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Exploring the Digital Phenotype

January 6, 2017

Jared Hawkins, MMSc, PhD
Director of Informatics, Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator, Faculty, Computational Health Informatics Program, Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

About the Presentation: Through social media, forums and online communities, wearable technologies and mobile devices, there is a growing body of health-related data that can shape our assessment of human illness. Collectively, this data comprises an individual’s ‘digital phenotype’ – unique, unsolicited and real-time information about a person’s health. Dr. Hawkins’ research focuses on using digital phenotypes for population health surveillance, specifically to identify and analyze specific sub-populations over space and time with the goal of better understanding patient behavior and disease dynamics. Some current research topics discussed during this presentation include foodborne illness, insomnia, autism, febrile illness, patient experience and mental health.

About the Presenter: Jared Hawkins is a faculty member in the Boston Children’s Hospital Computational Health Informatics Program (Computational Epidemiology Lab), the Director of Informatics in the Innovation Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He received a PhD in Immunology from Tufts Medical School and a MMSc in Biomedical Informatics from Harvard Medical School. Jared works translationally bringing digital health projects from research into implementation and enterprise.