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$12-million Detroit proj-
ect aimed at shaping the
future of medicine — the
Innovation Institute at Henry Ford
Hospital — opened recently.
The plan is to grow a robust
new industry within the region,
with the potential to create new
jobs and improve the health,
economy and living standards of
The Innovation Institute is a
partnership that includes Henry
Ford Medical Group, the College
for Creative Studies (CCS), the
Smart Sensors and Integrated
Microsystems (SSIM) Program at
Wayne State University and The
Its goal is to find creative solu-
tions, including extending state-
of-the-art techniques to impact a
wider variety of diseases with non-
invasive, minimally invasive and/or
robotic techniques for patient safety
and best outcomes; pursuing bench-
to-bedside development opportuni-
ties in robotics and non-invasive
techniques; developing value-based
models of new treatments and
technologies; and developing and
commercializing new products to
enhance medical care in the future.
The institute first joined with
CCS, a world leader in art and
design education, last winter when
15 senior product-design students,
none of whom had any background
in medicine, spent weeks observing
the environment and experiences of
staff, patients and families one-to-
one in Henry Ford Hospital.
What emerged far exceeded
Henry Ford's expectations, from
space redesigns of patient rooms
and waiting areas, to surgical and
Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy
Schlichting and Dr. Mark Rosenblum, chair,
Department of Neurosurgery, enjoy the
opening celebration of the institute with
Karen Davidson of Bloomfield Hills.
diagnostic tool development. Some
students have been hired by the
Innovation Institute to work with
researchers on product designs.
Now a second class of 15 CCS
students has started design work at
Henry Ford Hospital.
The other major partner is SSIM
at Wayne State, which has a long
history of developing products
for the automobile industry, U.S.
Department of Defense, NASA and
Projects, including virtual breast
biopsy, knifeless surgery, rapid diag-
nosis of viruses and cancers and
surgical probes that can instantly
differentiate malignant versus nor-
mal cells, are among several dozen
currently being developed between
Henry Ford and SSIM.
To learn more about the
Innovation Institute at Henry Ford,
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