ambient factors. In addition, it will also surpass all existing ones by providing reliable, efficient and privacy-preserving data collection and transmission. At the completion of this project, it not only will greatly enhance the preventive, proactive and patient-centered treatment to many chronic diseases, but also can facilitate the research on discovering new correlations between ambient factors and disease development.