Charlie Sodini


MEDRC: a new paradigm for medical care from concept to delivery


“A radical change is taking place in how medical care is being delivered, with care delivery moving to ‘point of care’ rather than having patients travel to a doctor’s office or hospital,” said Charles Sodini, LeBel Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT and founder of the Medical Electronic Device Realization Center (MEDRC) at MIT.

For several years, researchers in the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL), theResearch Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), and the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (LMP), have been building the momentum for establishing a new collaborative center to unite the MIT research community with the medical community and the microelectronics and medical device industries. The desired end goal is to create a new paradigm for medical care from concept to delivery. In the process, this effort is adding to the momentum to establish Boston as the “Silicon Valley of medical electronic systems.”

The Medical Electronic Device Realization Center (MEDRC) at MIT was announced by MIT News Office press release on May 27, 2011. In collaboration with Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) and GE Global Research, the center will aim to create revolutionary improvements in multiple areas of the medical industry, including electronic devices, diagnostics and treatments, and technologies to enable information-driven health-care systems. The goal is to collaboratively achieve improvements in the cost and performance of medical electronic devices similar to those that have occurred in personal computers, communication devices and consumer electronics. Innovations in the usability and productivity of medical devices, and new technologies and approaches to manufacture devices will all be part of the realization of this goal.