Project Lead: Howard Wactlar, Carnegie Mellon
The Testbed Integration (QoLT Systems) provides a natural and expeditious pathway for technology to be moved from the lab to validation in an integration testbed inhabited by end-users and then to commercialization.
QoLT Systems research infuses products from the thrusts into integrated systems and creates entire new techniques and knowledge through the complex task of integration into people’s lives. The latter occurs in our Natural Environment Testbeds. We have established comprehensive long-term relationships with the Presbyterian Senior Care, provider of a full spectrum of health and living services; and the McKeesport Independent Zone (McKIZ) developed by Blueroof Technologies; and integrated them into our research program.
Presbyterian SeniorCare provides a variety of living and care options, including assisted living, independent and supportive housing, nursing care, Alzheimer's care, home health care and Continuing Care Retirement Community living. They serve a diverse population of more than 5,000 older adults at over 40 facilities throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. Presbyterian SeniorCare is the third and the largest Aging Services Network accredited in the United States. They were a founding member of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) and have a long history of instituting innovative alternatives to traditional nursing care. They were the first in Pennsylvania to utilize a non-institutional design and have been research participants in the CMU CareMedia and NurseBot programs.
We have also established testbed and clinical study relationships with Verland, a Sewickley, Pennsylvania facility serving children and adults with mental retardation and physical disabilities, and the Providence Care Center in Beaver Falls, through our associated CareMedia project.