Designing Adaptive Technology to Provide Personalized Support to Cancer Patients

Beth Mynatt
Maia Jacobs, Rachel Feinberg

We design, deploy, and evaluate mobile health tools that support and meet patients needs over time from diagnosis of a chronic disease, through treatment and into survivorship. Our research explores the ability for personalized, adaptable, mobile tools to support patients over the course of their individual breast cancer journeys. Our technology needs to anticipate and recognize barriers to care that occur at various points in a cancer journey, adapt with the patient as they navigate these barriers, and successfully provide patients with the tools and resources they need to manage and mitigate such barriers. The goal of our work is to improve patient health outcomes by supporting patients' outside of the clinic by helping them to learn about, engage with, and manage their disease alongside the demands of daily life.

Beth Mynatt

We introduce a new area of interaction research, everyday computing, by focusing on scaling ubiquitous computing with respect to time. Our motivations for everyday computing stem from wanting to support the informal and unstructured activities typical of much of our everyday lives. Our goal is understanding the transformation of everyday life as computing is ubiquitously integrated into informal, daily activities and routines.