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. This new innovation center 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 this kind of creative disruption in the healthcare industry to take place.

Located at WPI’s Gateway Park, the 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. PracticePoint will also undertake pre-competitive research to address fundamental challenges and establish standards for the industry. 

WPI invites similarly-minded industry partners in manufacturing, medical devices, and healthcare to join the initiative. Potential members should contact us at

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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. Learn more.

We will take the technology and innovation we develop here and scale it across the world to solve some of the toughest challenges we face.
Laurie Leshin, President of WPI

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.

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, Director and David Cyganski, Co-Director, 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

An Economic Engine

PracticePoint will promote industry/university collaboration to advance cyber-physical systems technology that lies at the intersection of healthcare, robotics, data science, and cyber-security. It will connect these areas into one facility and promote growth of what will become an economic super-cluster in Central Massachusetts. WPI's aim it that this new endeavor will lead to growth for existing businesses, support for new ventures, jobs creation, and an improved talent pool in rising STEM fields. 

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