Johns Hopkins Receives Grant to Develop New Technologies for Healthy Aging
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Johns Hopkins has received a $20 million grant from the National Institute of Aging for a new venture.
The National Institute of Aging provided the fund to Johns Hopkins for developing new technologies for healthy aging.
The company aims to make use of the new Artificial Intelligence technology to develop its devices. The new AI-based devices will focus on older adults living independently.
Utilization of Funds
The allotted funds will be utilized for the next five years to develop new AI-based devices and Technology.
The funds will be distributed to a joint group of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and nursing, the Carey Business School, and Whiting School of Engineering.
Other stakeholders are also included, which will help them boost the development process of these new devices.
Besides this, technology developers, caregivers, and other business partners are also included.
As per recent studies, many older adults are suffering from various health conditions. They are unable to take part in social activities. They have to remain idle in their home as they don’t know what to do and how to cure a particular disease.
Now, these joint groups will be working on new technologies and devices that will offer more years to their life.
The older people will be able to enjoy their life by doing various activities. This will make them more engaged with a society that ultimately extends their life.
Walston will be leading this initiative or we can say a joint venture, with the help of the received funds from the National Institute of Aging.
Walston is the Raymond and Anna Lublin Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, and the co-principal investigator of the Johns Hopkins Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC), which focuses on studying frailty among older adults.
How will the Workgroups Work?
With the help of the latest AI technology and the use of biomedical data, they are planning to develop new devices powered by these technologies.
Biomedical data are gathered from various tech devices such as smartphones, fitness trackers, smartwatches, healthcare devices, sensors, and more.
Biomedical data are available from various institutions and can be bought or shared between organizations.
The new technology uses advanced AI algorithms to evaluate the data and work on them. It will also use patterns and features that will focus more on improving the health of older Americans.
The study also reports that the percentage of older adults worldwide will increase in the coming decades. In the US alone, over 54 million Citizens with 65 years or more.
The same number will be doubled by 2060. The study also reports that the number of older adults in America is increasing rapidly i.e., one in four Citizens.
Different information collected from different devices could help the organization develop unique devices powered by Artificial Intelligence.
The new devices may slow aging in older adults and offer them longer lives as they can save themselves.
There will be eight workgroups for this project. These workgroups include caregivers, developers, engineers, scientists, psychologists, and other professionals who will work collaboratively to develop new devices.
Besides this, a critical partnership with other business partners will help the team to work faster on this project.
Business partners other than Johns Hopkins Schools and Organizations will be partnered with the workgroups to strengthen the study and development process.
The team will first focus on developing concepts for their project. They will include stakeholders, caregivers, and other older Americans.
They have planned to utilize the existing technologies or develop new technologies for this particular project.
After completing their project, they will design prototypes and begin the trials of their devices with humans.
After the successful trials, they will bring the devices to market for selling.
The devices will be brought to the market with the collaboration of the medical industry and other industries.
About Johns Hopkins:
Johns Hopkins has expertise in biomedical engineering and artificial intelligence technology.
The business of healthcare, with its existing research programs, will boost this project. This is the reason behind allotting the $20 million grant to this organization. They will bring healthcare collaborators to introduce their devices once they are prepared.