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Merck & Company Partnership

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The next generation of Health IT professionals need an important combination of technical skills and the understanding of how to use health data appropriately. This unique partnership between Merck & Company and Moravian College gives students an opportunity to develop these abilities while they make contributions to Merck initiatives.

Over the past two years, Merck employees and Moravian College students have made significant contributions to two open-source projects through senior capstones, summer SOAR projects, internships and co-ops.

In 2014, a team developed an add-on module for the EMR system OpenMRS that allows users to collect aggregate, anonymized data through a REST-ful interface. In 2015, a team created a web-based application to graphically visualize Medicare billing data provided by DocGraph.

This collaborative effort has exposed nearly fifty students to real-world Health IT projects. Seven of these students became interns, and Merck now employs one of four students who were offered full-time jobs. Regardless of whether the students continued with Merck, they gained expertise in Health IT and numerous technologies not normally a part of the undergraduate computer science curriculum. 

 

2nd Annual Data Science and Computer Science Showcase

Oral Presentations

Title: Automated Analysis of Parkinson’s Patients

Presenter: William Brandes and Riley Kirkpatrick

Faculty Advisor: Ben Coleman

 

Title: Using Data to Drive Social Change

Presenter: William Pelletiers

Faculty Advisor: James Teufel

 

Title:Exploring & Manipulating Clinical Trial Data

Presenters: Benjamin Anderson, Jonah Beers, and Kylie Norwood

Faculty Advisor: Ben Coleman

 

Posters and Demos 

Title: Google Play Store Apps: Web-Scraped Data of 10k Play Store Apps for Analyzing the Android Market

Presenters: Riyad Alghamdi, Jonah Beers

Faculty Advisor: Ben Coleman and Brenna Curley

 

Title: Video Games: Ratings & Sales

Presenter: Elijah Ives and Andrew Carr

Faculty Advisor: Ben Coleman and Brenna Curley

 

Title: Army Physical Fitness Test Analysis

Presenter: Nischal Piya, Kimberly Wolf, Zeng Zeng Yang and Kyle Serman

Faculty Advisor: Ben Coleman and Brenna Curley

 

Title: Similarity Analysis of Hymns using Polynomial Regressions

Presenter: Steven Berger

Faculty Advisor: Nathan Shank and Greg Schaper

 

Title: Moravian Nursing Field Experience Scheduler

Presenter: Shane Houghton

Faculty Advisor: Greg Schaper

 

Title: Exploration & Manipulation of Clinical Trials Data

Presenters: Benjamin Anderson, Jonah Beers, and Kylie Norwood

Faculty Advisor: Ben Coleman

 

Title: Automated Analysis of Parkinson’s Disease

Presenters: William Brandes, Riley Kirkpatrick

Faculty Advisor: Ben Coleman

 

Title: Success of Moravian College Students From 2006-2018

Presenter: Andjela Todorovic

Faculty Advisor: Brenna Curley

 

Title: Using the Program Sustainability Assessment Tool to Maintain Social Impacts of MLPs

Presenter: William Pelletiers

Faculty Advisor: James Teufel

 

Title: Faculty Door Sensor Project

Presenters: Ben Anderson and Caelin Finn McCool

Faculty Advisor: Ben Coleman