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HI Students Win “Hackathon” and Present Project to Advisory Board

Posted On February 10, 2017
Categories Informatics, News

Members of the all undergraduate BIS team who took first place in the 2016 Health IT Slam Competition recently presented their work to the Center for Health IT advisory board meeting.

The two-week “hackathon,” sponsored by the Robinson College of Business Center for Health Information Technology, challenged students to develop innovative solutions to address issues found in healthcare information technology (IT).

Each team worked with an industry partner, usually an executive from a health IT-related company. The industry partners represented some companies including Alliant Health, Change Health, CliniCom, Deloitte, Jackson Healthcare and In90group. Most teams were graduate students – Master of Science in Information Systems, MBA or Master of Hospital Administration degree programs.

However, the team that won the competition was made up of all undergraduate Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies students. These five students developed a prototype of a device to dispense opioid medication. The device, Docheio, is designed to integrate fully with an electronic health records (EHR) system.

The winning team of Nathan Cenatus, Deborah Choi, Jennie Huynh, David Nguyen and Sagar Rijal received a $2,500 prize for scholarships. Also, one of the industry partners has asked for a meeting with the students to discuss the device.

“We faculty are extremely proud to see this group of undergraduate students translate the interdisciplinary knowledge they have learned in the classroom into ideas that are useful and of value to the healthcare industry,” says Tamara Melton, clinical health informatics program director for the BIS degree program. “These students embody the goal of the BIS program: to prepare our students to enter the workforce as well-rounded health informatics professionals who will use innovation to improve healthcare delivery.”