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USC Upstate Students To Showcase Emerging Technologies In Healthcare

04- 09- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - The Department of Informatics at the University of South Carolina Upstate is sponsoring an Emerging Technologies in Healthcare Conference on Friday, April 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on the Spartanburg Campus in the Health Education Complex, Room 2039.  Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center, QS/1, and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System are co-sponsoring the conference.

The conference will highlight and preview 15 new technologies, all researched and business case developed by graduating seniors in the information management program at USC Upstate.

“Each of these technologies are either in use or in prototype, but are not necessarily widely-known, and could realize a dramatic return on investment helping healthcare chief information officers (CIOs) create significant value for their organizations,” said Dr. Ron Fulbright, chair of the Department of Informatics at USC Upstate.

All presentations will be accompanied by video demonstrations of the technology in use in prototype healthcare facilities. Additionally, the presentations will be accompanied by a business case analysis that shows the return on investment for each particular technology.

Grace Byrd, a student from Boiling Springs, will present three technologies: Intergy by Sage, Version 4.0; GE Centricity PACS; and CereTom. Matt Ellis, a student from Pacolet, will present Davinci. Cuong Hoang, a student from Rock Hill, will present LIFTAEM. Alisha Lyles, a student from Greenville, will present two technologies: Remote Telepresence Robots and At Home Monitoring System. Ginnie McCrackin, a student from Pickens, will present two technologies: Deep Breeze VRIxp and Vein Viewer. Thomas Shovlin, a student from Merritt Island, FL, will present three technologies: Microsoft Surface; Vista Office HER; and Veriscan. Jessica Sluss, a student from Honaker, VA, will present Google Trends for Health Care. Tanisha Thames, a student from Boiling Springs, will present Cisco TelePresence.

Informatics is the study of information, information technology, and information processing, including the social impacts of information technology in a particular domain.

A degree in informatics prepares students to be analysts, problem solvers, managers, and user advocates in the information technology field.

“Every company has information processing needs and the majority of jobs today within a company depend on processing information in some way,” said Fulbright. “Most of those jobs process information with the help of information technology, particularly computers. So every department of every company could benefit by hiring an IMS major. This gives us a very large potential job market to graduate students into. To date, nearly 100% of our graduates find employment upon graduation.”

The Emerging Technologies in Healthcare Conference will be attended by Chief Information Officers and other healthcare administrators. The cost to attend is $195 per person.  However, the fee is waived for the first 10 high school students who call to inquire about pursuing a degree in informatics at USC Upstate.  For more information or to register for the conference, contact Donna Sandor at (864) 503-5432 or