Hacking the hype in digital health

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

2.30 p.m.

ISI seminar room 1st floor

Dr. Onicio B. Leal-Neto - Post-doc researcher at Center for Child Well-being and Development University of Zurich, Switzerland

Digital health is an intersection of several areas providing innovative tools and improving how healthcare and public health field can be improved and aligned with many available technologies. The bad thing is the hype that is occurring for misuse these technologies missing the opportunity to generate positive impact on society. In this talk we will present past and current projects that address different digital health verticals (digital disease detection, participatory surveillance, wearables and early warning systems) to impact people in several scenarios of application such as mass gatherings and child development.
Traditional health surveillance systems often do not provide a timely information to have early detection of potential diseases outbreaks. During mass gatherings like Confederations Cup, Fifa World Cup and Olympics Games in Brazil two platforms were implemented to complement traditional sources, bringing an innovative perspective for the disease surveillance. Diseases outbreaks are also a big challenge in places like Malawi, playing a role not only in costs for healthcare but also in child development. An additional layer of complexity could be seen since health data sources in countries like that are not updated due to a low frequency data collection. We are proposing a new approach, using wearables devices to collect non-invasive biomarkers in high-frequency to feed an Early Warning System aiming identify diseases outbreaks and how that could affect child development in long-term.

Biomedical scientist, epidemiologist, collective health specialist, master degree and PhD in Public Health and social entrepreneur. Onicio Leal is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Child Well-being & Development - University of Zurich leading projects for the application of wearables and machine learning for child development. He founded the Center for Strategic Information of Health Surveillance in Recife, acting as Epidemiological Intelligence Service in the preparedness for risk monitoring during the Confederations Cup 2013 and World Cup 2014. He was a consultant to the Pan American Health Organization and UNICEF, implementing digital disease detection in several projects. He is co-founder of Epitrack, where developed projects in Brazil using participatory surveillance and data analytics for public and private health sector. He is one of the ambassadors of Singularity University in Brazil, leading SingularityU Recife Chapter. His research topics are: Digital Disease Detection, Participatory surveillance, Spatial analysis, Digital epidemiology.