Tag Archives: apps

Level up: Video games inspire new ‘living textbook’ for computational sciences

By | January 29, 2021

A new way of delivering course materials in the computational sciences aims to elevate the study experience from consuming static text and media to a conversation between the learner and the material. Called Mynerva, the cloud-based interactive textbook platform developed at U-M enables instructors to build their materials into video game-like journeys that unfold as the learner progresses.

U-M rolls out updated ResponsiBLUE app

By | January 20, 2021

The ResponsiBLUE application has been updated and expanded for the winter 2021 semester. U-M first launched ResponsiBLUE during the fall 2020 semester to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, aid in circulating public health knowledge, and ensure student safety. University Information and Technology Services developed ResponsiBLUE in partnership with the university leadership and the Office of Research. The app, which… Read More »

ResponsiBLUE Guest required for all university visitors

By | December 15, 2020

Information and Technology Services (ITS) has been overseeing the technical aspects of U-M’s recent effort to implement the guest version of ResponsiBLUE, the health-screening tool developed to help keep the university healthy and reduce the spread of COVID-19. The State of Michigan now requires all visitors, contractors and vendors through April 14, 2021, to complete a preliminary health… Read More »

Dearborn prof’s wearable technology improves at-home physical therapy

By | November 19, 2020

Samir Rawashdeh, UM-Dearborn assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and a colleague have developed RehabBuddy, a physical therapy system that employs a wearable sensor that records a “map” of the correct movement of exercises. The RehabBuddy system starts with an in-person visit to a physical therapist. The patient wears a small sensor that records a “map” of… Read More »

HITS deploys high reliability app delivery through MCloud

By | October 23, 2020

The Academic IT DevOps team from Health Information Technology & Services (HITS) recently deployed their first containerized vendor applications to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) through MCloud. By the end of December 2020, it will be supporting thousands of users and over 500 departmental solutions, including Jenkins, GitLab, Michigan Medicine HR Service Desk, and the Data Office Service Desk. These applications… Read More »

High school teacher uses U-M developed role playing simulation tool to keep students engaged

By | September 16, 2020

New York-based high school teacher Sean Swider knew he had to develop a creative project to keep his advanced history students engaged, especially after a transition to remote learning. Swider then discovered the U-M role-playing simulation tool ViewPoint and decided to simulate an oil spill disaster. Modeled after the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska, Swider created the… Read More »

U-M launches COVID-19 screening tool

By | September 2, 2020

The University of Michigan recently launched the accessible, mobile-friendly website ResponsiBLUE (responsiblue.umich.edu) to help keep university community members healthy and reduce the spread of COVID-19. A downloadable mobile app for both Android and Apple platforms is in development and will be available soon. All faculty, staff and students entering U-M buildings are required to use ResponsiBLUE to meet… Read More »

Online court tool that reduces disparities, virus spread wins annual U-M innovation award

By | September 1, 2020

For developing technology that’s helping to democratize the justice system while decreasing the spread of COVID-19, U-M law professor J.J. Prescott has earned this year’s Distinguished University Innovator Award. Prescott launched the U-M Online Court Project years ago to design and build technology to help people resolve minor disputes with the government and courts online and without the… Read More »

Michigan Medicine introduces touchless check-in experience

By | August 28, 2020

Michigan Medicine is constantly looking for ways to improve the patient experience, even during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. One way the organization is doing just that is by optimizing eCheck-in and introducing mobile arrival, touchless processes that allow patients to skip the line when they arrive for an appointment. The changes launched on August 26. Prior to an… Read More »

New app calculates risk of delaying cancer care during pandemic

By | June 3, 2020

A new app, OncCOVID, has been developed by data scientists and cancer doctors from the U-M Rogel Cancer Center and the U-M School of Public Health.  The free app compares the long-term risks of delaying care for cancer patients to the additional risk of potential COVID-19 infection if they undergo surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation immediately.  With healthcare systems… Read More »

Web app, dashboard from U-M to inform Michiganders’ return to work

By | June 1, 2020

The web tools will help state officials identify potential hotspots as they reopen Michigan to business. University of Michigan faculty, staff, alumni, and students have developed online tools designed to help local and state officials reopen the economy safely and gradually while allowing them to quickly identify and respond to potential coronavirus hot spots and outbreaks. The tools… Read More »

Watch: How predictive modeling could help us reopen more safely

By | May 14, 2020

Increasingly specific social distancing questions are weighing on states and municipalities as they inch toward relaxing COVID-19 restrictions. Now, a team of computer science and medical researchers based at U-M is working on a tool that could provide more precise answers. The team is mashing up census data, virus transmission rates, and decades of social science research to… Read More »

Tech Tip: Private search engines

This month, I am sharing a few internet search services that focus on privacy. Yes, Google is a great way to find information on the internet. However, there are quite a few alternatives available that may produce similar/better results, do not store user data, provide identical results for all users (not personalized), and do not track you as… Read More »

App to provide anonymous support network for U-M students

By | April 10, 2020

A new app called kare is an anonymous wellness support platform recently launched by U-M students for college students. According to business junior Bennett Hilkert, chief executive officer and a co-founder of kare, the apps tagline (“because sometimes we don’t feel our best”) outlines the purpose of the company: to help connect students via an anonymous peer-to-peer support… Read More »

Tech Tip: Temporary software upgrades

This month, I am sharing information on some providers that have extended their services and are offering free upgrades to help users being impacted by COVID-19. As you know, each day is different and companies are doing their best to keep up with demand. This list only covers some services that I am currently aware of, so keep… Read More »

U-M enters agreement to become Adobe Creative campus

The university recently entered into an agreement with Adobe that provides all faculty, staff and students on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses and at Michigan Medicine with access to Adobe Creative Cloud apps. The agreement advances an ITS initiative that is based on a desire to build partnerships that would benefit the entire university community. Previously,… Read More »

Big Data advances research, but it shouldn’t do so at the cost of privacy

By | March 5, 2020

It might seem pretty safe to add an app that promises to help take control of your health. But doctors who appreciate the research potential of incorporating big data into medical care are also warning about the need to manage the risk of exposing such health data while it’s still possible to do so. “Some health data shared… Read More »