Related Projects



Using Low-Cost Sensing to Support Self-Management: An Initial Study

Recruitment: Invite Only


People living with a spinal cord injury (SCI) often need help learning and mastering the skills required to take care of themselves independently. Traditionally individuals with SCI have worked to develop these skills either alone or with the help of a trained clinical professional. Since working alone is not effective and working with a professional is too expensive, researchers have investigated computer-and smartphone-based tools that would support patient's ability to self-manage at less cost than face-to-face clinic visits.

In this project we are developing a particular type of smartphone-based self-management tool. This type of tool uses sensors (both on the phone and in the environment) to observe and track patients' self-management activities. Automatically tracking activities could help lower the burden on the user and allow the system to figure out which self-management activities ought to be recommended next. Activity tracking is becoming increasingly common in both research and commercial systems, yet little work has been done to adapt this technique to SCI populations. Our main objective is to investigate the potential of activity tracking for people with SCI.


MCubed Project: Incorporating Tailored Adherence Assessment and Promotion into the U-M System for Pediatric and Young Adults

Proposed by: Emily Fredericks, clinical associate professor of Pediatrics. MCubed is a seed funding program at the University of Michigan.

Doctor with tablet

Nonadherence to medical regimens is a highly prevalent and expensive problem. Health care systems are being charged with the task of developing and disseminating strategies to improve adherence among patients as part of quality control efforts. However, before improving adherence, it is first necessary to develop scalable strategies to feasibly and reliably assess adherence across patient populations.

Here at the University of Michigan Health System, this would involve innovating techniques to incorporate adherence assessments and tailored feedback for both patients and providers into MiChart and patient portals. The goal of the proposed project is to develop and test the feasibility of a strategy to assist clinicians in assessing and promoting adherence and self-management skills in pediatric and young adult patients with chronic health conditions.

We plan to use the MCubed process to develop a procedure to assess adherence in a way that informs and improves clinical care, quality control and research initiatives.