Stream Health Care in Place
Thursday, October 14, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
About the Event
with Bijan Najafi, Ph.D., Co-Director of Center to Stream Health Care in Place (C2SHIP), Baylor College of Medicine
The increase in chronic conditions is financially and emotionally costly to patients, families and society. Daily, more than 10,000 Americans reach Medicare age, some of whom will develop multiple chronic conditions and account for a large share of Medicare spending. All of these factors continue to overwhelm our unchanging health care delivery systems.
The most common conditions, such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, and mental illness demand immediate and creative action to provide solutions for managing physical, social and psychological needs, with the goal of maintaining autonomy and quality of life. Najafi will overview the mission and early developments at the Baylor College of Medicine, Center to Stream Health Care in Place (C2SHIP) to develop practical approaches toward the integration of technologies that support care in place in a way that empowers patients with chronic conditions in self-care and effectively improves their health and wellbeing, while keeping them out of hospitals. These efforts build upon a recent National of Science Foundation (NSF), Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers award, which is a collaborative center between four academic institutes including Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), University of Arizona, Caltech, and University of Southern California as well as 15+ industries.
About the Speaker
Professor Najafi is currently serving with the Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas), Department of Surgery as a tenured Professor, Director of NSF Center to Stream HealthCare in Place (C2SHIP), Director of Clinical Research in the Division of Vascular Surgery, and Director of Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP).
He completed his Ph.D. in Bioengineering followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biomechanics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Tech and in Neuroscience at Harvard University.
He has over two decades of experience in designing bio-inspired sensors for objective evaluation of healthy state of patients with locomotor dysfunctions, over 200 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals or conference proceeding.
He worked with a wide network of clinical and bioengineering collaborators across the globe primarily in the clinical areas of falls, frailty, gait, cognitive impairment, diabetes, remote patient monitoring, and digital health. He received multiple prestigious awards including the most Influential Health and Medical Leaders award in the category of achievement in designing medical devices.