TU Showcases Innovative Healthcare Research

By Kyle Hobstetter on April 5, 2018

Public Health and Healthcare Informatics Showcase aims to build partnerships, improve clinical care and public health in Maryland

Peter J. Lisman, Ph.D., presents his research during the Towson University Public Health and Health Informatics Showcase. Lisman, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, was one of several TU faculty to demonstrate their research during the event.
Peter J. Lisman, Ph.D., presents his research during the Towson University Public Health and Health Informatics Showcase. Lisman, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, was one of several TU faculty to demonstrate their research during the event.

As president and CEO of the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, Thomas Smyth, M.D. sees a lot of possibilities for collaboration with Towson University.

That’s why he was excited to be the keynote speaker at TU’s Public Health and Healthcare Informatics Showcase on Wednesday, April 4, in the Minnegan Room at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

While he was developing his presentation, Smyth admitted he couldn’t help but realize the powerful potential between the medical center and the university next door.

“I think that there is just huge potential here,” Smyth said. “One is training the workforce of the future, and the other is using the workforce of the present to try and understand how to transform into a health care workplace of the future. The collaboration possibilities are really powerful.”

TU may be the largest provider of health care professionals in Maryland, but its clinical research, medical device development and health informatics projects are varied and impressive. The university wanted to focus attention on innovative research and discovery in the College of Health Professions and the School of Emerging Technologies in the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics.

So the School of Emerging Technologies and the Special Interest Group in Public Health and Health Informatics partnered to host the Public Health and Health Informatics Showcase.

With community healthcare partners in attendance, TU faculty and graduate students  provided demonstrations highlighting their research. TU leaders hope the showcase will help to build collaborative partnerships that improve clinical care and public health for Maryland’s citizens.

“We’re the largest university in Greater Baltimore, so we feel a great commitment to be an anchor institution for this state and this region,” said Towson University President Kim Schatzel.  She pointed to the showcase as an important part of a series of events and initiatives intended to better engage the university with the Greater Maryland community.

Along with faculty and students, TU administrators highlighted applied research and teaching opportunities for healthcare partners to create a sustained pipeline of students into the workforce.

Dr. Smyth has had personal experience with TU students. In fact, the day before the showcase he encountered a TU nursing student in the St. Joseph cafeteria. It was her first day on the job, and he couldn’t help but be encouraged by her excitement.

“She said, ‘Wow, this is where I’m going to spend my life.’ Think about that collaboration—it’s tremendous.”

This story is one of several related to President Kim Schatzel's priorities for Towson University:  BTU: Partnerships at Work for Greater Baltimore, TU Matters to Maryland

Public Health and Healthcare Informatics Showcase Demonstrations

Applied Information Technology M.S.

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ARMStrokes

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  • Sonia Lawson, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, Occupational Therapy & Occupational Science
  • Ziying Katherine Tang, Ph.D., Computer and Information Sciences
  • Jinjuan Heidi Feng, Ph.D., Computer and Information Sciences
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  • Paul M. Evitts, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology & Deaf Studies
  • Devon A. Dobrosielski, Ph.D., Kinesiology
  • Dalton Nichols, B.S., Kinesiology
  • Kailyn Asbury, M.S., CCC-SLP, Kinesiology
  • Taylor Westhoff M.S., CCC-SLP, Kinesiology
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Computer Forensics Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

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Health Information Technology Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

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Integrating an Evidence-Based Intervention in a Smartphone App to Enhance Surgical Safety—World Health Organization’s Safe Surgery Checklist

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The Impact of Learning Environment on Knowledge Outcomes and Student Satisfaction in Sleep Medicine Education

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Longitudinal Aging Study at Towson [LAST]

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Mobile Health Application for Clinicians to Enhance Clinical Decision-Making at the Point of Care
Project yCAT:Young Children’s Assistive Technology

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  • Amanda C Jozkowski, Ph.D, OTR/L, Occupational Therapy & Occupational Science
  • Ziying Katherine Tang, Ph.D, Computer & Information Sciences
  • Jinjuan Heidi Feng, Ph.D, Computer & Information Sciences
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Sleep Apnea, cardioVascular and Exercise (SAVE) Study

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  • Devon Dobrosielski, Ph.D, Kinesiology
  • Susheel Patil, M.D., Ph.D, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Hyunjeong Park, Ph.D, MPH, MSN, ANP, RN, Department of Nursing
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Standard-based Connected Personal Healthcare Framework

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Understanding University Students’ Exercise FIT Values with Wearable Exercise Tracking Technology
Use of a Markerless Motion-Capture System to Assess Lower Extremity Biomechanics in Collegiate Athletes: Injury Prediction and Clinical Implications