Through a new partnership, Chicago-based Hill-Rom and the University of Pennsylvania seek to develop new “smart” technology to address challenges in hospital rooms, reports the Daily Pennsylvanian

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The School of Engineering and Applied Science’s PRECISE Center and the School of Nursing formed a partnership with Hillrom, a medical device provider, to develop new technical solutions for health care challenges including critical care, diabetes, mental health, and cardiology.

The partnership, forged in August, will be a multi-year endeavor in which Penn and Hillrom researchers will collect data from hospital rooms and existing records in order to gain a complete and accurate image of the issues hospitals and patients face. With this data, the partnership aims to integrate new “smart” technology into the hospital room to address these issues. One of these devices, the smart bed, can continuously monitor patients and alert doctors when medical complications arise.

Read more in the Daily Pennsylvanian.

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