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UTHealth: Student Wins Third Place at AMIA Student Design Challenge

University of Texas Health Science Center at School of Public Health doctoral student Mr. Cong Zhu took home third place in the Student Design Challenge (SDC) at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 2019 Annual Symposium. Mr. Zhu presented on “A Multidimensional Approach of Improving the Current Acute Kidney Injury Clinical Decision Support System.”

Mr. Zhu’s research on kidney disease and recognition of real-world implications of his findings encouraged the pair to compete with this topic. “Current mainstream CDSS often overlooks the importance of delivering a prompt diagnosis and intervention of AKI that is associated with significant morbidity and mortality rates among ICU and ER patients,” explains Mr. Zhu, “the development of an efficient AKI alert being integrated with CDSS thus could significantly save substantial socioeconomic burden for thousands of patient per year.”

Mr. Zhu’s current research focus is on applying machine learning and statistical modeling techniques to study the risk of side effects induced by cancer treatment (e.g. radiotherapy) and its association with cancer patients’ overall survivorship. “I’m hoping that my research provides insight for the comprehensive evaluation of cancer treatment plans and benefits the clinical practice in the real life,” he explains,” In addition, I’m excited about integrating evolving state-of-art analytical methods with traditional epidemiological approach.”

The SDC calls on undergraduate and graduate students and trainees in biomedical informatics and related fields to envision new ways of providing clinicians and patients with intelligent decision support that augments their reasoning and decision making and aligns with existing work practices.

Read more about the SDC.

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