The Health IT Beat Episode 1: HomeSense

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Florida’s largest retirement community, known as The Villages, is growing at an incredible rate. As more than 10,000 people turn 65 each day in the United States, providing care for the booming senior population is becoming a greater challenge than ever before.

Efforts to make care more efficient and effective have increased in recent years with the arrival of health informatics and the application of analytics. Stepping to the forefront with a project that combines these disciplines are two University of South Florida professors, Dr. Ali Yalcin and Dr. Carla Vandeweerd, both of the USF College of Engineering.

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Yalcin teaches courses in the College of Engineering as well as the healthcare analytics course titled “Healthcare Data Mining and Predictive Analytics.” Vandeweerd, also of the College of Engineering, also works as the Director of Research for The Villages Health Unit and is an expert in aging, dementia and other factors related to senior living.

They have collaborated to create HomeSense, a product designed to alter the way caregivers see the way patients live in their homes. But no spoilers, you’ll have to listen to find out how it works.

Still have questions? Catch Dr. Yalcin and Dr. Vandeweerd speaking at this year’s HIMSS19 conference! The pair will conduct a 20 minute Lightning Session on Tuesday February 12 at 10:15 a.m. Stay tuned for more details.

USF Health Online offers both master’s degrees and graduate certificates in health informatics as well as a concentration in healthcare analytics.

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