The Scalable Health Initiative Overview

Today, healthcare resembles the computing systems of 1960s. Even for the smallest problems, our current healthcare model harks back to the mainframe years: make an appointment, (physically) visit a professional and rely on expensive, immobile and monolithic test equipment for detailed readings of our health. Tremendous strides in technology have occurred in communications, digital signal processing, sensor and sensor nets, data analytics, and visualization, to name but a few. Yet healthcare lags far behind other industries in the adoption and integration of their use.

Unmet Need For Chronic Diseases

Unfortunately chronic diseases constitute the preponderance of healthcare expenses and thus their management has an enormous impact on the healthcare system, national and global economies. Yet, our tools to address the challenges remain antiquated, resulting in either unsustainably expensive or ineffective care.

Preventive Medicine and Personalized Medicine

Preventive Medicine and Personalized Medicine hold great promise in our future and both can be empowered and accelerated by the use and adoption of technology. Our vision is to develop novel building blocks, which empowers users and medical professionals to predict health problems, proactively employ preventive measures and in the process avoid the bulk of episodes from becoming serious and costly.

Our Projects


A Contextual Coaching Spirometer for the Masses


A Platform for Measurement of Inhaler-use Behavior


Harnessing Digital Interactions to Understand mental State

About Us? Here's How We Work


All our projects grow organically by meeting and discussing with healthcare experts in the Texas Medical Center. The discussions aim to get to the core of problem, and if and how an engineering solution could address the problem.


Coffee and engineering were meant to go together. This is our favorite part. We're engineers - we like to build stuff. It's not just any kind of stuff though. We love elegant, tasteful solutions.


Most often, all our projects undergo multiple iterations of development, with each development involving feedback from colleagues at TMC. Once happy, then next stage is to move project to clinical trials. If the trials hit a snag, we continue to iterate.


We believe that for our work to make real impact, it has to make it to the market and be a self-sustaining solution. We are always looking for ways to spin-off projects as startups and encourage novel solutions to take ideas to market.

Contact Us

Prof. Ashutosh Sabharwal

Duncan Hall 2018
Rice University
Houston, Texas 77005

Phone : (713) 348-5057
Email :

Scalable Health Initiative