Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) Announces Primary Care Innovation Winners

By Ravish Amin

The Massachusetts General Hospital’s Ambulatory Practice of the Future (APF) and the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) award annual prizes for innovation in primary care. This year’s winning concept involved rapid imaging of the retina for screening without requiring eye drops for dilation.

A novel noninvasive method for continuous glucose monitoring in diabetics, home monitoring technology for congestive heart failure designed to reduce hospital readmission, and technology facilitating identification of common pathogens in smaller blood samples were among other top-scoring entries into this year’s competition.

CIMIT is a non-profit consortium of Boston-area teaching hospitals and engineering schools. CIMIT participants are students with engineering expertise from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Boston University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Northeastern University, Partners HealthCare, and VA Boston Healthcare System.

Top prize: Rapid retina imaging Team co-led by Jason Boggess and Everett Lawson, graduate students in MIT’s Media Lab.

Second prize: Home monitoring approach for early identification of chronic congestive health failure. Graduate-student team from the University of California at San Francisco, led by Mozziyar Etemadi

Third prize: Continuous glucose monitoring for diabetics and rapid identification of pathogens in small blood samples. Daniel DeDora from the State University of New York at Stony Brook Monika Weber from Yale University

To see the Top Ten Finalists and Collaborators, visit the CIMIT website at:


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