Dec 082015
CHIDS End-of-the-Semester team meeting!

CHIDS End-of-the-Semester team meeting!

This semester is coming to an end, and the holidays are right around the corner! CHIDS co-directors, Ritu Agarwal and Gordon Gao, met with the CHIDS team at their end-of-semester get-together and thanked them for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to achieving the center’s goals in tranforming IT healthcare.  They also welcomed new students, and said their goodbyes to outgoing graduate student, Keyur Shah. He served as the lead product manager on several CHIDS projects. Keyur has completed his program and will be joining Home Depot as an online associate product manager. Congratulation Keyur — you will be missed!  The gathering culminated with snacks, fun, and holiday cheer. Ritu wished everyone happy holidays!

Nov 122015

Congratulations to CHIDS Student Team for Winning the National Codeathon!

Congratulations to a team of students from the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program, sponsored by CHIDS, at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business for winning first prize with the award of $2,500 at the American Public Health Association’s 2015 Codeathon in Chicago! This codeathon was about how to improve the average life expectancy rate in the U.S. and it is amazing to see what our students have worked on during this event.

It is great to see how students from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business are bringing their knowledge and talents forward in many areas. We are proud to be sponsoring the winning team members from MSIS: Udit Gupta, Sagar Maniar, Nikita Padhye, and Keyur Shah. We are also proud to sponsor the other team members, Deok Gun Park (PhD candidate in computer science) and Junaed Siddiqui (PhD candidate in behavioral and community health).

“They developed a mobile application for the general public which consisted of an intuitive survey to predict the users’ predicted life expectancy. Users could view their unique lifestyle choices that were unhealthy and the corresponding number of years of life they were predicted to lose by continuing that lifestyle choice. The model behind this tool utilized the latest epidemiology and public health research. In addition to the public user application, the team developed the ability for public health professionals to create a text messaging campaign associated with the application, and a web platform which provided analytics for campaigns and collected data from public websites to help policy makers make decision based on granular data.”

Again, congratulations to these great team members and we look forward to seeing what more is to come for these students!

To learn more about the competition itself and about the students, please see more at: http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/news/ms-information-systems-students-win-national-codeathon#sthash.7jxxTShR.dpuf.