EECS500 Spring 2012 Seminar

Steven L. Garverick
A Year at WWHI -- My California Adventure
Case Western Reserve University
White Bldg., Room 411
11:30am - 12:30pm
January 24, 2012

Pervasive technologies, specifically ubiquitous sensing, wireless connectivity, cloud computing, and social networks, can change the way that healthcare is provided enabling a new paradigm of preventive care.  Such a transformation is, in fact, necessary to stem the exponentially rising cost of healthcare, while improving access and providing the quality to which we are accustomed.  The required infrastructure technologies largely exist, but must be augmented with disease-specific sensing, analytic, and delivery technologies.  Developers must navigate murky waters, however, that are defined by government regulatory agencies, insurance companies, and healthcare providers.

This presentation begins with a brief view of the landscape in wireless health, and an introduction to the West Wireless Health Institute, an independent nonprofit medical research organization launched in March 2009 with $45 million in seed funding from the Gary and Mary West Foundation. The presentation continues with a review of the personal experience of the author as director of the postdoctoral research program, and as  lead developer of a low-cost medical device that is intended to take fetal monitoring in high-risk pregnancies to the patients' beds, avoiding the need for costly and troublesome travel to/from hospitals, clinics, and doctors' offices.  The new device provides functionality similar to the conventional cardiotocographysystem found in medical facilities, but at a small fraction of the cost -- a BOM under $100, as compared to upwards of $10,000 for the conventional systems.  In addition, wireless connectivity to analytics performed on cloud computers enables the new paradigm of preventive healthcare.


Steven L. Garverick(S'84-M'85-SM'94) received the B.S., M.S., E.E., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, in 1979, 1980, 1984, and 1987, respectively.  He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu, the SAE, ASEE, and a senior member of IEEE.  He has published over 75 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings, has supervised more than 50 graduate theses, authored 20 U.S. patents, and has received his university's most prestigious award for graduate teaching.

Dr. Garverick’scareer has included 3 years at M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory (1980-1983), 6 years at General Electric Corporate Research and Development (1986-1992) and has been a member of the CWRU faculty in EECS since 1992, having been promoted to the rank of full professor in 2009.  During his time as faculty member, he has had leaves of 1.5 years at each of two start-up organizations, MovazNetworks, Inc. (2000-2002) and the West Wireless Health Institute (2010-2011).  In 2004, he co-founded HaricLLC/Inc.