Research Projects

An interdisciplinary approach and practical research projects are hallmarks of WPI.  We engage partners from industry, healthcare providers, other academic institutions, and government agencies with end-users in the research process to help ensure that the problems explored are real-world and the solutions proposed are practical and beneficial in the messy, noisy environment of real life.

Our researchers are finding new ways to empower patients and increase efficiencies in the healthcare system on a daily basis.

Project highlights include:


Systems Engineering & Modeling

Systems engineering and modeling used to analyze and improve care delivery for individuals though technology and process innovation.

Read more about WPI researchers who are modeling and re-engineering a number of processes including clinical workflows, among others.


Data Analytics & Mining

Data analytics and mining used to extract actionable insights in real time from the streaming data from sensors, smartphones, and social media platforms to deliver immediate patient interventions.

Hear more from WPI researchers who are improving the quality of life for sleep disorder patients.


Mobile Health Applications

Mobile health applications used by clinicians and consumers to remotely monitor and manage conditions such as heart disease and diabetes by using  smartphones to capture and transmit vital physiological data and images for remote analysis and evaluation.

Read more about WPI researchers who are developing miniaturized wireless sensors that soldiers can wear into battle. The sensors will measure several physiological parameters, including a novel way to detect bleeding. These monitoring capabilities will be implemented on smartphones, which military medics can use as handheld diagnostic tools in the field.  


Robotic Devices Used in Surgery, Homecare, and Rehabilitation or Therapy

Robotic devices used in surgery, homecare, and rehabilitation or therapy, such as assistive devices  to interact with children who have developmental disorders, like autism, to improve behavioral and social outcomes.

Hear more from researchers who are creating robotic technology that fits inside MRI scanners. The robotics technology won’t interfere with current MRI scanners and will allow doctors to get real-time images and manipulate surgical tools simultaneously.


Disease Management

Disease Management technologies used to mitigate the spread of infectious diseases and increase patient health by promoting systemic changes within the healthcare environment.

Read more about researchers who are conducting a pilot project for preventing infections within hospitals by targeting healthcare providers and their hand-washing habits. The project leverages data to motivate behavioral change and promote increased patient safety.

 
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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. This approach is highly valuable to us at Xerox.

Denise Fletcher
Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer
Healthcare Payer & Pharma, Xerox