Penn State National Science Foundation Center for Health Organization Transformation
(Penn State CHOT) - An Industry-University Cooperative Research Center
Penn State CHOT Research Highlights  
Cloud-Based Electronic Health Care Recoding System- Senior Design Project Sponsored by CHOT

Alexus Eicher, Junaid Jagalur, Matthew Edel, Siddharth Patra, Andrew Rose, and Ajinkya Mukherjee developed the cloud-based  electronic health care recoding system for their senior design project supported by CHOT.

In many medical facilities, a problem doctors face is the difficulty with accessing and entering data into a database. Too much time is spent manually entering information rather than interfacing with patients, leading to customer dissatisfaction. A more advanced application can improve patient experience and facility throughput. These students used a  multi-layer, cloud-based application that can retrieve health care records from a database using a user interface. The objectives of this project are to improve the process for accessing and entering data into a health care database,  to increase patient satisfaction when visiting the doctor's office, and to increase a patient's accessibility to his or her health care records in a secure manner. This project was advised by Raghave Bansal, Dr. Soundar Kumara, and Dr. Hui Yang.

Stochastic Differential Equation Models to Simulate the Opioid Supply Chain Dynamics

Haedong Kim, a CHOT scholar, is developing stochastic differential equation models to simulate flows of the opioid supply chain for optimizing the decision policy to combat the opioid crisis.

Each day, more than 115 Americans die due to overdosing on opioids. Addiction to opioids (including heroin and fentanyl) is a serious national crisis that devastates public health. It is crucial to understand the underlying dynamics of the opioid supply-demand chain to make effective interventions. The stochastic differential equation (SDE)-based simulation models can be used to analyze the opioid supply chain effectively. In this modeling, supply flows of opioids can be treated as continuous, like fluid flowing from one station to another station.  Key factors are gates that control the fluid flow. In the opioid supply chain, gates that control the opioid supply include but not limited to regulations (tax, production limits,  importing limits), pharmacy benefit managers, prescribers, insurance,  treatment services, etc. Simulation models will help assess the effectiveness of gating by various interventions, thereby providing decision support for policy makers. 

CHOT Undergraduate Research
Additive Manufacturing of Functionally Graded Endoscopic Stent to Reduce Stent Migration in Gastrointestinal Tract

Lindsay Mitchell, a senior in biomedical engineering, is trying to develop a new additive-manufacturing-bases method to produce endoscopic stent under the advice of Dr. Mary Frecker.

Lindsay Mitchell is a senior in biomedical engineering and joined Dr. Frecker's group Spring 2018. They are working on the development of a new endoscopic stent. When a patient has an obstructive tumor in their esophagus, an endoscopic stent is placed in the affected area to open the passageway. When this obstruction occurs in a bent region of the esophagus, the stent tends to migrate to return to a linear position. Dr. Frecker group is studying how functional grading and geometry changes will affect the mechanical properties of the stent and reduce stent migration. One of the more common causes of stent migration is peristalsis. This semester, she will be creating a benchtop study to assess the effects of peristalsis on stent migration and determine which stent geometries perform the best under these conditions.

Upcoming Events
Penn State Biodevices FacultyXchange
Feb 25, 2020
Juniata Valley Winery, Pennsylvania

Penn State faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, medical residents and fellows, and students from all colleges and campuses are invited to share research expertise, to develop ideas for new projects, and to establish collaborations at the Penn State Biodevices FacultyXchange. This networking session will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Juniata Valley Winery, midway between the Hershey and University Park campuses.
Faculty will have the opportunity to present their clinical needs, science/engineering research capabilities and ideas for new technologies. Details on funding opportunities - including the new Center for Biodevices Seed Grants, Grace Woodward Grants for Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine, and large Innovation Grants - will be discussed and announced. 

Registration is required. A detailed agenda for the all-day event will be emailed to those who register. For more information, email Mary Frecker at  or Priya Baboo at  in the College of Engineering. Please refer to the link: for registration.

Researcher-Clinician Collaborations for Health Session
Feb 10, 2020
1850 E. Park Ave., Room 304/308, State College, Pennsylvania

Mount Nittany Health and Penn State Health physicians and Penn State researchers are invited to an evening of conversation about opportunities for translational research collaborations aimed at promoting health and treating disease. This session will be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10 at 1850 E. Park Ave., Room 304/308, State College. This session is sponsored by Penn State Office of the Senior Vice President for Research.
Registration is requested by Feb. 6.  Please refer to the link:  for registration.

Spring 2020 IAB Meeting
April 2-3, 2020
University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

NSF CHOT  2020 Spring Industry Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting will be hosted by the University of Louisville and be held in  Louisville, Kentucky on April 2 - 3, 2020 . There will be IAB members, potential IAB members, faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students to discuss and develop industry-driven research topics with feedback from IAB members for the new research cycle.  More information about the meeting will be posted on the CHOT website as it becomes available.

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ICDS Symposium 2020
March 16-17, 2020
State College, Pennsylvania

The ICDS 2020 Symposium - The Data Deluge: Opportunities and Challenges  - seeks to connect researchers from Penn State and beyond around topics and tools for data management and manipulation, data analytics, data visualization, data integrity, and related topics. By fostering discussions around these issues, ICDS plans to both advance science using interdisciplinary approaches and increase the societal impact of Penn State research. The Symposium will begin with an industry night and poster session on Monday, March 16, followed by a full day of programming on Tuesday, March 17, that will include several panel discussions, structured small group collaborations, networking opportunities, a keynote address, and more. 

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July 20-24, 2020
Montréal, Québec, Canada

The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society will host the 42nd Annual International Conferen ce of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in conjunction with the 43rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society, to be held in Montréal, Québec, Canada, July 20-24, 2020. 

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IISE Annual Conference 2020
May 30-June 2, 2020
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) will host the IISE Annual Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana. Leaders in the field will join up-and-comers and students to network, gather new ideas, and learn about innovative tools and techniques, resulting in lasting career connections. 

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August 20-24, 2020, Hong Kong

The IEEE CASE is the flagship automation conference of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and constitutes the primary forum for cross-industry and multidisciplinary research in automation. Its goal is to provide a broad coverage and dissemination of fundamental research in automation among researchers, academics, and practitioners. The theme of the conference is  Automation Analytics

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