RWJUH opens innovation center for medical research

What you should know:

– Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), an RWJBarnabas Healthcare Facility, and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) launched a new model of medical research and innovation today at the grand opening of its Innovation Center, located on the hospital’s main campus.

– The Innovation Center is a partnership between RWJUH and Rutgers RWJMS to bring together clinicians, researchers and private companies to invent and develop new technologies that address both complex and common health issues.

Develop innovative clinical trials

The ultimate goal is to develop innovative clinical trials that generate medical breakthroughs to improve preventive care and health outcomes for patients. The concept and design of the center was led by the Cardiovascular Services team under the leadership of Partho Sengupta, MD, FACC, but it is designed for use across clinical teams and disciplines. Dr. Sengupta is the Henry Rutgers Professor of Cardiology and Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and Hypertension at RWJMS, and Chief of Cardiology at RWJUH, and is a member of the Combined Medical Group of RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Health. The center was made possible by donor funding from the RWJ University Hospital Foundation.

The core team at the Center for Digital Transformation will be led by Naveena Yanamala, PhD, Director of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and Hypertension, RWJMS. Examples of the technology being developed at the Center include the use of headphones to provide real-time heart rate measurements such as heart rate and heart rate variability; a medical vest with sensors that can be placed on a patient to record – without blood sampling or testing – “markers” or vital information that may indicate a heart attack; and portable mobile EKG technology replacing the use of a stethoscope.

Ongoing clinical trials

The Cardiovascular Services team has two clinical trials underway, with more expected to be launched by the end of the year. A trial is evaluating an FDA-approved remote robotic ultrasound system to efficiently capture expert-quality cardiac ultrasound images remotely. The second is a mobile health artificial intelligence trial of a digital platform to study the use of wearable sensors that collect health data from patients diagnosed with high blood pressure and/or heart failure at an early stage. The information is then used to remotely initiate medical treatment in accordance with the guidelines.

“We are advancing the design of a technology and innovation center where diverse people, including RWJUH and Rutgers RWJMS professors, physicians and community staff, can come together to create new ideas and designs for clinical care. and identify technologies that help find solutions to health problems. says Dr. Sengupta. “It’s important to create a space and environment that is optimized for creativity, innovative thinking and collaboration.”

RWJUH President and CEO Bill Arnold said, “The collaboration and innovation that will take place within this center is what differentiates the mission of the academic medical center to not just treat disease, but to analyze it, create new ways to prevent it and then share the solutions across the global medical community. Bringing private industry into this mix adds the crucial ingredient of new technologies – whether already widely used or incubating in a startup. It’s exciting to imagine what we can create to improve the health of our communities and change the course of the health of our vulnerable populations.

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