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With the world’s population increasing and humans living longer, models of treatment delivery are changing rapidly and many of the decisions behind those changes are driven by data. ASU is looking at ways to manage and utilize Big Data, the large and rapidly growing volume of information that to date, remains untapped by existing data warehousing systems and analytical applications. Big Data is integral to health care and preventative health approaches, as it is used to predict epidemics, cure disease, improve quality of life and prevent death.
Other research in the areas of health informatics and technology at ASU range from understanding the causes behind Alzheimer’s disease, improving methods for predicting epileptic seizures, designing smart phone applications that track and reward heathy behaviors, to developing advanced biosensors, bioassays and lab-on-a-chip devices for clinical diagnostics. Recruited faculty bring a breadth of knowledge in the areas of novel biological materials, neural engineering, biomedical informatics, drug-delivery systems, health care systems analysis and modeling, health monitoring devices and human rehabilitation technologies.