The incidence of chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease is escalating, as is the cost to treat them. However, these diseases can be managed and even prevented when individuals make positive lifestyle changes such as eating right, exercising, managing stress, and not smoking.
Dr. Frank Treiber is testing innovative uses of technology for individuals, families, systems, and communities, with the goal of translating successful components into cost-effective programs and new products for improving chronic disease prevention and management. The goal is to help people make positive lifestyle changes and reduce health disparities, particularly among rural and medically underserved populations.
Potential products that could emerge from Dr. Treiber's work include software and information systems for mobile phones and other personal digital devices like i-Pads as well as web-based programs. These products could be personalized to patients and designed to help them make positive lifestyle changes such as increasing physical activity, altering their diets, reducing stress, not smoking, and taking medications on schedule.
Prior to accepting his SmartState Endowed Chair, Dr. Treiber was at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) where he began his academic career in 1984. At MCG, he served as Vice President for Research and Development and was involved in developing and directing MCG’s Georgia Prevention Institute (GPI) that was created to conduct high-quality research addressing health disparities in chronic diseases impacting Georgians.