ITTC Project

Technology's impact on the health care industry

Project Award Date: 08-01-2006


According to the federal government, as much as $300 billion is spent annually on unnecessary, inappropriate, inefficient, or ineffective health care. With multiple doctors caring for a patient, it is difficult to quickly access complete, up-to-date medical histories. Emergency room personnel may be forced to treat patients without knowledge of their allergies, current medications, and prior diagnoses. Handwritten chart orders and prescriptions may be misunderstood. Patients may not have important information about their health or the hospitals and doctors that may best treat them

A paper-based records system does not enable the free flow of information between health care professionals and patients. Information technology will help fix many deficiencies in the trillion-dollar industry.

Webb is exploring a system to judge the quality of care, using clinical data. This will help people make informed decisions about their own treatment. He is also examining how robotics can be used in surgery or rehabilitation.


Faculty Investigator(s): Arvin Agah (PI)

Student Investigator(s): Russell Webb

Project Sponsors

Primary Sponsor(s): Self Fellowship

Partner with ITTC

The Information and Telecommunication Technology Center at the University of Kansas has developed several assistance policies that enhance interactions between the Center and local, Kansas, or national companies. 

ITTC assistance includes initial free consulting (normally one to five hours). If additional support is needed, ITTC will offer one of the following approaches: 

Sponsored Research Agreement

Individuals and organizations can enter into agreements with KUCR/ITTC and provide funds for sponsored research to be performed at ITTC with the assistance of faculty, staff and students.

Licensing and Royalty/Equity Agreement

An ITTC goal is the development of investment-grade technologies for transfer to, and marketing by, local, Kansas, and national businesses. To enhance this process, the Center has developed flexible policies that allow for licensing, royalty, and equity arrangements to meet both the needs of ITTC and the company.

Commercialization Development

Companies with a technology need that can be satisfied with ITTC's resources can look to us for assistance. We can develop a relationship with interested partners that will provide for the development of a technology suited for commercialization.

ITTC Resource Access

ITTC resources, including computers and software systems, may be made available to Kansas companies in accordance with the Center's mission and applicable Regents and University policies.

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