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CAPS Methods Core Seminar: Mobile apps and sensors to improve health and manage disease for populations and individuals interventions for marginalized populations by Ida Sim, MD, PhD

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Ida Sim, MD, PhD

February 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PST

This talk will present an overview of current strategies and approaches in mobile health. We will focus mainly on using mHealth for research but will also review approaches and challenges for mHealth in clinical care. Topics to be covered include digital platforms for patient recruitment, data standards, electronic Patient Reported Outcomes, digital biomarkers, integration with electronic health records, and other topics.

Ida Sim, MD, PhD is a primary care physician, informatics researcher, and entrepreneur. She is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she co-directs Biomedical Informatics at UCSF’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Her research focuses on computational methods for data sharing  and decision making for clinical research and mobile health. She is a co-founder of Open mHealth, a non-profit organization that is building open standards and open source tools for integrating mobile health data. Her mobile health research projects include management of hypertension and depression in primary care, N-of-1 studies on wellbeing and on chronic pain management, and mobile sensor-driven just-in-time adaptive studies for behavior change. She is also a co-investigator with the Mobile Data to Knowledge NIH Center of Excellence that is building analytic platforms for real-time mobile data analysis. Dr. Sim is also co-founder of of Vivli, a non-profit organization building a global neutral clinical trials data sharing platform. She previously led the development of the World Health Organization’s International Clinical Trials Registry Platform and the first global trial registration policy.

Dr. Sim has served on multiple advisory committees on health information infrastructure for clinical care and research, including committees of the National Research Council and National Academy of Medicine. She is a recipient of the United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.


  • Following the seminar, Dr. Sim will be available for consultations with individual researchers.  If you are interested in a consultation, please contact Stuart Gaffney directly. Let Estie Hudes know if you will be attending the seminar. 
  • If you are coming from outside Mission Hall, please RSVP to Estie Hudes to be put on the building security list. (or to let us know that you are planning to attend.


February 6
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Estie Hudes, PhD, MPH


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