New IoT Lab to Focus on Healthcare
Alex Brown, Multimedia Journalist, Inside INdiana Business
“FORT WAYNE –A health-based Internet of Things lab is being planned for northeast Indiana. The federal Economic Development Administration has awarded a three-year, $750,000 grant to the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center to launch the cluster-focused commercialization program. Chief Executive Officer Karl LaPan says work on the Indiana Connected Health IoT Lab/Network is slated to begin in January.
In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, LaPan said the lab will serve as a place to pilot and experiment with innovative ideas in the healthcare space. He says it will be “focused on how to use technology to improve patient care, how to get greater engagement with patients and the care that they need in order to be successful with their health, and to work with companies and entrepreneurs and business builders and idea people to bring some of those game changing ways of engaging patients to the marketplace.”
LaPan says northeast Indiana is a great fit for a lab of this type because of the cluster of industries, such as advanced manufacturing, medical devices, communications and electronics, and insurance, which have a strong presence in the region.
“All of those things are important dimensions of a successful ecosystem for connected health,” said LaPan. “So I think bringing those various disciplines and industries together, we can create game changing technology to help improve and hopefully bend the cost curve in healthcare.” ”
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