ECE PhD Student Develops Blood Sample Tracking App
Murphy Wonsick, a first year ECE PhD student, developed a system and app for automated tracking of blood samples from collection facilities to testing facilities in Liberia.
This project was spun off from Taskin Padir's NSF RAPID project on nextgen Ebola Treatment Units. Current practices in Liberia result in loss of 20% of the blood samples as they cannot be traced back to the patients. Murphy developed a system and designed an app that runs on a tablet to make the data entry and tracking easy to address this problem. Her system will be field tested in Liberia this spring as we were selected to receive one of the awards in response to the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (RAS-SIGHT) 2016 Call for Humanitarian Projects. This project is one of six selected among more than 40 projects submitted worldwide.