CS96SI is a student-initiated course run by the SHIFT Student-Initated Course Initiative that allows students the opportunity to learn and strengthen iOS development skills while tackling pressing issues in healthcare. We work closely with the Apple Health team to teach best practices for the Apple HealthKit/ResearchKit/CareKit frameworks among other tools for iOS application development. Students in this course embark on a projet-based approach to learning and experiencing the mobile health space.

Below are our class projects.

Solving Palmar Hyperhydrosismore_vert

TA Francesca Vera

Students Santiago Gutierrez + Jackie Lin

Solving Palmar Hyperhydrosisclose

Excessively sweaty hands can largely affect people’s lifestyles - from feeling self-conscious in social situations to creating difficulty when using everyday objects.

Develop an app that facilitates treatment for this affliction so that those with palmar hyperhydrosis aren’t constantly limited by their sweaty palms.

Researching Peripheral Artery Diseasemore_vert

TA Ahmed Attia

Students Joy Hsu + Rohun Saxena + Nimit Desai

Researching Peripheral Artery Diseaseclose

Studies have shown that exercise supervised by a healthcare professional is the most effective treatment for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) - even more so than surgery.

Despite this, insurers won't pay for supervised exercise. Can a mobile application achieve the same positive impact at no cost?

Optimizing Athlete Healthmore_vert

TA Effie Nehoran

Students Charis Charitsis + Dunchadhn Lyons

Optimizing Athlete Healthclose

Sports coaches need a comprehensive view of their athletes’ health and well-being to properly assign workouts and assess athlete performance.

What if there were an intuitive mobile app to facilitate such coach-athlete interaction, and maximize performance while reducing injury?

Improving Medication Adherancemore_vert

TA Jonathan Mak

Students Irene Onyeneho, Dr. Geoffrey Tso

Improving Medication Adheranceclose

Every year, billions of dollars are wasted spent on re-hospitalizing patients who have not properly followed their medication adherence rules. By developing software to promote this idea that taking medication is an “easy and fun” thing to do through gamification, I hope to tackle this problem of medication non-adherence.

Managing Alzheimer's Caregivers Lifestylesmore_vert

TA Alex Wang

Students Jacqueline Ennis

Managing Alzheimer's Caregivers Lifestylesclose

Caregivers of Alzheimer's patients have to constantly perform a balancing act between managing their own lives and carefully keeping track of another.

Use mobile technology to keep track of the progression of symptoms to allow caregivers to make more well-informed decisions!

Monitoring Stroke Survivors' Recoverymore_vert

TA Meera Srinivasan

Students Michael Hittle + Tyler Courville

Monitoring Stroke Survivors' Recoveryclose

It can often be difficult for stroke survivors and their care providers to monitor recovery effectively.

Researchers at Stanford’s Medical School are working on tackling this problem through developing software that aggregates data on different aspects of the recovery process that can then be analyzed to infer predictors of successful recovery. An iOS app can enable patients to self-report such data and pave the way for future research in this area!


TA Sherman Leung + Glenn Yu

Students Kenneth Xu + Michael Doshi

Finding Providers with ConnectHealthclose

Mobile-based payments (M-PESA) are transforming the way patients find and secure physician consultations in Kenya where 40% of providers use iPads to run their businesses.

Work with ConnectHealth to develop ways of improving how patients find providers through mobile devices.

Future Classesmore_vert

Design for Health

Debating Tough Issues in Healthcare

The future of the student-initiated course initiative will continue to engage students in project-based learning outside of those in engineering/computer science. Our team is currently building up courses that work at the intersection of design-thinking and healthcare and also tackling broader healthcare issues from a debate/case-oriented standpoint.