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From 6-Ps Medicine to Cardiovascular Health Informatics
Yuan-Ting Zhang, Ph.D., IAMBE Fellow, IEEE Fellow, AIMBE Fellow
Director of Joint Research Center for BME at EE-CUHK, Hong Kong, China; and Director of the Key Lab for Health Informatics of Chinese Academy of Sciences (HICAS) at SIAT, Shenzhen, China


Cardiovascular diseases continue to be the leading cause of death worldwide. A cost-effective solution to control cardiovascular diseases is to commence monitoring and modifying risk factors and other possible causes leading to the development of the diseases before noticeable symptoms of illnesses have developed. In essence, future healthcare systems should encourage the Participation of all nations for the Prevention of illnesses and the early Prediction of diseases such that Preemptive treatment is delivered to realize Pervasive and Personalized healthcare, i.e., the paradigm of the 6-Ps medicine [1]. Health informatics plays an important role in implementing the 6-Ps medicine and improving the human health. Advancing health informatics has been identified as one of 14 grand challenges in engineering in the 21st century [2]. This talk will present the concept and challenges of cardiovascular health informatics together with the progress of our project on "Myocardial Infraction and Stroke Screening and Intervention among Nations (MISSIoN 2020)". The enabling technologies such as cardiovascular sensing, imaging, informatics, and intervention (CS3I) that are used in the MISSIoN 2020 project will be discussed in the presentation. Using the MISSIoN 2020 project as an example, we will illustrate that these approaches should allow the practice of 6-Ps medicine that is pervasive, predictive, preventive, personalized, participatory, and preemptive [3,4].

[1] Y.T. Zhang, C. Poon and E. MacPherson; "Editorial Note on Health Informatics" IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN BIOMEDICINE, VOL. 13, NO. 3, pp. 281, MAY 2009.
[2], National Academy of Engineering, USA
[3] Y.T. Zhang, "Perspectives of Health Informatics" in the Abstract Book of the 9th Annual Australia-China Symposium on Healthy Ageing organized by Australian Academy of Sciences (AAS), Australian Academy of Technical Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Canberra, Australia, 22-24 July, 2012.
[4] Y.T. Zhang, "Challenges in Cardiovascular Health Informatics", IEEE Life Sciences Grand Challenges at National Academy of Sciences, USA, (, Oct., 2012.


Dr. Yuan-Ting Zhang serves currently the Director of Joint Research Center for Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Department of Electronic Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Hong Kong, China; and the Director of the Key Lab for Health Informatics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (HICAS) at SIAT, Shenzhen, China. He became the founding Head of Biomedical Engineering Division at the CUHK in Hong Kong and the founding Director of the CAS-SIAT Institute of Biomedical and Health Engineering in Shenzhen in 2007.
His research spans several fields including wearable medical devices, body sensor networks, bio-THz technologies, bio-modeling, neural engineering, cardiovascular health informatics, and e-p-m-Heath and telemedicine technologies, and is closely tied up to his teaching and publishing activities. He has authored/co-authored over 400 scientific publications and 11 book chapters, and filed 31 patents. His research work has won him and his team a number of Awards including the outstanding conference paper awards, the best journal paper awards for their papers published on IEEE Transactions, the outstanding service award from IEEE-EMBS, and the Asia Pacific ICTA e-Health Grand Award.
Dr. Zhang provided extensively professional services of significant value to the local industries and global academic communities. He served as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, founding Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Guest Editor for IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine, and Guest Editor for IEEE Communication Magazine. He was previously AdCom member and the Vice-President of the IEEE-EMBS. He served as the Technical Program Chair and the General Conference Chair of the 20th and 27th IEEE-EMBS Annual International Conferences in 1998 and 2005, respectively. He was a member of IEEE Fellow Elevation Committee and the Award Committee for IEEE Medal on Innovations in Healthcare Technology.
Dr. Zhang serves currently on IAMBE Fellow Membership Committee, HK-ITC Projects Assessment Panel, Editorial Board Member for the Book Series of Biomedical Engineering published by IEEE Press and Willey, Chair of the working group for developing an IEEE standard, and Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine (which will be renamed as IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics (J-BHI) starting from Jan. 2013).
Dr. Zhang holds the fellowships from the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development of wearable medical devices and mHealth technologies.
Dr. Zhang completed his undergraduate and Master Degree studies in 1976 and 1981, respectively, in telecommunication from Department of Electronics of Shandong University and was conferred a Ph.D. in the area of Biomedical Engineering from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick in 1990.