On Sunday, Deborah Estrin, Network member and professor of computer science, took part in the Charter Day Weekend event at Cornell University. Estrin participated in the “Wellness, Fulfillment and Good Health” panel with Dr. Orli R. Etingin, Tanzeem Choudhury and Dr. Mark S. Lachs.
“Medically oriented apps on smartphones, Estrin said, ‘are the feedback loops of health. The way we use smartphones and wearable devices and our online behavior are all generating digital traces we call ‘small data,’’ she said. New apps document how users respond to medications or physical therapy. ‘Now our behavior becomes data and is available for analysis.’ Small data, Estrin said, can detect early signs of Alzheimer’s disease or whether arthritis is becoming more disabling.”