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WPI gets $3M grant to test robotic brain tumor treatment

September 2013

WORCESTER — A team of researchers led by a Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor has received a five-year, $3 million award from the National Institutes of Health to test a minimally invasive way of treating brain tumors. Gregory Fischer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and robotics engineering and director of WPI's Automation and InterventionalMedicine Laboratory, will lead the team. Read more...

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Machines Made to Know You, by Touch, Voice, Even by Heart

September 2013

How does a machine verify the identity of a human being? Irises, heartbeats, fingertips and voices, for starters. Authentication has been a tough nut to crack since the early days of the Web. Now comes a batch of high-tech alternatives, some straight from science fiction, as worries grow about the security risks associated with traditional user name and password systems. Read more..

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WPI gets $125K award to make robots to help the elderly

September 2013

WORCESTER — A team of researchers led by a Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor has received a five-year, $3 million award from the National Institutes of Health to test a minimally invasive way of treating brain tumors. Gregory Fischer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and robotics engineering and director of WPI's Automation and InterventionalMedicine Laboratory, will lead the team. Read more...

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WPI professor developing health care apps

June 2013

If you thought that Worcester lacks creative collaborations, think again. A WPI professor has been working with researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to develop a smartphone application that could save diabetes patients some trips to the hospital. Learn more...

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2013 Annual Convention of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine

April 2013

At the 2013 Annual Convention of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, held in New York City April 6 -10, Peder Pedersen gave an invited talk entitled, “Quantitative properties of the Lung: An open Question.”

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2013 HDI Aspinwall Symposium

March 2013

At the 2013 HDI Aspinwall Symposium, held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on March 20, two equipment demonstrations from the Ultrasound Lab were presented. Learn more...

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Fitness apps get users moving, improving

Emmanuel O. Agu

April 15, 2013

Emmanuel O. Agu, associate professor of computer science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, said posting workout information from apps to social network sites is a rapidly emerging trend. Read More

 

 

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A Caribbean remedy for financially sick N.Y. hospitals & the primary care shortage

Oleg V. Pavlov

March 6, 2013

Graduates of offshore medical schools fill some of the most needed physician slots in New York State, and the monetary contributions of offshore schools are helping financially strapped teaching hospitals here. Read More

 

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GAANN Grant for Healthcare Innovation

The Department of Education has awarded a $400K grant to Dr. Isa Bar-On (PI, Mechanical Eng), along with her co-PIs, Drs. Christopher Brown, Jianyu Liang, (both of Mechanical Eng.), and Sharon Johnson, (School of Business) in Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program for their project entitled GAANN: Leaders in Advanced Manufacturing and Healthcare Systems Innovation (LAMHSI). Through the GAANN Leaders in Advanced Manufacturing and Healthcare Innovation (LAMHSI) program 3 doctoral students in Manufacturing Engineering (MFE) will be educated.  The motivation for this project is to train GAANN fellows in MFE in order to increase the supply of highly trained innovators who can ensure the competitiveness of the US economy. The GAANN fellows will be mentored to take on leadership roles in academia, industry and government.  Students will be engaged in cutting edge research in nano-manufacturing, design and evaluation of healthcare delivery processes, and design of healthcare systems. 
http://www.systemdynamics.org/

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June 10, 2012

The Lupina Young Researchers Award was given this year to three outstanding papers dealing with health-related topics authored by students. All three papers were presented in plenary sessions at this year’s conference: Societal Aging in the Netherlands: Exploratory System Dynamics Modeling and Analysis, by Thomas Logtens, Re-designing policy and process in health care service delivery: a system dynamics case study, by Tom Rust, and Revisiting the Roberts-Levin Patient Dropout Model, by Vincent de Gooyert.Pictured left to right: Thomas Logtens, Vincent de Gooyert, Tom Rust, and Erik Pruyt (Award Presenter)

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June 10, 2012 

Q&A With Vera Tice, Managing Director, Healthcare Delivery Institute at WPI
MBJournal.com

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JUNE 3, 2012

New phone app tracks heart rate. Prototype targeted at detecting atrial fibrillation
Telegram.com

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MAY 20, 2012

Doctor-patient communication gets technical.
Worcester Telegram

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MARCH 14, 2012

National Institutes of Health to Address WPI Forum on Healthcare InnovationWith the nation's healthcare system under pressure to lower costs and become more efficient, healthcare technology companies, clinical providers, insurers and others in the industry have an opportunity to hear about the latest innovative research, and learn how to apply systems approaches to improving healthcare delivery. 

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MARCH 22, 2012

How WPI is Reinventing Healthcare in Mass.
GoLocalWorcester

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MARCH 30, 2012

HDI starts with diabetes to build 'healthcare system of the future
MedCity News

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FEBRUARY 29, 2012

WPI has established the Healthcare Delivery Institute (HDI), bringing together top faculty and students in engineering, science, and business to help solve one of the nation's toughest problems–delivering high-quality healthcare for a growing, aging population.
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FEBRUARY 2012

Engineering collaborations between UMMS and WPI
UMass Medical School

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DECEMBER 12, 2011

WPI Team Awarded $1.2 Million to Develop Smart Phone Application for Advanced Diabetes and Wound Care. Project will link a smart phone, glucose meter, and scale to help people manage their diabetes.
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NOVEMBER 22, 2010

The Quick, Nimble Find Opportunities
Worcester Business Journal

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MARCH 05, 2009

Measuring the Impact of Electronic Medical RecordsWPI Team Launches International Study to Glean Insights and Best Practices for Realizing the Benefits of Electronic Medical Records and Health Care IT Systems.
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