By Mariel Sokolov

Xinyu (David) Song took second place, winning $100,000, in the Center for Integration of Medicine & Innovative Technology (CIMIT) Student Healthcare Technology Competition this past July.

The competition’s goal is to “help engineering students advance their promising, clinically relevant, primary care innovations”.

CIMIT looks for technologies that “could improve access to medical care, better use caregivers’ skills, automate routine tasks, increase workflow efficiency, support patients with chronic disease, increase compliance with care protocols, reduce medical error in primary care, or augment the physician-patient or nurse-patient relationship”, all goals that Song’s project will accomplish when implemented.

Song’s is developing an automated, easy-to-use hearing test for primary care physicians to use on their patients. The project is revolutionary because, in Song’s words, “a more accessible form of hearing loss diagnosis could empower primary health-care providers as well as dramatically reduce the burden of labor for specialized health-care professions, ultimately lowering cost and barriers for this initial diagnostic activity”.

If hearing loss screening can be conducted in primary care facilities, patients with hearing disorders can be more easily identified and patients will no longer have to make special trips to audiologists just for hearing tests.

Song is a doctoral student in biomedical engineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He works in the lab of Dennis Barbour, MD, PHD, an associate professor of Biomedical Engineering, studying how to streamline the diagnosis of auditory disorders.

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