HST.426 :: Spring 2018 Class

HST.426 Maker Lab: Creating Technologies to Re-invent Health Care

Course Director(s): Lee Gehrke, Jose Gomez-Marquez, Anna Young

Time: Tuesday Lecture 2:30-3:30pm (E25-117), Thursday Lab 2-5pm (Location E25-533 HST Medical Makerspace)

 **Register via Websis using HST.426 selection here.**


HST.426 Medical Maker Lab is for people who want apply their creativity and skills toward building devices that have relevance to medicine and patient care. There are no prerequisites, and students of any year may enroll. The building exercises are mentored, but the device design and implementation are driven by the creativity and skills of student teams.

Students enrolled in this course will acquire skills to build devices with clinical relevance by learning:
• Laser cutting
• 3D printing
• cell culture
• safe handling of viruses
• electronics (arduino, raspberry pi)
• mechatronics (using motors to move things)
• data analysis and oral presentations
• working as a member of a team

In addition to lectures from the course primary faculty, in-class discussions will be led by world-class faculty including John Halamka MD, (Chief Information Officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital), Eric von Hippel (Professor, MIT Sloan School), and Bruce Walker, M.D. (Founding Member of the Ragon Institute; infectious Diseases Expert).

Concepts that permeate the Course Design:

Today’s medical technology is anything but transparent. It’s cloaked in housings, shrouded in complexity, and driven by engineering we can’t understand. It is, by definition, “design for black box”. For example, the United States uses 20 million home pregnancy tests a year. Digital pregnancy tests cost around $20, include more than 45 parts and marketing dupes us into believing that an LCD is more accurate than a paper strip. In reality, digital sounds fancy, but the resulting data are not more accurate than a simple paper strip. We also address the issue of who owns patient data generated by devices: the patient or Google?

In HST MakerLab, we explore how to develop tools that de-mystify device design to deliver devices that are transparent and amenable to patient/user modification. Using Construction Sets for Health as a strategy, students will explore the diversity of possibilities that can be applied when patients are empowered to design their own solutions. Students will participate in team projects that are supported by lectures and hands-on labs.

If you are interested applying your creativity and skills to build devices that have medical relevance, this is a course for you.

email hst426 [at] mit.edu with any questions