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Fall 2016 Update: Healthcare, Museum, and Platform Independent Apps

Posted by shankar December - 5 - 2016 - Monday

Engineering undergraduates from computer engineering, computer science, and electrical engineering worked in teams during spring 2016 to develop healthcare apps that integrated one of the following with Android Apps: e-health shield based biosensors, augmented reality, or interface to WorldVista EMR. The apps can be found here: https://github.com/HealthCareApps . The teams also had student partners from nursing and digital multi-media. Dr. Teresa Sakraida, Associate Professor, Nursing, and Prof. Francis McAfee, Associate Professor, School of Communications and Multi-Media offered concurrent courses to their students and had their students collaborate with engineering students in developing these healthcare apps. During Summer 2016, the second group of high school students from Broward County worked in groups of 3 to realize their museum exhibit apps conceptualized during their 9 month internship at the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS), Ft. Lauderdale, FL. MODS recruited top students in Broward county with a grant from the United Way. These apps can be found here: https://github.com/MODS16Apps . During Fall 2016, we moved to develop a flow that would unite app development for both Android and iPhone, which can also benefit other mobile operating systems. This is based on JavaScript for both client and server side, and allows browser-based launch of apps. Thus, it becomes platform independent. We used a very well-written book (“Building Cross-Platform Mobile and Web Apps for Engineers and Scientists” by Pawan Lingras) in this course. Our healthcare apps can be found here: https://github.com/FAUMobileWeb. During Spring 2017, a graduate course is being offered that integrates this platform independent app development with content search on the web for semantically marked up healthcare data, to make the apps more useful and relevant. There is a good framework based on UMLS (Unified Medical Language System) that will be integrated.

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