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Med Tech & Engineering Innovations

From computer simulations of new medical technology durability to simplified PPE designs for mass production, a coalition drawing on expertise from across the university is working to help provide healthcare professionals the tools they need to fight COVID-19.

The COVID-19 crisis has put a significant strain on the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers. The Coalition for Health Innovation in Medical Emergencies (CHIME)—a group that includes experts in engineering, public health, nursing, medicine, and design—has been rapidly designing, evaluating, and testing ideas in several key areas: face masks, face shields, ventilation, and sterilization.

CHIME is conducting research and communicating with local health care experts to explore novel pathways and recommendations for navigating the COVID-19 crisis. CHIME is working in close collaboration with the Wright Laboratory, the School of Architecture, the Neurotechnology Core at Yale School of Medicine, and the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID). Collectively, these organizations have dozens of 3D printers, laser cutters, and other sophisticated fabrication equipment. Collaborations with several industry partners are also underway.

Below are key examples of projects taking place under CHIME. All of these are meant to inform the Yale and wider communities about activities to help combat COVID and to facilitate collaborations. For additional information or to explore Medical Technology & Engineering Innovations collaborations, please contact vincent.wilczynski@yale.edu.