PracticePoint: Advancing Healthcare through Cyber-physical Systems

PracticePoint at WPI is a membership-based research, development, and commercialization alliance built to advance healthcare technologies and launch new medical cyber-physical systems. Members will focus on smart and secure medical devices that interact with the physical world to improve the promise of patient-centric care. The talent and capacity to lead the growth of an advanced medical device/cyber-physical systems economy is already here in Massachusetts, particularly in Worcester. It makes WPI the perfect place for bringing together like-minded innovators.

Working together, members will spearhead advances in digital medical technologies, robotics, cloud computing, wireless technologies, and data science—for the benefit of patients, providers, and companies. Potential members should contact us at practicepoint@wpi.edu for information regarding membership levels and benefits. Clinicians, patients, researchers, suppliers, investors, and medical device manufacturers are all invited to join. 

Construction to begin Summer 2018

The ​forthcoming PracticePoint facility will replicate point-of-practice environments that are integrated with advanced manufacturing and testing equipment. The aim is to accelerate translation of new discoveries from prototype to product. The Worcester location will be in tandem with WPI's AIM Photonics Academy Lab for Education & Application Prototypes (LEAP) facility.  

Rehabilitative Care Suite

Improve patient outcomes in an interactive development space. Help patients avoid long recovery times and improve their experience as they rehabilitate. Assess device and patient performance; optimize devices and protocols. Innovate in wearable, assistive, and rehabilitative robotics and devices.

Surgical Imaging Suite

Accelerate innovation within an iterative development environment that simulates an operating room with medical imaging capabilities. Easily navigate from the clinical setting to R&D. Bring to life your ideas in robotic surgery, implantation, and other image-guided, cyber-physical-aided interventions.

Controlled Care Suite

Operate in a “high touch” environment; optimize workflow. Testing is critical to ensure medical device safety. Flexible floorplan gives options such as doctor’s office, ICU, ER, recovery room, and other care settings. Test your device for cyber-physical administration of “companion diagnostics” and therapies, and in automated systems such as robotic lifts and transfers.

Residential Suite

Prevent expensive interventions and optimize home health visits in a secure testing environment. Design inside a flexible platform; build a smart home from the ground up. Advance the field of medical and home health technology; telepresence, logistics robotics, personal healthcare monitoring, and assisted living technology.

Baker-Polito Administration Announce $5 Million Investment at WPI for New Center

PracticePoint at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is an integrated engineering/healthcare research & development center that will accelerate the creation of secure digital health technologies and support workforce development for the industry. Read the press release from the Office of the Governor.

Conversation with the President

WPI President Laurie Leshin recently sat down with two key members of the PracticePoint team--Gregory Fischer, associate professor of mechanical engineering and robotics engineering, and VP of Academic and Corporate Engagement Stephen Flavin--to talk more about this important initiative.

Founding Members

WPI has expertise in robotics, sensors, data science, cyber security, and systems engineering—all of which are essential for developing advanced and secure medical cyber-physical systems. Led by Greg Fischer, PracticePoint at WPI will foster a robust knowledge and innovation ecosystem.

Most important to PracticePoint's operation is member institutions which contribute to industry perspective and leadership, research facility and equipment needs, and direct support of innovative research projects. Our founding members include The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, through The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, GE Life Sciences, MITRE, and UMASS 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