(UT Research Foundation News) An interdisciplinary lab at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is reshaping the future of health care by developing new technologies to improve patient outcomes and engage health care professionals and students in active learning.
The Health Innovation Technology and Simulation ( HITS ) Laboratory is built on a collaborative research partnership between the Tickle College of Engineering and the College of Nursing. Its cofounders and codirectors Xueping Li, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering in the College of Engineering, and Tami Wyatt, the Torchbearer Professor and Associate Dean of Research in the College of Nursing, began working together in 2006 and established the HITS Lab in 2011. Li and Wyatt were interested in the intersection of technology and health care, and how technology can be applied to solve health care problems in innovative ways. As they continued to work together, Li and Wyatt started to bring other researchers and experts from diverse areas but with similar interests to the table, including engineers, nurses, graphic designers, nutritionists, and social workers.