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Where I've Been, What I do.


I'm Kat Usop, BME, MSHI

I'm an award-winning expert in Architecting Systems at Point-of-Care and Consumer Health Innovation using Gamification, Design Thinking, and Agile Deployment.



Awards & Recognition

  • 2020 Finalist at Idea-Fest Competition, Raleigh, NC, USA 

  • 2020 Finalist NC Data Challenge: Showacase, Charlotte, NC, USA

  • 2019 Recipient of Donald Lindberg's Award for Health IT Innovation

  • Accepted and completed Velocity Accelerator Program - Creative HealthTech

  • Innovation Talk for Gamified Surgical Virtual Workspace, Harvard Medical School 2018

  • Graduate Research Assistantship – University of Missouri, School of Medicine 2017

  • Nominated to Rollins Society – University of Missouri by Department of Health Management & Informatics, MU 2018

  • Honorable Mentions – American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) 2018

  • Best Medical App at World Summit Awards 2017 – Sutures App

  • Gold Thesis Award for Most Outstanding Undergraduate Engineering Thesis at Manufacturing Dept., DLSU. 2015

  • 1st Prize for Best Technical Product at DITECH Innovation Fair, DLSU. 2015

  • Top 10 Selected Disaster Relief Projects at IEEE Insight Region 10 Congress, India. 2013

  • Scholarship for Outstanding B2 German at Goethe Institute, Morocco. 2008

Projects, Products & Intellectual Publications

  • Cognitive Disorder Ontology: Behavioral and Physiological Symptoms in Diagnosing Common Anxiety Disorders – Implemented in WebProtege

  • Point-of-Care Primary Diagnostic Expert System for Infectious Diseases – implemented in Prolog

  • iHEAR – Patient centered platform for hearing aids adjustment among aging adults

  • MyTrybe – Remote patient-care activation Platform for adults with Diabetes

  • Oncoweb Portal – Data curation and warehousing for Oncology Data

  • Sutures Simulator – intelligent Decision Support System for Pre-operative surgical training and communication

  • InSight AI Psychotherapist – Decision Support System for remote and artificially intelligent conversational psychotherapy

  • Psypher – gamified psychiatric assessment for PTSD stressor identification therapy 

  • Usop,K.,(2019,May), A Systematic Review of “Personalized Medicine” Mobile Health Technologies and  Their Im pact on Consumer Health (in review)

  • Usop, K., (2018, May), Impacts of Integrating Gamified Surgery Educational Technologies in Healthcare. In Journal of Serious Games for Health and Medicine (preprint)

  • Bouras, M.,Usop, K., Popescu, M., (2018, March), Empowering Diabetes Self-management by Gamifying Intelligent System: MyTrybe Framework. In IEEE MECBME, 2018, IEEE

  • Mandal, S.,Usop, K., Ong, R., Gonzalez, E.A., & Reilly, R. (2014, April). IEEE Direct to Students program (D2S): Changing dynamics of education and Innovation. In Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), 2014 IEEE (pp. 987 - 990), IEEE.

  • Usop,K.(2019,April).GamificationasanEnd-gametoHealthcareInnovation–PanelDiscussion,American Healthcare Executive (ACHE), West Florida Chapter.

  • Usop, K., (2018, March). Gamifying Surgery: How to design a bio-inspired game engine for Virtual Surgical Procedures. In Virtual Reality Symposium - Harvard Medical School, 2018, United States of America.

  • Usop,K.,(2016, July). Application of a Mobile Platform For Instant Messaging, Classification and Transfer of Medical Data: A Conceptual Framework. In e-Health and Telemedicine in Mediterranean Countries, 2016, Kingdom of Morocco.

  • Usop, K.,(2014, December). Telecare: Human-Centered Design Analysis for Elderly People with Mild Dementia. In Koszalin University of Technology Telehealth Symposium, 2014, Poland.

Training, Education and Industrial Experience

  • Master of Science in Health Informatics – BioInformatics (2019)

  • Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering and Management with Specialization in Biomedical Engineering ( 2015)

  • Peer Reviewer at IEEE Journal for Biomedical and Health Informatics (JBHI)

  • Peer Reviewer at Europen Journal for Biomedical Informatics

  • Peer-Reviewer at Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR)

  • Google Women TechMakers – Morocco Lead (2017)

  • Google Developers Group Rabat Section –Co-organizer (2017)

  • IEEE Education Society – Program manager (2012-2014)

Industrial Involvement

  • Innovation Architect Mentor for multiple Health Tech companies (under Medverse labs LLC)

  • Co-Founder of  Techverse coworking space & incubator- Rabat city (under ASEAN industries LLC)

  • Co-Founder of GINA Health AI Startup (under Gina Health LLC)

  • Co-Founder of Techversity  Mindshops

  • Former R&D Manager at Duke University – Biomedical Engineering

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