Empowering Cancer Research: Data Integration from Wearable Sensors for Cancer Patients



Since late 2020, DSFederal has been teaming with Intelligent Automation, Incorporated (IAI), a premier technology innovation company, to support a new cutting-edge health innovation project in developing a platform to collect and integrate data from a variety of wearable sensors to monitor cancer progression and its symptoms on cancer patients. This joint effort has been funded by a recent award from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Cancer Institute (NCI) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.


Dr. Kevin Zhang, DSFederal’s Vice President of Public Health & Data Analytics serves as a primary investigator to help guide the development. As a nationally known leading expert in cancer surveillance and health informatics, Dr. Zhang works alongside a world-class team of clinical scientists, user interface experts, and developers, including renowned faculty from the University of Pittsburgh and University of California, Los Angeles.


Termed as CHAMP-WARE (Continuous Health Monitoring and Predictive Analytics using a Wearables-Agnostics Platform for Cancer Patients), this NCI-funded project is one of the latest cancer research initiatives to advance clinical knowledge and help all people live longer, healthier lives. The key to its approach is wearable technology that can record patient data outside of doctors’ offices. Wearable, cyber-physical, and ambient sensing platforms have been rapidly adapted in recent years, making objective metrics attainable for out-of-clinic cancer research and patient assessment. The resulting data streams generated by Commercially Available Off-The-Shelf (COTS) sensors are accelerating progress in measuring progression and improving patient care in the battle against cancer. The CHAMP-WARE team is developing scalable informatic tools for broad adoption across the burgeoning clinical cancer research space, empowering continuous, passive monitoring of biological parameters in cancer patients. This crowdsourced data ultimately will result in better clinician care and greater public health surveillance.


DSFederal shares NCI’s vision of creating a better world by connecting the dots between data and public health. With Project CHAMP-WARE, we strive to obtain more objective metrics of response to cancer therapeutics, develop sophisticated auto-reporting of symptoms and their fluctuations, and improve ecologically valid clinical endpoints in cancer research.



About DSFederal

DSFederal is a woman-owned consulting firm that specializes in research support, enterprise IT solutions, business process improvement, and training for Federal government agencies. The company has received awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration (Top Woman-Owned Small Business), the Washington Business Journal (Top Small Technology Company), and SmartCEO (Cornerstone Award.) Clients include the Departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Transportation, Defense, and Agriculture, among others. Projects range from mobile app development to training solutions to customization of software and processes in support of multi-billion dollar efforts for HHS agencies.


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