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We’re Getting the Data. Now What?

Biostatistics Professor Ciprian Crainiceanu, PhD, isn’t satisfied with just counting steps or calories. He wants to know what all the data we’re collecting through the new generation of “wearables” such as the Apple Watch or FitBit really mean.

“The list of health-relevant bio-signals we can measure goes on and on.”

Ciprian Crainiceanu, PhD, Professor, Department of Biostatistics
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Crainiceanu doesn’t develop wearable devices but instead works with the data they collect through sensors such as accelerometers, GPS trackers and sleep monitors. Armed with this data, he has begun to develop software that can not only detect how well a patient is recovering but can also predict who might need to go back into the hospital.

“The list of health-relevant bio-signals we can measure goes on and on. What we haven’t been so good at is figuring out what it all means, but we’re improving,” says Crainiceanu.