As SC14 approaches, we have invited industry experts to share their views on high performance computing and life sciences. Below is a guest post from Karl D’Souza, senior user experience specialist at Dassault Systèmes Simulia Corp. Karl will be speaking about the Living Heart Project noted below during SC14 at the Intel booth (#1315) on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 12:15 p.m. in the Intel Theater and 1 p.m. in the Intel Community Hub.
Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) has become pervasive in the design and manufacture of everything from jumbo jets to razor blades, transforming the product development process to produce more efficient, cost effective, safe and easy to use products. A central component of CAE is the ability to realistically simulate the physical behavior of a product in real world scenarios, which greatly facilitates understanding and innovation.
Application of this advanced technology to healthcare has profound implications for society, promising to transform the practice of medicine from observation driven to understanding driven. However, lack of definitive models, processes and standards has limited its application, and development has remained fragmented in research organizations around the world.
In January of 2014, Dassault Systèmes took the first step to change this and launched the “Living Heart Project” as a translational initiative to partner with cardiologists, researchers, and device manufacturers to develop a definitive realistic simulation of the human heart. Through this accelerated approach, the first commercial model-centric, application-agnostic, multi-physical whole heart simulation has been produced.
Since cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of morbidity and mortality across the globe, Dassault Systèmes saw the Living Heart Project as the best way to address the problem. Although there is a plethora of medical devices, drugs, and interventions, physicians face the problem of determining which device, drug, or intervention to use on which patient. Often times to truly understand what is going on inside a patient invasive procedures are needed.
CAE and the Living Heart Project will enable cardiologists to take an image (MRI, CT, etc) of a patient’s heart and reconstruct it on a 3D model thereby creating a much more personalized form of healthcare. The doctor can see exactly what is happening in the patient’s heart and definitively make a more informed decision of how to treat that patient most effectively.
If you will be at SC14 next week, I invite you to join me when I present an overview of the project, the model, results, and implications for personalized healthcare. Come by the Intel booth (1315) on Wednesday, Nov. 19, for a presentation at 12:15 p.m. in the Intel Theater immediately followed by a Community Hub discussion at 1 p.m.
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