Creating the Future of Health and Healthcare

The Healthcare Delivery Institute (HDI) at WPI is a university-wide multidisciplinary research and innovation institute founded in 2011 to have a national and global impact on the future of health and healthcare. The Institute’s affiliated faculty, along with their research teams and students, address strategic challenges of healthcare with leading industry, healthcare providers, government, and other organizations around the globe. The resulting solutions lead to new products, processes, and tools to advance healthcare and improve consumer health.

HDI engages and promotes WPI’s distinctive interdisciplinary research expertise across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines which are critical to addressing healthcare challenges, with a focus on applying digital technologies and IoT, data intelligence and machine learning, cybersecurity, and enhanced user experience design. Current research activities and interests include: mHealth, health information technologies, sensors and wearables, wireless technologies, internet of medical things, patient engagement and user experience, health systems modeling and design, health data mining and intelligence, sleep, cybersecurity in healthcare, behavioral health and wound image analysis.

With its partners, HDI develops, creates, and demonstrates many user-driven innovations in real-life test environments, such as the living lab of Worcester and surrounding communities, and in HDI’s Living Lab Launchpad that connects multidisciplinary teams of WPI researchers with other organizations and end users around the globe to facilitate collaborative development. With strategic relationships with the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), the Visiting Nurse Associations of New England (VNANE), and Reliant Medical Group, HDI is advancing WPI’s applied research, technology and process innovations, and commercialization with external organizations.

Six Core Areas of Research Expertise

  • Digital Health and IoT
  • Health and Medical Informatics
  • Data Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Cybersecurity in Healthcare
  • Health Systems Engineering, Modeling, and Design
  • User Experience and Decision Making

Six Key Strategic Challenge Areas

  • Healthcare beyond the hospital (community and residential, workplace, on the go)
  • Health systems design
  • Acute/post-acute care and other care transitions
  • Wellness and prevention
  • Healthy aging with technology
  • Disease management and therapy

Partner With Us

Our strength lies in our ability to partner with organizations around the globe that are working to solve strategic healthcare challenges.

Ways to Engage

  • Sponsor and collaborate with us on applied research projects
  • Donate funds, equipment, tools to help build out and maintain the HDI Living Lab Launchpad
  • Donate funds to our Spark Innovation Fund to provide seed grants to researchers on promising ideas
  • Fund faculty and student internships to collaborate with your organization in an area of healthcare improvement or innovation
  • Engage faculty with subject matter expertise as consultants or speakers
  • Co-develop, or enroll in, education programs
  • Contribute to or sponsor thought leadership activities, such as symposia and seminars
  • Sponsor graduate students and post-doctoral researchers

Contact us to learn more at 508-831-6199 or


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The unique aspect of this collaborative Institute is its holistic approach to innovation. The faculty and students always think about the marketability, implementation, profitability, and life cycle of any concept, product, or process.
Denise Fletcher
VP, Healthcare, Payer & Pharma & Life Sciences
Innovation Center of Excellence LEO-US, Xerox