Georgia Magazine - July 2017 - 24

JITEN CHHABRA

One of the apps that
Georgia Tech's
Interactive Media
Technology Center
has tested is a stressmanagement app called
Sharecare, which uses
voice analysis to gauge
the user's stress level.
One of the apps that Chhabra has tested, for example, is a stress-management app called Sharecare, which
uses voice analysis to gauge the user's stress level. An
Atlanta company founded by the creator of WebMD,
Sharecare measures the stress intensity of a call and recognizes whether the user is irritated, worried or nervous.
"I wish more health-tech start-up companies would
validate their health claims, because what you see today
is mostly not backed by research, which casts a shadow
over the whole industry," Chhabra says.
As the industry shifts toward prevention, engineers
and doctors such as Chhabra are thinking about new
ways to monitor health trends to prevent issues from
happening in the first place. One new project at Georgia Tech, for instance, uses a sensor to monitor motion
shifts in a room, so if someone begins to get out of
bed more in the middle of the night, the app tracks the
pattern. This new sensor could be particularly helpful
for adults with aging parents who want to keep an eye
on any new habits or signs that could indicate a health
problem.
"If you think about the ICU at a hospital, we track
vital signs, such as heart rate and respiration, which are
all reactive situations where you have to stabilize the
patient," Chhabra says. "For the last 50 years, that's all
we've done. Instead, think about tracking signs such as
stress and bed exits that can tell you more over a few
months of data, rather than a few days in a hospital."
As part of its push toward future health apps and
devices, Georgia Tech holds workshops around the
state for the public to learn more about the technology
through demonstrations and hands-on experience. The
university also offers professional-education classes on
mobile apps and wearable technology; several of these
workshops are held in Savannah. Georgia Tech undergraduates can take classes to prepare for mobile-app
and wearable-technology jobs.
"In some way, I think activity trackers will define
the millennial generation, especially the ideas around
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fitness, wellness and prevention," Chhabra says. "As far
as the next step in wearables, it's only a matter of time
before something beautiful emerges."

Concerns to consider

With rapid technology advancements, however,
consumers also should be cautious about privacy,
personal information and ownership of data. Now that
long terms-of-service agreements are required for apps
and devices, users tend to click through them without
thinking twice about the data they may be providing to
companies.
"This is all new to all of us, and we need to remember to look at the other side of what's being done
with data that's given up freely," says Amber Hutchins,
a communication and media professor at Kennesaw
State University in Kennesaw. Hutchins, who researches
participatory culture and social media, wrote a paper for
Phi Kappa Phi's Forum magazine about bio-data and the
questions we should ask about wearable technology.
In particular, Hutchins poses four questions to Georgians who use wearable technology and want to think
critically about the data they're producing and, potentially, sending to third-party companies:
* How can we navigate mobile privacy?
* Which apps and devices offer the best privacy and
security?
* What rights to privacy can we expect?
* What encryption services can we use?
"Consistently, I've seen that everybody is concerned
about privacy for different reasons," she says. "One area
we're hardly thinking about is the future audience."
For users in their 30s, this could mean MySpace
photos from the early 2000s still popping up in search
engines, even though old profiles have been deleted. For
students who use Facebook or Snapchat now, this could
mean that future employers can access old posts. For the
next generation, this could mean that photos and data
are available from tablets they used as toddlers.

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