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Patch featured Seidenberg's Professor Zhan Zhang in "Pace University Receives $175G from National Science Foundation"

06/25/2020

Patch featured Seidenberg's Professor Zhan Zhang in "Pace University Receives $175G from National Science Foundation"

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Pace University Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems Professor Zhan Zhang, Ph.D., a $175,000 grant to research wearable technology for emergency healthcare workers.

"This is my long-standing research interest," said Professor Zhang, who has been doing research in the healthcare technology field since 2011. "Emergency care work is inherently important to society as it deals with life-threatening injuries and emergency situations. Improving the work efficiency of emergency care will lead to better patient outcomes and decreased medical errors."

Zhang's almost decade of work in the field has brought him to his current project: designing and developing novel technologies to support decision making and collaboration in highly dynamic medical environments. In these situations, decisions must be made quickly and acted upon immediately, such as when paramedics work to keep someone's heart beating while transporting them to a hospital.

Throughout the two-year term of the grant support, Dr. Zhang aims to develop wearable devices that can be used by paramedics to collect real-time patient data in a hands-free manner, and to communicate with emergency room and trauma teams at the receiving hospital. For example, paramedics transporting a patient can use smart glasses to transmit what they are seeing to colleagues awaiting the patient at the hospital. This enables them to act upon observations and instructions delivered by colleagues with relevant expertise. The result would be more efficient and effective patient care until the paramedics could deliver the patient to the hospital.

Read the full Patch article.