President Kim First “Patient” for Students’ Telemedical Invention
March 20, 2011
On March 7, engineering sciences students Alex Knapp ’10, Jeff Spielberg ’10, and Adam Strom ’10 tested their culminating project, a full-featured blood pressure and atrial fibrillation detection system that is compatible with a telemedical health care setting. The team’s first “patient”? President Jim Yong Kim.
The system could provide a way to remotely monitor atrial fibrillation—the most common heart arrhythmia—on a daily basis. It would enable more timely and effective treatment for the often asymptomatic condition. “A device like this could provide great benefits to underserved communities, in which a large proportion of health care costs are due to a few very ill or poorly managed patients,” says Spielberg.
The concept for the detection system originated with Dan Carlin, MD, founder of WorldClinic, who submitted a proposal to Thayer School of Engineering’s Cook Engineering Design Center (CEDC). For Thayer’s Bachelor of Engineering (BE) program’s two-term capstone project, the CEDC matches students with industry-proposed projects. The final product of the students’ work is delivered to the industry partner at the end of the second term.