Kevin Ponto Collaborates Home3D with UW Health and Epic

Kevin Pronto demonstrating vizHOME project


Press Release from Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

07 March 2016


UW and WID Pioneer Clinical Research with Epic

[Madison, Wisconsin] – Reflecting a unique opportunity for collaboration between UW Health, Epic and UW-Madison, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery’s (WID) Living Environments Lab (LEL) was awarded a $100,000 clinical research project grant to explore the value of full scale 3D visualizations of patients’ home environment which would be accessible to the patient’s discharge planning team through UW Health’s Epic electronic health record.

The study, named Home3D, will allow clinicians to virtually see a patient’s home, identify barriers to self-care, and tailor care instructions to a specific patient’s home environment.

The WID team from LEL is led by Patricia Flatley Brennan, Kevin Ponto and Markus Broecker. Eneida Mendonça, Assistant Director, Clinical/Health Informatics, UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research represents UW Health. The UW-Survey Center will facilitate discussions with physicians and patients to determine effectiveness. Epic will advise on EHR and privacy concerns.

The LEL developed a process to “virtualize” a home by using laser scanning technology to capture images of home interiors. Currently used on advanced visualization platforms, they will further enhance the utility of this technology by making the images viewable in standard web browsers.

This proof of concept design study will involve patients and clinicians to determine under what conditions this technology would be useful.

The study runs from March 2016-February 2017.


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About Wisconsin Institute for Discovery: Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) is a transdisciplinary research institute located in the Discovery Building at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Opened in 2010, WID explores information across disciplines at the interfaces of research, education and business.
Its core themes study Bionanocomposite Tissue Engineering Scaffolds, Optimization, Living Environments, Systems Biology, Core Computational Technology, Learning and Games, and Epigenetics.

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