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Health kiosk installed in Academic & Research Center; part of Russ College research project

A kiosk that measures blood pressure, weight and body fat composition has been installed in the Academic & Research Center (ARC), near room 145.

The kiosk is part of a collaborative project between the Russ College and the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine to build an affordable health kiosk. Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Avinash Kodi and Medical Informatics Analyst Kapil Bajaj have been working together for four years on their integrated health management system – and involving undergraduate students in their work.

While the ARC kiosk is a commercial product from an outside vendor, the Ohio University research team is building a similar one, but with different features and attributes.

A primary goal of the project is to reduce the deployment cost of healthcare kiosks, making them more readily available and with the capacity to be installed in public areas.

“By increasing the deployment of kiosks, there is an increase in the potential for an individual’s everyday usage, resulting in improvement of the individual’s health,” Kodi said.

Senior electrical engineering students have designed a user-friendly data entry display, secure digital storage of medical data that satisfies HIPAA regulations, and the integration of advanced sensors such as a glucose sensor and transmitter and a commercial grade blood pressure cuff.

The inclusion of a blood glucose reader supports the work of Associate Professor of Computer Science Cindy Marling and Professor of Endocrinology Frank Schwartz, who use the measurements in their work to improve diabetes management.

This part of the project will be on display Fri., May 3, at the Ohio University Research and Creative Activity Expo at the Convocation Center, and Wed.,-Thurs., May 23-24, at the Department of Electrical Engineering capstone design fair in the ARC living room atrium.

This is the sixth kiosk in the Athens community. Others are located on campus in Parks Hall, Irvine Hall, Nelson Commons and Baker University Center, and also at the Athens Community Center.

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