Kong receives Shah Lab Seed Grant to develop digital health platform

Nan Kong, professor of biomedical engineering at Purdue University, has been awarded a Seed Grant from the Shah Family Global Innovation Lab.

The project, titled Overuse of Hospital, has the goal of developing a digital health platform that relays self-reported data from clients in the community-based care support program to the paramedics. Clients of this program suffer from chronic conditions and struggle to manage health independently, thus having a high risk of hospital readmission. This data will help Empress Emergency Medical Services, located in New York, identify clients who need intervention before visiting an emergency room or being readmitted to the hospital. On the care provider side, a staffing dashboard will be developed for Empress to better prioritize which patients to be seen and better manage their staff for daily operations.

Kong will collaborate with Nicole Adams, clinical assistant professor for Purdue's School of Nursing, and a fellow faculty affliate with the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering where they conduct research to improve the quality, accessibility, and affordability of healthcare delivery through collaboration, partnerships, and engagement. 

The Shah Lab, part of Purdue University's Global Engineering Program and Partnerships, fosters and sustains a vibrant community of faculty, staff, and students working with domestic and international partners to address socio-economic challenges based on engineering innovations and market-driven approaches. Awards are made possible through contributions from the Shah Family Endowment, a $2.5M gift from Manu and Rika Shah.