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Developing Low-cost Tele-ICUs for Addressing Medical Needs of COVID-19 patients




CSAIL: Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab

Faculty Supervisor:

Amar Gupta

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Preferably by May 5, 2020



Project Description

In order to address several of the diagnostic, treatment, quarantine, and post-treatment medical needs of the COVID-19 patients without infecting medical personnel and other persons, we propose to design, develop, test, and validate an inexpensive, rapidly field- deployable version of the TeleICU that uses mobile phones and portable, simple Bluetooth monitors. this can reduce the cost of a teleICU bed from over $ 30,000 today to under $ 1000 per bed and drastically upscale the operations quickly. This could be combined with novel, low cost ventilator designs created at MIT. The goal is to provide Virtual "Doctors without Borders" capability across organizational and political boundaries. http://news.mit.edu/2018/removing-health-care-barriers-and-boundaries-amar-gupta-telemedicine-0522 https://thetech.com/2018/06/07/mit-telemedicine-telehealth-class


Experience with design, development, testing, and validation of products/services that use mobile phones and/or portable, simple Bluetooth monitors. http://news.mit.edu/2018/removing-health-care-barriers-and-boundaries-amar-gupta-telemedicine-0522 https://thetech.com/2018/06/07/mit-telemedicine-telehealth-class