The MICARE Center is currently operational as a virtual center, developing innovative algorithms and technologies, such as a skin cancer detection application using a smartphone, and a Parkinson’s Disease (PD) tremor sensor monitoring and medication reporting system. The reports, accessible to PD individuals, their caregivers, primary physicians, and Parkinson’s specialists, will provide more reliable data, improving clinical decisions, care-coordination, and quality of life for those with PD.
MICARE requires a shared facility to foster an integrated environment, permitting clinicians, scientists, and technologists to work together in developing health care solutions for the rural population. Michigan Tech classrooms are not appropriate for clinical testing and local health care facilities are not equipped to offer joint research, simulation, or education space. A shared center would include a strong clinical presence, enhancing the design, development, testing, and implementation of innovative technologies, resulting in improved healthcare delivery.
The full impact of MICARE can be realized only by establishing a collaborative environment blending clinic, simulation labs, research, and education space. Because all the “components” of MICARE already exist, with only the physical space missing, the return on MICARE’s initial investment will be both rapid and sustained.
The MICARE Center will be self-sustaining through grant funding from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Corporate Project Sponsorships.
By drawing on multiple long-term funding sources in health monitoring and clinical care, grants will be secured by our proven team of researchers. Donations are not expected to be an ongoing source of funding, but are sought to conclude the renovations needed to establish the clinical educational space.