Contact: Richard P. Gulla
Boston, Mass. – March 21 – A medical student in the Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Health Sciences and Technology Program and a resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital are the recipients of the 2014 Massachusetts Medical Society's Information Technology Awards.
The honor recognizes the development of an information technology tool that helps physicians practice medicine, teach medicine, or pursue clinical research. Two awards of $3,000 each are presented annually by the state medical society, to one medical student and one to a resident, fellow, or intern.
The winners of this year’s awards are YiDing Yu, M.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital, for her project, Twiage, a secure mobile app-to-web platform that allows medics to send real-time data in the field to doctors in the emergency department, and Ms. Jasmine Thum, for her project, Why Brain Monitors Do Not Work in Children Under General Anesthesia and Insights for Novel Accurate Monitoring to Prevent Neuro-Toxicity.
YiDing Yu, M.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Dr. Yu is a second-year resident in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Internal Medicine-Primary Care Program. Raised in Orlando, Florida, Dr. Yu received her undergraduate degree in economics magna cum laude from Harvard College and her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine, where she graduated Alpha Omega Alpha. A co-founder of Twiage, Dr. Yu is an award-winning web designer and clinical researcher and has worked internationally on health information systems and design.
Ms. Jasmine Thum, Harvard–MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Ms. Thum earned a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering and a master of science in neuroengineering from the University of Southern California. While studying there, she developed a strong interest in signals and systems processing, which she is continuing at Harvard Medical School. Currently a second-year medical school candidate, she conducts research to characterize the effects of anesthesia on children’s brains.
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