Health and technology: 6 innovative projects created by Mexicans

  • The EMED group emerged in 2022 with the aim of bringing together areas such as engineering with the medical field.
  • It is estimated that 45% of scientific researchers in Latin America are women.
  • From works on sarcopenia to others focused on cancer detection are some of the national projects that combine health and technology.

Sometimes it is thought that the greatest innovations in the world are only created in first world countries, but this is not necessarily the case. In the case of Mexico, there are also cutting-edge projects that they combine health with technology to offer solutions to problems of daily life. Some of the most interesting are led by the EMED (Electronic Medicine) group from CETYS Universidad Campus Mexicali.

Made up of students and professors from different engineering fields, in just one semester of existence EMED managed to come together and define its field of work to the medical-clinical, psychological, social and physical area. In this way, it impacts each of these areas with the development of projects and prototypes that contribute to improving the quality of life of patients.

“Upon my arrival at CETYS in the second half of 2022 and based on previous experiences working with multidisciplinary groups, I found it interesting that this line of research applied to health could be opened in this institution. In addition, the synergy trend of information technology with medicine is incremental, so that was the reason why I gave myself the task of creating this group”, shared Dr. Cristian Castillo Olea, who He is a teacher in this group.

For students, being members of EMED represents the opportunity to get involved in the design, development and operation of Useful technological tools for the diagnosis and/or monitoring of the treatment of different pathologies. In this way, it is directly linked to real practice and raises awareness about the importance of using technology from the perspective of engineering to collaborate with health professionals.

In addition to joining a group based on science and the generation of knowledge, for academics this is an opportunity to venture into new lines of research applying the humanist philosophy that characterizes CETYS University.

Mexican projects that combine health and technology

Currently there are six projects developed by future engineers in mechanics, cybernetics and computer science, together with professors Dr. Carlos Solorio, who is also director of the School of Engineering at CETYS University Campus Mexicali, Dr. Veronica Rojas, Dr. Jesús Mora and Dr. Yuliana Martinez:

Technological solution to support child rehabilitation through the use of sensors and application development

It consists of an integral system made up of hardware and software elements for the rehabilitation of patients with motor disabilities, which aims to innovate the way of providing rehabilitation both in institutions and at home. Dr. Alheli Bremer, an academic at the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC), and students Jesús Zambrano, Christian Aguiñiga Quintero, Alfredo Hacegaba Esparza and Andrea Garcia Alvarado collaborate on this project.

Detection of pollutants in air

Its objective is to develop a technological platform to provide the user with information about the quality of the air to which they are exposed, with information based on indicating the concentration of atmospheric pollutants found in the air to then generate alarms aimed at the most sensitive population. this type of contamination, and thus alert them about when the situation is harmful to their health. The students José Acosta, Fernando Chon, Ángel Valenzuela, Daniel Silva, Edson de León and Francisco Macías participated.

Sarcopenia Project

The purpose of this project is to identify the prevalent variables to determine the level of sarcopenia that patients have, providing doctors with an automatic classifier of the level of sarcopenia in older adults using artificial intelligence, in addition to identifying the weight of each variable used in the study. study. This project is a collaboration with the Tijuana General Hospital through Dr. Clemente Zuñiga, and students David Figueroa and Juan Carlos Gil.

Ulcers Project

This research aims to develop a system using Deep learning techniques that allows doctors, caregivers and patients to keep track of the evolution of the healing of patients living with ulcers, using various indicators and quantitative characteristics such as the volume of the wound cavity, area and diameter, the type of bacteria causing the infection, and the types of tissue present in the wound. The students Mariana Cárdenas, Edson de León and Fernando Guerrero collaborate in it.

breast cancer project

Using Deep Learning tools to predict the state of the patient when he has a previous diagnosis, it is intended to provide the possibility of taking readjustment measures in the treatment of cancer patients, using mammography images that allow an alternative to optimize response times. . The project is developed in collaboration with Dr. Eric Ortiz from National Cancer Institute (INCAN).

COVID-19 project

The pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 is an acute disease of global concern. Most people who get sick from COVID-19 experience symptoms that can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe. To help make quick decisions about treatment and isolation needs, it is useful to determine which significant variables indicate cases of infection in the population treated at the Tijuana General Hospital. To do this, a mathematical model of Artificial Intelligence (Machine Learning) capable of identifying significant variables in the early stages of COVID-19 patients is being developed, in a joint investigation with Dr. Clemente Zuñiga.

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Health and technology: 6 innovative projects created by Mexicans