Anticipatory Mobile Digital Health: Towards Personalized Proactive Therapies and Prevention Strategies

  • Veljko PejovicEmail author
  • Abhinav Mehrotra
  • Mirco Musolesi


Recent advances in healthcare illuminated the role that individual traits and behaviors play in a person’s health. Consequently, a need has arisen for, currently expensive and non-scalable, continuous long-term patient monitoring and individually tailored therapies. Equipped with an array of sensors, high-performance computing power, and carried by their owners at all times, mobile computing devices promise to enable continuous patient monitoring, and, with the help of machine learning, build predictive models of patient’s health and behavior. Moreover, through their close integration with a user’s lifestyle, mobiles can be used to deliver personalized proactive therapies. In our work we develop the concept of anticipatory mobile-based healthcare (anticipatory mobile digital health) and examine the opportunities and challenges associated with its practical realization.


Mobile sensing Anticipatory mobile digital health Anticipatory mobile computing Ubiquitous computing Machine learning 



This work was supported by the EPSRC grants: “UBhave: ubiquitous and social computing for positive behaviour change” (EP/I032673/1) and “Trajectories of Depression: Investigating the Correlation between Human Mobility Patterns and Mental Health Problems by means of Smartphones” (EP/L006340/1). The authors would like to thank the participants of the Anticipation and Medicine Workshop (Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Delmenhorst, Germany, September 2015) for a fruitful discussion that has shaped our views of the topic, and to Professor Mihai Nadin for his suggestions regarding the final manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Veljko Pejovic
    • 1
    Email author
  • Abhinav Mehrotra
    • 2
    • 3
  • Mirco Musolesi
    • 3
  1. 1.University of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia
  2. 2.University of BirminghamBirminghamUK
  3. 3.University College LondonLondonUK

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