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The changing face of health care requires new, transdisciplinary models of delivery of care. Facing challenges such as skyrocketing health care costs, more people entering the system, a rise in chronic diseases, and a rapidly aging population, ASU is dedicated to changing the paradigm and directing the focus toward promoting healthy behaviors, as well as delivering health care in novel ways.
Health care is changing in many positive ways and ASU strives to be at the forefront. By embedding health promotion and disease prevention into health care, the university directly benefits the health and wellbeing of the community. Ongoing research is in areas such as lifestyle and behavior change, diabetes prevention, cardiovascular disease, adult and childhood obesity, healthy workplace environments, and nutrition and exercise science.
ASU's world-class research faculty, centers and institutes bring together thought-leaders in science, humanities, social sciences, health and engineering to spearhead new approaches to target and treat cancers, understand the spread, evolution and emergence of infectious disease, personalize medicine, and devise strategic interventions for obesity, Alzheimers and mental health challenges.
Health research in the areas of informatics and technology at ASU ranges from investigating ways to harness Big Data, to understanding the causes of Alzheimer’s disease and improving methods for predicting epileptic seizures.
The brain – and how it is used it to live life to the fullest– is at the center of ASU’s knowledge enterprise. ASU spearheads interdisciplinary work in neuroscience, psychology and the behavioral sciences.
Arizona State University is committed to finding new solutions by recognizing that major health challenges stem from many factors beyond disease itself – factors that are ecological, cultural, institutional, historical, evolutionary, social and technological. Effective, sustainable solutions to our most pressing global health challenges will need to take all of these factors into account, as well as the complex ways in which they interrelate.
Laws and related policies play a pivotal role in public health prevention efforts. Well-known examples — like vaccinations, tobacco control and food safety — reflect how laws can be used to mitigate disease and injury.
Training the health care leaders and practitioners of tomorrow, as well as fostering an environment in which new research thrives, is one of the most impactful ways ASU is shaping the future.
Transdisciplinary and life-changing work is taking place across ASU's many health related programs, departments, centers and institutes.
Project HoneyBee is built on the foundation of the Center for Sustainable Health's proven model for biomarker validation and international exchange, as well as ASU's cross-disciplinary capacity and experience and early edge in biosensor research.
The project is designed to improve health care outcomes and reduce costs of care by validating wearable biosensors for clinical use before expensive and invasive procedures become necessary. The underlying belief is that health systems must shift their current focus from expensive and ineffective late-stage disease response toward more cost-and outcome-effective prevention and early intervention strategies.
One key pillar of this project is the data generated through non-invasive means by continuous recording and outpatient monitoring technology, which will be far more predictive of patient outcomes or disease progression than sporadic measurements.
To support this approach, Project HoneyBee runs a series of observational clinical trials with health care systems in Maricopa County to test the utility of commercial wearable devices for monitoring ambulatory patients. A second pillar is the unique opportunity for patient and clinician engagement enabled by the feedback loop between continuous physiological data and behavior change.