Monday, April 16, 2007

Piloting a virtual health care helper - Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology:

Piloting a virtual health care helper : "'Laura' is quick to give a concerned look or words of encouragement to people as they try to lose weight. She is empathetic and appears to understand the art of forming relationships. All that, and she is but an animated character that lives in a new computer program under development at Northeastern University. Partners Healthcare System Inc., the largest health-care provider in Massachusetts, is gearing up for a clinical trial of the computer program through its Center for Connected Health. The study aims to determine whether Laura, a virtual weight-loss coach, can help obese people to become more active and lose weight."

This is a great idea ! Ideally, the virtual helper could be a tool which could be programmed in to the ubiquitous cell-phone everyone carries these days !

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