Penn Engineering and Nursing partner with Hillrom on Internet-of-Things Technology

A collaboration with nursing, engineering, and the medical device provider will develop new technologies to assist clinicians via ‘safe AI.’

The School of Engineering and Applied Science’s PRECISE Center and the School of Nursing have formed a partnership with medical device leader Hillrom to develop technical solutions for health care challenges in multiple domains, including critical care, diabetes, mental health, and cardiology.

Robotic hand holding a stethoscope.

This collaboration will accelerate the adoption of new technologies by clinicians via unobtrusive, frictionless sensors that respect the natural workflow of caregivers.

PRECISE’s research on the internet-of-things and medical cyber-physical systems aims to provide verifiably safe healthcare solutions that leverage data, machine learning, and formal analysis. These solutions will establish the foundations for safe, autonomous medical systems that integrate medical devices, patients, clinicians, and personalized automation to improve health outcomes.

“By closely collaborating with industry partners, such as Hillrom, we hope to transition our technologies and solutions into mainstream clinical care to revolutionize health care in the future,” says PRECISE Center Director Insup Lee, Cecilia Fitler Moore Professor in Penn Engineering’s departments of Computer and Information Science and Electrical and Systems Engineering.

PRECISE, or Penn Research In Embedded Computing and Integrated Systems Engineering, is focused on the idea of “Safe AI.” Electronic systems are increasingly networked and tasked with making autonomous decisions based on the information gleaned from those networks. Those decisions can have life-or-death consequences, especially in medical settings; Safe AI is about ensuring that those systems are fundamentally reliable.

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