UL Lafayette leaders, in partnership with LCG, LUSFiber and FiberCorp, a non-profit organization, unveiled the plan for Lafayette's Living Lab for Healthcare Innovation. A plan that will provide fiber-optic frameworks to help "design, develop and document the next generation of healthcare solutions." According to the release, "the Living Lab will serve as a community test bed, a place where healthcare innovators can test their ideas in a real world setting."
Secretary Bruce Greenstein, with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals said, "If you look at manufacturing, financial services, the service sector, much better utilization of technology to get higher quality and more productivity. That hasn't gotten too deep into healthcare yet. Relationships like this allow us to better the tools that healthcare provides both in DHH and around the state can use, therefore making healthcare more productive."
Two projects are set to come out of the Living Lab in the next few months. One project involves Microsoft providing personal health records to students electronically. The second project, would use LUS Fiber to bring health services to the homes of ageing patients. Although it is difficult to determine the future of thee projects, the hope is that the outcome is a positive one.