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    MTU to Receive $18.5M to Expand Infectious Disease Research

    Michigan Tech will receive $4.3 million to help the state of Michigan expand sequencing for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced that MTU is one of four Michigan universities receiving $18.5 million in federal funds over the next two years to collect and analyze genomic data to address emerging infectious disease threats and enhance the state’s ability to respond to those threats.

    With Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University, Tech will use the funding to increase sequencing capacity in the state — starting with SARS-CoV-2 and then expanding to other infectious disease threats with potential for broad community spread.

    Michigan Tech’s research team includes co-principal investigators Caryn Heldt (ChE/HRI), Dukka KC (CS) and Hairong Wei (CFRES/ICC-BDH, DataS), and senior researchers Kristin Brzeski (CFRES), Guy Hembroff (AC-BDH, CyberS), Kelly Kamm (KIP), Stephen Techtmann (BioSci) and Kui Zhang (Math/ICC-BDH).

    Read more at mtu.edu/news.


    Biocomputing and Digital Health Research Group to Host Lecture Series


    The ICC’s Joint Center for Biocomputing and Digital Health will present a Monday afternoon lecture series beginning October 25, 2021, with a talk from Dr. Traci Yu (BME) who will present, “Optimization of Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy: Application of Neural Computing.” The lecture will take place in Rekhi Hall, Room 214.


    Guy Hembroff Presents Invited Talk at HIMSS Meeting

    On May 18, 2021, Dr. Guy Hembroff, Applied Computing, presented an invited talk at a meeting of Michigan’s Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Dr. Hembroff discussed his work developing a trusted framework architecture designed to improve population health management and patient engagement.

    The talk demonstrated his team’s work in the development of accurate geo-tagged pandemic prediction algorithms, which are used to help coordinate medical supply chains to care for patients most vulnerable to COVID-19, an innovation that can be extended to help improve general population health management.

    The framework of the pandemic prediction architecture, which aggregates longitudinal patient health data, including patient generated health data and social determinants of health, is a holistic and secure mHealth community model. The model can help Michigan residents overcome significant barriers in healthcare, while providing healthcare agencies with improved and coordinated population management and pandemic prediction.

    The architecture’s machine learning algorithms strategically connect residents to community resources, providing customized health education aimed to increase the health literacy, empowerment and self-management of patients. The security of the architecture includes development of unique health identifiers and touch-less biometrics capable of large-scale identity management.

    Dr. Guy Hembroff is an associate professor in the Applied Computing department of the Michigan Tech College of Computing, and director of the Health Informatics graduate program. His areas of expertise are network engineering, medical/health informatics, biometric development, intelligent medical devices, data analytics, and cybersecurity.

    The event was sponsored by HIMSS and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM).

    A mission-driven non-profit, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Inc. (HIMSS) is a global advisor and thought leader supporting the transformation of the health ecosystem through information and technology, according to the organization’s website.


    Guy Hembroff Presents Talk to Digital Health Startups


    Dr. Guy Hembroff presented a talk to representatives of a number of digital health startup companies May 20, 2021, as part of an event hosted by the the HealthSpark program of 20 Fathoms, an entrepreneurial-focused member organization in Traverse City, Michigan.

    The startup companies, in many U.S. locations, are being mentored by 20 Fathoms members.

    Dr. Hembroff is an Associate Professor of Applied Computing and director of the Health Informatics Master of Science degree program at Michigan Tech.


    Dr. Hembroff’s talk, “Cybersecurity and Privacy + X: Best Practices for Health Startups,” was designed to help startup companies gain awareness of and plan strategically for the cybersecurity and privacy elements of their company, affiliations with vendors, and the rights and protections of consumers.

    Talk topics included an overview of data security and privacy, web security, scams and fraud detection and protection, mobile device security, network security, incident response, digital health data integration and interoperability, and protection from ransomware attacks.


    The HealthSpark program is Traverse City’s digital health accelerator. The organization advances innovation and facilitates solutions that will resolve today’s challenges in rural healthcare. A community-focused initiative, HealthSpark work sto bring world-class healthcare solutions to rural patients through the advancement of digital technology.

    20Fathoms is a membership organization for entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, tech professionals, creatives, and other innovators in the the Traverse City, Michigan, region.

    Led by a team of experts who have walked-the-walk, we provide services, resources, support, and a robust network to help our members accelerate both their careers and businesses, according to the 20Fathoms website.


    Health Informatics Online Master’s Degree Ranked #6


    The Michigan Tech Master’s in Health Informatics program has been ranked 6th on the list, ” Top 10 Online Master’s In Healthcare Informatics Programs 2021,” published recently by BestOnlineSchools.org. The Michigan Tech Health Informatics MS program is the only university in Michigan to appear on the top ten list.

    The Michigan Tech Master of Science in Health Informatics prepares students for careers as data and information professionals in clinical and medical fields.

    In the flexible, 30-credit program, which can be completed entirely online, graduate students choose courses from areas such as artificial intelligence in healthcare, cybersecurity and privacy, clinical decision modeling, and big data analytics to earn a M.S. of Health Informatics degree. Students will also earn graduate certificates in the specialized and growing areas of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare and Security and Privacy in Healthcare through this coursework.


    View the TheBestSchools.org ranking here.



    Hoda Hatoum Presents Talk at ACC.21

    Assistant professor Hoda Hatoum (BioMed) gave a talk titled “Novel Predictive Model for Leaflet Thrombosis in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement” as part of the Young Investigator Awards: Basic and Translational Science competition at the virtual American College of Cardiology 70th annual Scientific Session & Expo (ACC.21).

    Hatoum also presented two posters on TAVR performance and co-authored a third on pressure recovery at the ACC.21 conference, which was held May 15-17 and featured more than 200 sessions across 11 learning pathways featuring late-breaking science, practice-changing research and cutting-edge education.