droidcon Preview No. 1: E-health, Body Functions, Privacy and the Ecosystem

droidcon Berlin No. 6 is no more than three and a half weeks ahead. To give you an idea of the conference’s highlights and to make you even more curious we are featuring a particular talk respectively a topic once or twice a week from now on.
Let’s start with the healthcare field, where Android is gaining serious momentum, leading to new applications and creating a whole new market. droidcon has three talks in this field, all on Thursday afternoon.
Andreas Schreiber (below) from DLR (German Space Center) and Doreen Seider (Medando) will speak about „Quantified Self“. What does that mean? An increasing number of wearable devices like smart watches and wrist bands can collect health relevant data, from actual vital signs over food consumption to environmental information. Using this data to monitor one’s one well-being creates what the guys at DLR call “Quantified Self”. On the one hand, the talk will be about benefit and motivation: Why could you want to track your body functions so painstakingly?
On the product side of his talk the two will explain how to connect existing wearable devices and sensors to Android apps; he’ll also demonstrate important apps in this field, some of them developed at DLR. And the really technical part of the talk will be about how sensor data can be accessed through a push protocol called Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT). Developers who attend this session will be able to take away a lot of the professional experience at DLR for their own work around collecting, transmitting and analyzing sensor data. By the way: German TV just featured DLR’s concept in a (German-language) report.
Less doctors and other medical professionals in relation to the number of people: That’s the reason why Linden Darling (left, with Einstein-lookalike) believes electronic devices, together with apps and a proper infrastructure, will become ever more important in healthcare. And, given the big and growing market share of Android worldwide, he also believes that a good part of e-health devices will be Android-based. Linden Darling has been developing a number of Android healthcare apps, for the Australian – that’s where he comes from – government as well as for the private sector and is going to share his vast experience in the field – in technical, political and security terms.
E-Health can not be thought about without touching security and privacy issues. This will of course be an aspect of all talks in this field at droidcon. But in the talk of Holger Oestreich, Roberto Flores and Jens Dommel, a particular focus is on controlling how one’s personal data are being used in medical applications. In other words: Which doctor, which organization can see which part of my data and which data shall be blinded to whom? The three are working for Compugroup, a company specializing in medical software. And they will introduce CGM Life, an account to store medical data which at the same time claims to be a consumer healthcare ecosystem to bring all participants together. Through an SDK for CGM Life which is currently being made ready to launch, developers shall in the near future have the opportunity to actively participate in the healthcare ecosystem with their own apps.
The next post will be about design topics in the droidcon program. Stay tuned!