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Biotechnology at Harrisburg University, making engineering, healthcare breakthroughs

Biotechnology at Harrisburg University, making engineering, healthcare breakthroughs

Your health- yep, there’s an app for that!

Harrisburg University has recently added a master’s program in there science field in bioelectronics.

A multi-disciplinary and technology-based area that combines biology with areas of overall life improvement regarding animals, food, and humans.

Harrison Hahn, a 25-year-old Lancaster man, uses bioelectronics on a daily basis to monitor and control his type 1 diabetes.

One of those devices is an Omnipod: a wireless and remote-controlled bioelectronics that regulates his blood sugar.

“Every hour it automatically dispenses insulin,” says Hahn. “It gives me a set amount that I tell it to so that I don’t have to worry about that all day long or at night.”

The Omnipod is a far cry from the outdated style of administering insulin using needles and viles.

To take it one step further, Hahn can constantly check in on his blood sugar through an app on his phone that uses Bluetooth technology to communicate with a small tube in his blood stream.

Dr. Leena Pattarkine, the head of the biotechnology program at the University of Harrisburg, says this innovate field is evolving every day, making engineering and healthcare breakthroughs.

“It’s progressing a lot beyond what the common man knows and understands,” says Dr. Pattarkine. “Even high school students are working on what we call a human brain and computer interface.”

Dr. Pattarkine says these kinds of developments can provide at-will movement for paraplegics and even give sight-seeing capabilities to the blind. She says the ultimate goal is to simplify the lives of those with a wide array of diseases and disabilities.

“It makes it easier for everybody. When you look at a person who needs attendance, it’s that person who is dependent and there is a unit of people who cater to the needs of that person.”

Hahn appreciates the discretion these devices allow, creating normalcy in everyday situations.

“You don’t have to always use needle pens or go to the bathroom to administer your insulin,” says Kahn. “Being able to do it all kind of discreetly, I bet half of my friends don’t even know I’m a diabetic because I didn’t tell them.”

Dr. Pattarkine says the biotechnology program at the University of Harrisburg currently hosts almost 60 students and that interest in the field continues to grow

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