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PracticePoint: Advancing Healthcare through Cyber-physical Systems

PracticePoint is WPI’s membership-based development and testing facility. The goal of this alliance space is to advance healthcare technologies and launch better medical cyber-physical systems, through collaboration across the spectrum of product development and implementation. PracticePoint is a resource for designing, prototyping, and evaluating various medical devices by an associated consortium of academics, industry, healthcare professionals and users/patients. This includes a wide spectrum of systems, from rehabilitative devices to surgical robotics.

The facility comprises point-of-practice clinical care scenarios including: a fully instrumented living space, a state of the art motion capture lab, a 2-bed modular patient care suite, MRI imaging, and a fully functional operating room co-located with advanced manufacturing capabilities.  Our advanced manufacturing rooms include a wide array of 3D printing, CNC manufacturing, and electronics assembly and test capabilities.

Other ways to engage:

  • Join our mailing list to find out what's new
  • Pitch us a research project or collaboration idea
  • Get access to our faculty experts and our newest facilities
  • Contact us to learn about membership and sponsorship opportunities
  • Request PracticePoint to attend or speak at your next meeting 

Open for Innovation and Collaboration

Practice Point at WPI

Motion Capture Research & Testing Suites

MRI & OR Testing Suites

Featuring technology such as:

  • GE Signa Premier MRI - 70CM wide bore vs. the standard 60CM.
  • Ability to perform mock surgical processes in a fully-functioning hospital setting.
  • C-Arm fluoroscope available to members.

Motion Capture Room / Capabilities

Device/Tracking capabilities available through all suites

  • 10-Viacom camera’s with .2MM accuracy to track body movement
  • Ability to measure metabolic activity – including CO2 Output
  • Force Plates = detecting footsteps/pressure
  • Delsys EMG Sensors = wireless sensors that track muscle activity
  • Ability to adapt to external ultrasounds and accelerometers

Simulated Suite Environments

  • ICU/NICU​​ and OR
  • Residential: Living room, Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom (all with Gantry capabilities)
  • All Suites are equipped with motion capture capabilities

Neurotech Suite

  • Task-based functional MRI on the GE SIGNA Premier 3T scanner
  • NIRX Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Imaging System (MRI Compatible)
  • Eye-tracking System
  • VivePro Virtual and Augmented Reality Systems
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Radio Frequency Shielded Acoustic Chamber

Contact us for more information on our testing suites, Rapid Prototyping Lab Machine Shop, or Micro-Electronics Room.

PracticePoint is supported by these founding partners:

  • Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
  • GE Healthcare
  • The MITRE Corporation
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
GE Healthcare is most enthusiastic to partner in this effort to promote healthcare and health innovation, advance economic development, and accelerate job training and growth in the Commonwealth.
Lorraine Bolsinger
VP, Leadership Accelerator Program, GE
A proactive effort to pioneer medical device applications of cyber-physical systems in Massachusetts will result in economic benefits and potential healthcare outcome improvements.
Peter Sherlock
Senior VP, Programs & Technology, MITRE
WPI's goals of investing in impactful research, accelerating translation of concepts from lab to market, and workforce development align closely with our own goals and mission.
Katherine Luzuriaga, MD
Director and PI, UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science

For more information on how to get involved with PracticePoint

Catherine Bouthillier
(M) 860.428.6840
(O) 508.831.4653