Director, Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Program
The vision of MEDRC (Medical Electronic Device Realization Center) is to transform the medical electronic device industries: to revolutionize medical diagnostics and treatments, bringing health care directly to the individual; and to create enabling technology for the future information-driven healthcare system. Specific areas that show promise are wearable or minimally invasive monitoring devices, medical imaging, laboratory instrumentation, and the data communication from these devices and instruments to healthcare providers and caregivers. MEDRC establishes partnerships among the microelectronics industry, the medical devices industry, medical professionals, and MIT to collaboratively achieve improvements in the cost and performance of medical electronic devices similar to those that have occurred in personal computers, communication devices and consumer electronics. The successful realization of such a vision also demands innovations in the usability and productivity of medical devices, and new technologies and approaches to manufacture devices. We will explore examples in ultrasound imaging and ambulatory physiological monitoring.