by Andrea Judy
ATLANTA - At the 2015 annual Health IT Leadership Summit held in Atlanta, GA, a team of computer information systems students from Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business won the "University Innovation Award and HIT Hack Challenge."
The team, made up of students Mansi Dholakia, Atman Dhol, Bhairavi Bhagat, and Debasish Kaushik competed against teams representing universities from across Georgia. Phyllis Parker, executive director of the Center for Health Information Technology, and Aaron Baird, assistant professor of Health Administration, served as faculty advisers.
Hackathons are a popular event where programmers collaborate to solve an issue with technology. For the HIT Hack Challenge, students had to develop demos of initial prototypes, ideas, designs or models to solve real healthcare IT problems in the areas of connected healthcare, personal healthcare records, and patient engagement.
In their project, the Robinson hackathon team members created interactive software that would assist visually impaired individuals with daily activities such as ensuring a correct dose of medicine is taken. They aimed to create a cost effective tool that would be affordable for the average person. The team's project planned to utilize barcodes and quick response (QR) codes and required nothing more than a camera or smartphone to use.
Team member Atman Dhol has won three hackathons, including the HIT Summit and Georgia State University CEO Hacks, and he has been selected as a national finalist in the Java Coding Competition conducted by State Farm.
The largest business school in the South and part of a major research institution, Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business has 200 faculty, 8,000 students and 75,000 alumni. With programs on five continents and students from 88 countries, the college is world-class and worldwide. Its part-time MBA is ranked among the best by the Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News & World Report, and its Executive MBA is on the Financial Times list of the world's premier programs. Located in Atlanta, the Robinson College and Georgia State have produced more of Georgia's top executives with graduate degrees than any other school in the Southeast.