SBHSE faculty member and Nobel laureate, Dr. Lee Hartwell, has helped launched Project HoneyBee, whose goal is testing the utility of commercial wearable devices in clinical assessment of ambulatory patients. Project HoneyBee focuses on validating consumer wearable devices in a clinical setting while enlisting the vast multidisciplinary resources of Arizona State University, including engineering, business and nursing. In his primary role as Chief Scientist at the Center for Sustainable Health, he is actively engaged administering the resources to support eight (8) Observational Clinical Trials with various health systems, including Mayo Clinic, Banner Health, Scottsdale Healthcare, Dignity Health and Barrow Neurological Institute, in a variety of disease areas, including heart disease, COPD, atrial fibrillation, patient mobility, gait and feasibility in diabetes patients. Each trial is specifically focused on validating wearable biosensors in a clinical population.
HoneyBee Course: Engineering faculty members including Lee Hartwell, Jeff La Belle, and Narayanan Krishnamurthi are developing a course to provide Masters-level students with an understanding of the evidentiary foundations of healthcare together with Eugene Schneller from the School of Business. The course will provide students with an understanding of the processes and protocols for biomedical device verification and validation testing for safe and efficacious medical diagnostics and devices, to deliver the highest quality of care and improved health outcomes. Dr. Hartwell’s Project HoneyBee course entitled “Interdisciplinary Approaches for Innovating in Healthcare Technologies” will launch in January 2015.