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WPI receives $1.2 million to develop smart phone app for advanced diabetes and wound care
Date:12/12/2011

s Association, some 70,000 people with diabetes have lower-limb amputations each year, accounting for more than 60 percent of all non-traumatic lower-limb amputations in the United States. Nearly 80 percent of foot and leg amputations in patients with diabetes are complications from foot ulcers.

"The application will provide relevant, personalized feedback for the patient that encourages them to make good decisions," said Bengisu Tulu, PhD, assistant professor at WPI's School of Business, a health information technology expert and one of the leaders of the project. "The reality is that nearly all the management of a person's diabetes is done by the patient, away from a doctor's office or clinic. So we envision this new application as a way to help these patients achieve better outcomes."

Strong and Tulu are founding members of HDI. Also working on the "sugar" project are HDI executive council member Emmanuel Agu, PhD, associate professor of computer science at WPI, who will lead the software development for the new application, and Peder Pedersen, PhD, professor of electrical and computer engineering at WPI, who will work with the HDI team and direct the image processing component of the application. Throughout the project, WPI students will participate in the research and development. "This is wonderful opportunity for our students to work together on teams with senior researches and clinical partners, to help develop an exciting application that meets a real medical need," Agu said.

Currently, treating chronic foot ulcers is a significant challenge because walking on ulcerated feet causes further trauma. Even the action of having affected patients come to a physician's office for an examination can cause additional injury and stress. A novel aspect of the application would give patients more control over the care of their foot ulcers. The patient, or someone else in the home, would photograph the ulcers on a regular basis then use embe
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Contact: Michael Cohen
mcohen@wpi.edu
508-868-4778
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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