ASIS&T 6th Hackathon for Rare Diseases

ASIS&T is once again hosting a Hackathon for Rare Diseases, on Saturday, April 12th. Here’s a ReCap:
Have you or someone you’ve known been affected by a rare disease? You may know the difficulty in getting information as well as diagnoses; WebMD only goes so far. Well, this is your chance to help remedy the situation—you could help design an app.

Here is your chance to create and implement a prototype of a web-based application to track symptoms and vitals of patients affected by rare diseases. With about 7,000 rare disease known, patients and families affected by these diseases struggle with the paucity of information available to them about their afflictions. On average, it takes 7.5 years to get a correct diagnosis for a rare disease, and 8 doctors. This is a chance to mend the gap and put information in the hands of the people that need it. The application is mostly intended to be used by families of children affected by rare diseases and will keep track of symptoms and their manifestations over time as well as basic changes in the patient over time to do with weight, height, and head circumference.

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2014 Bunshaft Lecture: Adam Denenberg of the The Huffington Post

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Find Your Success Story: What I wish I knew when I graduated

So, who is Adam Denenberg, other than an alum? It turns out Adam’s done a lot of work since his time at UAlbany. His talk at UAlbany’s annual Bunshaft Lecture will give a reflection of that –

Looking back on his journey from UAlbany, where he studied Computer Science and Physics, to his current position as VP Engineering at The Huffington Post, Adam Denenberg ’98 shares some of the secrets he learned along the way on becoming a successful engineering leader. Denenberg worked as VP Technology at ROO Media and SVP Technology, Collaborations and Multimedia at Thomson Reuters. Winner of Mashable’s Most Innovative Media Platform in 2012, a CODY award in 2008 and an Adobe Max award in 2009, Adam assembled a team, built, and successfully launched a whole new platform for Huffington Post Live. 

Come by, Thursday, April 17th, starting at 10:15 am at the Campus Center, Assembly Hall, at the Uptown Campus.

After Adam’s lecture, it will be followed at 11:15 by a networking session and reception.

RSVP
(518) 442-5373 or email events@albany.edu

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Established through the generosity of Albert Bunshaft ’80 and Caryn Bunshaft ’82, The Bunshaft Endowment in the College of Computing and Information provides support for this lecture, which was designed to provide information to the student community about a broad range of topics related to careers in computing science.

Open Source Festival Workshops — ASIS&T

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UAlbany’s Student Chapter of ASIS&T Presents
Open Source Festival Workshops

openstack-cloudWorkshop 1: Getting Started With the OpenStack Cloud

Where: BB0209

When: Friday March 28, 2014; 9 am – 12 pm

Workshop Overview:

OpenStack continues to grow exponentially as the de facto standard for open source Cloud platforms.  But how can someone quickly get started with learning this exciting new technology?  This workshop will walk participants through an overview of the OpenStack components and offer practical suggestions and resources for learning OpenStack.  Then to demonstrate the capabilities of OpenStack, we will guide participants through the OpenStack portal and give everyone an opportunity to launch cloud computing resources from their own laptop.

Workshop Leaders:

Kenneth Hui is a Cloud Architect/Evangelist with Rackspace focused on the Rackspace Private Cloud .  His passion is to help IT become partners to their internal and external customers. The tools he work with to accomplish this include Hybrid Cloud Computing and Automation. His responsibilities at Rackspace include helping to drive adoption of OpenStack as the Cloud Platform of choice. Ken blogs about Cloud Computing, OpenStack, and VMware athttp://cloudarchitectmusings.com and athttp://www.rackspace.com/blog. He also speaks regularly at conferences and user group meetups. You can follow Ken on Twitter @hui_kenneth.

Matt Dorn is a Cloud Technology Instructor with Rackspace focused on helping IT teams around the world build private clouds with OpenStack.  He understands that many feel a great deal of intimidation when approaching open source projects and is fanatical about providing an easy to understand learning path that makes OpenStack accessible and fun.  His experience includes being apart of a 4-person hosting startup in Philadelphia to a leadership position for Dell’s Cloud Services team.  Matt blogs about OpenStack athttp://www.madorn.com.

Workshop 2: Creating VistA Extensions – Open Source in Healthcarevista extensions

Where: SLG20

When: Friday March 28, 2014; 1 pm – 4 pm

Workshop Overview:

Healthcare consumes 18% of GDP in the US, while the nation ranks 28th in measures of healthcare quality. Less than 50% of hospitals in the US currently use computer systems to manage patient information: electronic health records (EHR). In the meantime, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have developed and used for more than four decades: VistA the most advanced EHR system worldwide. VistA is considered one of the main reasons why the VA provides the highest quality of healthcare in the US, at much lower cost than any of the public and private sector providers.  In this workshop, VistA experts from DSS Inc will introduce attendees to some of the basic concepts in VistA, and to the development of extensions for its interface CPRS. No background on VistA is required to participate. Attendees will be introduced to all basic concepts during the workshop.

Workshop Leaders:

Kevin Wright is Software Engineer at DSS Inc., where he provides leadership and expertise on the development of CPRS extensions for VistA. Kevin is currently developing extension to CPRS, that will support the deployment of VistA at the clinical centers of the New York State (NYS) Office of Mental Health (OMH).

Fabian Lopez is Program Manager at DSS Inc., and one of the strongest promoters of the open source community around VistA. Fabian leads the activities of the vxVistA Hub, where regular webinars are published on topics related to VistA, its use and its development.

Luis Ibanez is Director of Open Source Community Development at OSEHRA, the organization that promotes the open source electronic health records community around VistA. Contact him at libanez@albany.edu for more information.

GHC: Poster Presentations and Grants — Submit!

Tina Pratt of the Anita Borg Institute is inviting you to not only attend the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing, but to present a poster as well. Can’t afford to attend, but find your interest piqued anyhow? Read on: there’s the possibility to attend for free.

The mission of the Anita Borg Institute (anitaborg.org) is connecting, inspiring, and guiding women in computing with each other and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative.

By attending the Grace Hopper Celebration (gracehopper.org) for Women in Computing (GHC), students have the opportunity to Grace_Hopperconnect with resources that can help them find jobs, internships, and academic programs in computing.

So why might you want to submit a poster presentation?

Students can present their work to other women in the field and expand their network of potential collaborators. They may also inspire future research ideas.

Submit to present at the poster session @ http://gracehopper.org/call-for-participation/ 

Submission Deadline: March 14, 2014

GHC Scholarship Grant recipients will gain visibility and be connected with leading technical organizations who are grant sponsors. Grants cover registration, meals, and lodging expenses for attending. It also includes a reimbursable travel award. Undergraduate, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty are encouraged to apply. Faculty grants cover conference registration only.

Learn more and apply @ http://anitaborg.org/awards-grants/ghc-scholarship-grants/ 

Application Deadline: April 16, 2014

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Stuff that Matters — Open Source in Healthcare

6127243966_0de6283cd8_o-2INF 496 — Special Topics Course in Informatics, (class#0010)

Open Source in Healthcare: Stuff that Matters

This class is a 1 credit 8 week course, starting 3/13/2014 and occurring on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 2:45-4:05pm in Business Administration 222.

This course will focus on current open source trends in Healthcare. Specifically students will be introduced to VistA, which is the most comprehensive Electronic Health Records (EHR) system in the world, and related concepts.

Why should you care about that? Because there is an increase in the demand for people who are familiar with these concepts. This is real and relevant training for a future position in Healthcare.

The US spends 18% of its GDP in Healthcare. This is close to 2.8 Trillion dollars a year, making of healthcare one of the largest activity sectors in the economy. Until 2004 less than 20% of the 5,700 hospitals in the US were using computerized medical records. The large majority of institutions were keeping medical records on physical paper. After $20 billion of stimulus funding provided by the Federal government, the proportion of adoption has now increased to close 50%.

In this class, we will introduce VistA, the most comprehensive Electronic Health Records (EHR) system in the world. VistA was developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and it is freely available as open source software. VistA is deployed universally across the VA at more than 1,500 sites of care, including 153 hospitals, 765 outpatient clinics and nearly 300 VA Vet Centers. It serves 7.84 million patients.

VistA is written in MUMPS, a language with a built-in NoSQL database that used by the largest EHR systems, both proprietary and open source ones. VistA is currently being deployed in State hospitals in New York and North Carolina, as well as private hospitals in California and Tennessee. It is also being considered for deployment in the UK.

In this class we will cover basic MUMPS programming, principles of electronic health records systems, basic VistA management, and modern web-based interfaces to VistA suitable for mobile devices. No preliminary knowledge of VistA or MUMPS is required.

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5th ASIS&T Hackathon for Rare Diseases

ASIS&T is once again hosting a Hackathon for Rare Diseases, on Saturday, February 22nd. Here’s a ReCap:
Have you or someone you’ve known been affected by a rare disease? You may know the difficulty in getting information as well as diagnoses; WebMD only goes so far. Well, this is your chance to help remedy the situation—you could help design an app.

Here is your chance to create and implement a prototype of a web-based application to track symptoms and vitals of patients affected by rare diseases. With about 7,000 rare disease known, patients and families affected by these diseases struggle with the paucity of information available to them about their afflictions. On average, it takes 7.5 years to get a correct diagnosis for a rare disease, and 8 doctors. This is a chance to mend the gap and put information in the hands of the people that need it. The application is mostly intended to be used by families of children affected by rare diseases and will keep track of symptoms and their manifestations over time as well as basic changes in the patient over time to do with weight, height, and head circumference.

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Image by Clair Topalian {link to http://blog.up.co/2012/11/05/why-startup-weekend-is-not-a-hackathon/}

Project Details:

Initial design notes:
The application is hosted in Github, and is distributed under the Apache 2.0 License.
Organizers:
All and everyone interested in learning more about Open Source and how it can support applications that empower patients and their families to address the challenges of rare diseases.
We will be working on a web-based application, for which not only database and web developers are needed, but we will also need participants with sense of design and most importantly willingness to help.
Mentors will include: Kitware developers, SUNY Albany Faculty, SUNY Albany Students, ASIS&T Student Chapter, RPI Students from the Rensselaer Center for Open Source, Skidmore College GIS Center for Interdisciplinary Research staff/students.
Ed Fennell Talk on YouTube at RCOS:

This time it will be Saturday, February 22, 2014, 10AM – 5PM, and will be held at Zone 5, 25 Monroe St. #300 Albany, NY.  *There will be Pizza & Coffee*

 
Please register for this event through link provided below:
 
For more information, please contact:
ASIS&T Officers: ualbanyasist@gmail.com
Luis Ibanez: libanez@albany.edu
Make a difference in the way patients and their families can access information about rare diseases. This is your chance.