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CIMIT Welcomes First International Affiliate

John A. Parrish, MD, founder and executive director of CIMIT, is pleased to announce that the first international affiliate of CIMIT has recently launched in Manchester, UK.

The organization is MIMIT (Manchester: Integrating Medicine and Innovative Technology). It will draw together clinicians and scientists from a group of Greater Manchester hospitals, clinical practices and the University of Manchester for major collaborations to apply the latest technology to medical problems and transform healthcare in the UK.

Dr. Parrish said, "Clinicians are constantly attempting to improve the practice of medicine, yet often are unaware of solutions that might exist outside their field, or medicine. Engineers and scientists continually develop technologies but may be unaware of the complexity or exact nature of the problem to be solved. The challenge is to bring scientists and clinicians together to create the right environment with the right resources to work quickly to adapt existing or develop new technologies to improve clinical care and outcome. I am confident that will happen with MIMIT."

CIMIT's mission is to improve patient care by facilitating collaboration among scientists, engineers and clinicians to catalyze the discovery, development and implementation of innovative technologies, emphasizing minimally invasive approaches.

When the Manchester group discovered CIMIT and showed an interest in the success of its activities, CIMIT extended its cooperation and entered an agreement because "thoughtful relationships with consortiums outside Boston who share a similar vision and mission will add value to CIMIT in Boston, and that these relationships increase the power of interdisciplinary collaboration to make a difference in patient care."

CIMIT, founded a decade ago, has worked with Manchester since 2006 and has enjoyed the experience of sharing the model with healthcare professionals who have shown a desire and a capability to join CIMIT as its first international affiliate.

CIMIT is a consortium made up of non-profit medical and engineering institutions. MIMIT will involve researchers at the University of Manchester, Central Manchester and Manchester Children's Hospitals NHS Trust, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trusts, Christie Hospital NHS Trust, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, and Salford Primary Care Trust.

Jackie Oldham, PhD, director of MIMIT, said, "We believe Manchester is in a prime position to re-create the great success of CIMIT in Boston. The city has both an eminent and dynamic clinical profession and a strong and distinguished community of engineers and scientists. Their collaborations will significantly improve patient care and transform this into one of the most important sectors in the UK."

MIMIT officials say that one of CIMIT's great successes has been the "operating room of the future." A key element of its success is its real-time workflow improvement including parallel processing of patients, novel IT architecture, asset management and patient tracking solutions. Since 2002, more than 4,000 patients have been treated in this flexible learning environment.

Cynthia Bouthot, head of the UK Trade Initiative in Boston, said, "This collaboration between a center of excellence like the Manchester consortium with an innovator like CIMIT makes perfect sense. By drawing on the strengths of clinicians, inventors and industry leaders on both sides of the Atlantic, MIMIT will improve patient care and safety, and be a model for other UK centers to follow in years to come."

MIMIT has the backing of numerous area institutions, and will receive financial support from Manchester Knowledge Capital/NESTA to cover costs in its first year. NESTA is the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.

Members of the CIMIT consortium are Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Boston University, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Partners HealthCare System.

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