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Facebook-like Approach for Sick Babies Wins IT Challenge

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A human infant sleeps in his incubator at a neonatal intensive care unit. [Photo by Chris Horry/Wikipedia]
The winning entry in the “Innovate 4 Healthcare Challenge” employs a social network approach similar to Facebook to help improve parents’ engagement in the care of sick babies.

The entry, dubbed “NeoStream,” was created by students in the Biomedical Informatics Department at the Stanford University School of Medicine to streamline communication between parents of critically ill children and the caregivers in neonatal intensive care units.

The Challenge is based on “radically improving healthcare through new processes that are enabled by innovative information technology applications and supported by a sustainable market strategy.”

The solutions were creative and most importantly, they were derived from multi-disciplinary viewpoints ranging from business and engineering to public health and medicine.”

— Kenyon Crowley, Director of Health Innovation at the UMD Center of Excellence in Health IT Research, and the competition’s director

The competition, which culminated in April, drew solutions from schools and programs across the country and overseas.

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Learn more at http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/news/stories/2012/Innovate4Healthcare.aspx

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Online Social Media May Help to Predict and Track Diseases

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A paper written by computer scientists at the University of Rochester explains how researchers were able to use the locations of a person’s friends to establish – with 85 percent accuracy – that person’s location within an approximately 330-foot radius. The research team now plans to put their findings to work predicting and tracking how communicable diseases are spread.

It’s harder than most people think it is to protect our privacy online, but there are ways to use this new reality for good.”

— Henry Kautz, chairman of the Department of Computer Science

The authors of the paper, entitled “Finding Your Friends and Following Them to Where You Are,” also report that even with a private Twitter profile, it was possible to correctly predict the user’s Twitter friendships as much as 90 percent of the time.

Get the details at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-03/uor-fyf030612.php

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New Online Social Network Supports Adherents of Interactive Teaching

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The "flipped classroom" teaching model is gaining an online following thanks to a new social networking site for educators.

The Peer Instruction (PI) Network (www.peerinstruction.net), which was recently launched by Harvard University, is a worldwide social hub for educators who use – or are interested in using – interactive teaching methods. The site, which was “designed to improve student engagement and success,” was developed by Eric Mazur, Area Dean for Applied Physics and Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).

“We are amazed by the response to the initial launch of the Peer Instruction Network. By connecting people who use interactive teaching methods, we hope to cultivate a community of practice that will have a global effect on educational change.”

— Eric Mazur, Area Dean for Applied Physics and Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Already, nearly 2,000 educators are participating in PI worldwide, sharing their experiences, submitting questions, and engaging with other PI users. Some of the countries currently represented by PI members include Ethiopia, Israel, Singapore, Vietnam, Finland, Germany, Greece, South Africa, and the United States.

Learn more at www.seas.harvard.edu/news-events/press-releases/peer-instruction

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Researchers Test Social Media’s Potential Effect on Political Decisions

Researchers are developing sophisticated artificial intelligence tools that could automatically aggregate and analyze the large amounts of information being generated by social networks. The 9.1 million Euro FUPOL project “aims to provide a completely new approach to traditional politics.” It is being implemented by a group of 17 partners, who hope their work will help to improve the planning and realization of social policies.

“The processing of information made available by social networks will change the way in which politicians communicate with the people and their decision-making processes. The project will contribute to the sustainable development of cities and will lower the barrier between citizens and politicians.”

— Miguel Mújica, researcher, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB)

The project partners include members of “Major Cities of Europe” (MCE) along with the city of Yantai, in the Shandong Province of the People’s Republic of China. Initial areas of focus for the research include urban planning, land use, sustainable development, migration, and urban segregation.

Learn more at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-01/uadb-nsd011212.php

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