CREATe Research Thrust Areas

Assistive Technology involves a broad range of treatment devices and protocols designed to assist individuals who are disabled as the result of birth defects, injury, illness or aging. Research activities may involve a comprehensive approach or one more narrowly focused on a specific body system, disease state, or disability with the goal of developing innovative technologies to help individuals with disabilities carry out daily and vocational activities more independently and effectively.

Healthcare Construction Facility Design and Environmental Management includes all things related to healthcare facility design and encompasses laboratory as well as patient care structures.

Diagnostic and Treatment Protocols is a new area of interest concentrating on the design and implementation of the methods used for diagnosing and treating various health disorders.

Medical Imaging refers to the broad area of visualizing the human body and its functions. It includes visualization, processing, rendering, segmentation, analysis, and interaction with techniques used in radiology, such as magnetic resonance imaging.

Patient Informatics generally refers to the patient electronic medical record – how it is generated, stored, transmitted, and how the doctor interacts with this information.

Perception-Based Engineering studies the problems associated with human interaction with devices and the environment, from vision to haptics.

Healthcare Systems Engineering involves the application of engineering principles, specifically systems analysis, to the entire healthcare field which includes basic medical science, device and protocol development and product delivery.

Healthcare Delivery concentrates on the actual provision of healthcare from acute medical care to rehabilitation to home healthcare. The use of the “Medical Home” and other systems may provide improvements in healthcare delivery.