The University of Louisiana at Lafayette presents the Cajun CodeFest 3.0. This innovative festival will open at 5:30 p.m. on April 23, and will continue until April 25, 2014. The University's Research Park, on Cajundome Blvd, will host CajunCodeFest 3.0. This is a healthcare software solutions competition. Students and professionals from software developers, architects, health care professionals, business strategists, etc. are invited to join teams and work together to find innovative solutions related to healthcare. The theme for this year is "Aging in Place". There will be cash prizes offered to those who compete, and CajunCodeFest has partnered with the Louisiana chapter of HIMSS to host their spring conference with top leaders in health!

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UL Lafayette's CajunCodeFest 3.0 to center on 'Aging in Place'

Updated: Feb 04, 2014 12:44 PM CST
By Devin Bayliss - email

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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is seeking innovative thinkers and programmers to take part in CajunCodeFest 3.0.

Undergraduate and graduate students, programmers, software developers, designers and engineers, educators, healthcare professionals, marketing and business strategists, and entrepreneurs are invited to participate.

This is the third consecutive year that the University's Center for Business and Information Technology will hold the event.

CajunCodeFest 3.0 is set for April 23-25 at the Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning in University Research Park.

It will feature a 27-hour coding competition to develop health care solutions, networking, and speakers who will discuss the latest issues in health care technology.

The theme will be "Aging in Place."

For the coding marathon, teams of no more than six members will be tasked with building new tools to create solutions for people who want to live at home as they grow older.

Individuals who want to join a team should attend a team-building session on April 23.

Cash and prizes will be awarded to winners in several categories. Last year, six winning teams earned cash and prizes valued at $52,000. That included a grand prize of $25,000.

Registration is free, but required of all participants. And, space is limited.

To register, visit www.cajuncodefest.org

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call (337) 482-0627.

- See more at: http://cbit.louisiana.edu/news-events/news/20140219/ul-lafayettes-cajuncodefest-30-center-aging-place-klfy#sthash.Q6HHLmQM.dpuf

For the third consecutive year, the code-a-thon known as CajunCodeFest (April 23-25), a signature event for the Center for Business & Information Technologies (CBIT) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette), will bring innovators together to build something meaningful.

Using any framework or platform that teams choose, they will be put to the 27-hour health care coding test aimed at developing health care solutions.

CajunCodeFest 3.0 judges will be looking for solutions that encourage individuals to “Age in Place” to maintain quality of life as patients grow older and want to live at home. A sub-theme to the event will include the “Internet of Things” (IOT), specifically how uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations can help people “Age in Place”.

Undergraduate and graduate students, programmers, software developers, designers and engineers, educators, healthcare professionals, marketing and business strategists, and entrepreneurs are invited to participate.

Currently confirmed speakers include: Bryan Sivak, Chief Technology Officer, US Health and Human Services; Kathy Kliebert, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals; and Jody Holtzman, Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership, AARP.

$25,000 will be awarded to the winning team to turn their innovative idea– whether it be an app, software, device, etc.– into reality. Best Student Team solution will also win a prize. Other prizes will be announced as the competition gets closer.

Registration is free but required and space is limited. Visit www.cajuncodefest.org to register and find out more information.

- See more at: http://cbit.louisiana.edu/news-events/news/20140219/third-consecutive-cajuncodefest-invites-innovators-health-care-coding#sthash.5YncOkDe.dpuf

UL Lafayette’s inaugural health care coding competition received an Innov8 2013 Award in the education category.

Four awards were presented Monday night at the Acadiana Center for the Arts as part of Innov8 Lafayette, an eight-day festival that showcases Lafayette’s entrepreneurial culture and economic viability.

Innov8 is an initiative of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. It began April 19 and continues through Friday.

Awards were given for the top innovations in Acadiana in four categories: nonprofit, business, education and medical.

The awards ceremony featured a short video presentation about the projects of each group.

Displays by the honorees were available for viewing before and after the ceremony in the lobby of the Acadiana Center for the Arts.

Winners of the Innov8 2013 Awards include:

• Nonprofit: Evangeline Area Boy Scouts for the Atchafalaya High Adventure Swamp Base project. The scouts will convert several acres of Atchafalaya Basin into an adventure base.


• Business: McBraun Industries for the BluDri Product Line. The home solution product absorbs residual moisture in washing machines.


• Education: UL Lafayette Center for Business Information and Technologies for Cajun Code Fest at Innov8 2012. The two-day competition focuses on transforming data into health care solutions.


• Medical: Lafayette General Medical Center for the Telemedicine Clinic at Stuller, Inc.The first telemedicine clinic in Acadiana was established in May 2012 at Stuller Inc.

For more information, visit innov8lafayette.com.

- See more at: http://cbit.louisiana.edu/news-events/news/20140219/cajuncodefest-garners-innov8-education-award#sthash.O2NkQit6.dpuf

Public Health Informatics Virtual Event presentations include an HIE simulation in Texas and a tool that tracks disease reporting using social media
The three-day Public Health Informatics Virtual Event kicked off Tuesday, Jan. 7, with a handful of interesting presentations ranging from ICD-10’s impact on public health to syndromic surveillance and meaningful use.

In the first presentation, Lucas Tramontozzi, the former chief technology officer for the State of Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals, talked about efforts under way in Louisiana to open up data to fuel the creation of innovative applications. (Tramontozzi recently took a position as vice president of data strategy for SCI Solutions.)

The Blue Button effort was an important first step, he said. But there is more work to do to put patients in the center of their care by making it more relevant, fun, and thought provoking. Public health officials alone can’t improve health, he said. Patients have to take their health into their own hands and technology is central to that effort. Louisiana has launched what it calls the Cajun Code Fest, an annual event to bring innovative companies and students together with de-identified data from the state data warehouse. With help from a company called Privacy Analytics, the state de-identified data on 200,000 Medicaid patients and 30,000 providers for more than 200 coders to work with. The winners of the 2012 event came up with an application that uses social networking to help physicians and families create a support team for medication and care plan adherence. (CajunCodeFest 3.0 will be April 23-25, 2014, at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.)

Researchers from the University of Texas described their efforts to create a health information exchange simulation laboratory, including immunization reporting. It involves software from several HIE and EHR vendors.

Leanne Field, director of public health in the Medical Laboratory Sciences and Health IT programs at UT-Austin, said the HIE lab is helping students gain familiarity with workflow processes and the familiarity would help them redesign public health informatics practices. This lab affords opportunity for public health practice, with meaningful use Stage 2 published objectives such as transferring immunization records to a registry and sending cancer surveillance data through an HIE to a cancer registry. The lab also is working on applied research with vendor Jericho Systems on patient consent models for sensitive health data.

Catherine Ordun, an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, described an application under development that seeks to use social media sources such as Twitter to augment traditional reporting on outbreaks of disease and food-borne illnesses. “This could augment the information toolbox you might be using to better allocate personnel and resources,” she said, “and forecast who else might be affected.”

The tool, Open Source Health Intelligence (OSHINT), tracks tweets about salmonella and E. coli chatter to see if the additional information could speed up or pinpoint severity or sources of outbreaks. OSHINT was able to capture local news headline references before CDC could gather and broadcast that information, she said, adding that more research needs to be done on how the tool could be put to the best use.

Sessions on Jan. 8 include “Assessing the Status & Prospects of State & Local Health Department Information Technology Infrastructure” and “Use of a Health Information Exchange Saves Time During Disease Investigations.” Check back tomorrow for updates.

- See more at: http://cbit.louisiana.edu/news-events/news/20140219/public-health-informatics-takes-center-stage-healthcare-informatics#sthash.Q12t81lI.dpuf

LAFAYETTE (KADN) — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is holding its third annual computer coding marathon called CajunCodeFest 3.0.

The University says the theme for this year’s competition is “Aging in Place,” with the goal of developing solutions for people who want to live at home as they grow older.

CajunCodeFest 3.0 will feature a 27-hour long coding competition, networking opportunities, and a discussion about current issues in health care technology.

Cash and prizes will be awarded to winners in several categories, including a grand prize of $25,000.

Teams with a maximum of six members will compete. Those interested in joining a team should attend the team-building session on April 23.

CajunCodeFest 3.0 is scheduled for April 23-25 at the Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning in University Research Park.

All participants are required to register, however registration is free. Space is limited, so participants are encouraged to register early.

The event is open to undergraduate and graduate students, programmers, software developers, designers and engineers, educators, healthcare professionals, marketing and business strategists, and entrepreneurs.

Participants can register at www.cajuncodefest.org. More information is available by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or calling (337) 482-0627.

- See more at: http://cbit.louisiana.edu/news-events/news/20140219/ul-will-host-3rd-annual-cajuncodefest-benefit-aging-place-kadn#sthash.5Urgz54k.dpuf

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