NEWS RELEASE: Vital Care Services and Pace University Selected as Winners of PILOT Health Tech NYC’s $100,000 Innovative Project based in New York City

Vital Care Services, a comprehensive remote monitoring TeleHealth company, and Pace University were selected as winners of PILOT Health Tech NYC, a new initiative launched by the Bloomberg Administration, City of New York, and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).

 

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Vital Care Services and Pace University Selected as Winners of PILOT Health Tech NYC’s  $100,000 Innovative Project based in New York City

Program Matches Early-Stage Healthcare Technology Companies (Innovators) With Leading Health Care Organizations (Hosts)

NEW YORK, NY — June 28, 2013 — Vital Care Services, a comprehensive remote monitoring TeleHealth company, and Pace University were selected as winners of PILOT Health Tech NYC, a new initiative launched by the Bloomberg Administration, City of New York, and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). The program is designed to leverage the city’s large concentration of healthcare institutions and entrepreneurial companies, and position New York City as the nation’s hub for healthcare technology.

Vital Care Services and Pace University will use a 6-month pilot to test the effectiveness of TeleHealth solutions to meet current and projected needs of diverse socio-economic communities in New York City. Pace student technicians will assist patients in taking their vitals, which are monitored remotely by a Pace RN. Key objectives of the pilot are to reduce healthcare cost, increase access and quality of care, and train future working professionals at the university level.

TeleHealth is used today to communicate patient health data electronically to improve a patient’s long-term health management and outcomes. It utilizes today’s growing number of telecommunications technology benefits, such as secure Wi-Fi, 4G Cellular, Face-to-Face Video, SMS, and Bluetooth connections. TeleHealth has been proven to conveniently and effectively lower healthcare cost and improve accessibility while achieving better health outcomes.

“Doctors are not going to be able to handle the rapid increase in the elderly population, so TeleHealth is going to be very important,” says Dr. Jean F. Coppola, PhD, Associate Professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. “Elderly patients are going to have to rely on TeleHealth to live better and improve their quality of life. Our research has shown that older adults can and want to learn the technology. And they can learn it to the point where they can do it on their own after a few lessons.”

“Our mission is to help people live healthier lives,” says Dave Gaur, co-founder of Vital Care Services. “We are engaged in improving the total population healthcare delivery system as a whole. Increasing access to healthcare, improving quality of care, and reducing costs to patients and providers are our main priorities.”

“A key benefit that patients experience with the TeleHealth technology is awareness,” says Chris Gaur, co-founder of Vital Care Services. “We have had a couple of patients that have had high blood pressure, when they did not know it before and were able to take action to see a doctor to receive potentially life-saving early interventions.”

The panel of judges received portfolios from more than 250 innovators and 20 host organizations, and the results of the competition were publicly announced on June 26 at the inaugural “Pilot Day” held at Blueprint Health in Manhattan.

PILOT Health Tech NYC was created to address key needs in the healthcare technology sector. The Pilot grant recipients will work together for three to six months, and will then have the chance to present their accomplishments on the main stage at Health 2.0’s annual conference in Santa Clara, CA, which starts on Sept. 29, 2013.

About Vital Care Services

Vital Care Services offers comprehensive solutions for the growing healthcare service delivery market.  Vital Care was established when it became evident there was a need to implement cost-effective solutions for health and wellness care delivery personalized to individual needs in their own living setting.  The company’s solutions ensure that patients stay healthy, follow their designed care plans, and avoid costly hospital re-admissions and ER visits.  Using advanced, portable, consumer friendly TeleHealth technology, healthcare providers can interact with their remote-location patients as often as necessary, and implement a customizable regimen to match each patient’s individual needs. The innovative TeleHealth software running on commercial tablets is simple to operate for patients with no prior computer experience.  These Wi-Fi or 4G enabled cellular tablets relay vital sign measurements, personalized daily questions, medication reminders, and clinical advice immediately through encrypted and HIPAA compliant messaging from secure servers. The patient is connected anywhere, and at anytime to a healthcare provider.  http://www.myvics.com

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area.  A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems’ initiative is addressing technical, business, legal, policy, and strategic issues. These issues are being addressed to support the implementation of TeleHealth services, incorporating on-site/off-site personnel, and the application of data mining and other emerging technologies. http://www.pace.edu/seidenberg

Media Contacts:

Dave Gaur

dave@myvics.com

914-275-7675

Bill Caldwell

wcaldwell@pace.edu

212-346-1597

 

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American Banker: “Compromise Needed on U.S. EMV Adoption Plan”

“The recent $45 million ATM heist is dramatic evidence of the urgent need for improvements to payment card security,” writes Darren Hayes, chair of the computer information systems program at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in New York.

“The recent $45 million ATM heist is dramatic evidence of the urgent need for improvements to payment card security,” writes Darren Hayes, chair of the computer information systems program at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in New York.

Read his op-ed on American Banker’s BankThink blog.

Computerworld: “Making peril permanent: Google’s Gmail app redesign”

. . . In considering the Gmail app changes, Richard Kline, a professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, said Google has been paying a lot more attention to design and aesthetics lately.

. . . In considering the Gmail app changes, Richard Kline, a professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, said Google has been paying a lot more attention to design and aesthetics lately.

While Google has been encouraging people to archive rather than delete for a long time, Kline said the interface change may be an effort to provide the most important features in a way that is still useable on a small screen.

The best evidence that usability was a major driver in Google’s app redesign, said Kline, is that the Web interface has remained the same, with the archive and delete buttons next to each other.

Kline said there is appeal to the idea of archive default. Rather than prompt people to consider whether something should be kept, “they tried to provide a mechanism by which you just save everything” while making it easy to search for it later.

Kline said he manages his email, and deletes messages he does not believe should be saved. But he suggest a middle road for Google, and that’s a check-off option for keeping an email in the inbox for 60 days before it’s automatically deleted, something he said would be useful for short-lived discussions.

Read the article by Computerworld.

MarketWatch: “Who’s a bigger snoop: the NSA or your boss?”

. . . “The U.S. Constitution protects individuals against abuses by the government,” says Darren R. Hayes, assistant professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in New York City. “But there’s not a lot of protection of data collected on individuals.”

. . . “The U.S. Constitution protects individuals against abuses by the government,” says Darren R. Hayes, assistant professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in New York City. “But there’s not a lot of protection of data collected on individuals.” Most U.S. privacy regulation is based on self-regulation, he says, where companies dictate their own policies on handling employee and customer privacy. In Europe, there are stricter government rules about collecting and using personal data; individuals must give their unambiguous consent, he says.

Read the story on MarketWatch.

The Hill’s Congress Blog: “Congress must move carefully in regulating corporate cybersecurity”

“The Federal Trade Commission’s recent lawsuit against hotelier Wyndham neatly encapsulates the most vexing problem information security practitioners face — how to protect digital data residing inside corporate networks,” writes Pace professor James W. Gabberty.

“The Federal Trade Commission’s recent lawsuit against hotelier Wyndham neatly encapsulates the most vexing problem information security practitioners face — how to protect digital data residing inside corporate networks,” writes Pace professor James W. Gabberty.
Read his op-ed on The Hill’s Congress Blog.

Agence France Presse: “Twitter tightens security after high-profile breaches”

. . . James Gabberty, professor of information systems at Pace University, said the new verification system appeared positive but “it depends on how they deploy it.”

. . . James Gabberty, professor of information systems at Pace University, said the new verification system appeared positive but “it depends on how they deploy it.”

He said the decision to use a separate communications channel such as a mobile phone is “generally very safe” but that it is preferable if the phone and Internet services are different carriers with “a different architecture.”

“If it is a different company, then this is extremely safe and gives a very high level of assurance that the integrity of the message is not compromised.”

But Gabberty said Twitter still has other security problems which need to be addressed, such as requiring strong passwords and frequent changes in passwords.

“I stay away from Twitter because it’s such an insecure system. It’s begging to be hacked,” he said.

Read the story by Agence France Presse.

NEWS ADVISORY: Nicholas Donofrio, IBM Fellow Emeritus and EVP Innovation & Technology (Ret.) to be honored at Pace University’s 18th Leadership and Service in Technology Award Reception

Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems will honor Nicholas Donofrio, IBM Fellow Emeritus and Executive Vice President for Innovation & Technology (Ret.) at the 18th Leadership and Service in Technology Award Reception to be held at Bank of New York Mellon, 101 Barclay Street, New York, NY on Tuesday, May 21 at 6:00 PM.

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Nicholas Donofrio, IBM Fellow Emeritus and EVP Innovation & Technology (Ret.) to be honored at Pace University’s 18th Leadership and Service in Technology Award Reception, Tuesday, May 21

NEW YORK, May 16 – Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems will honor Nicholas Donofrio, IBM Fellow Emeritus and Executive Vice President for Innovation & Technology (Ret.) at the 18th Leadership and Service in Technology Award Reception to be held at Bank of New York Mellon, 101 Barclay Street, New York, NY on Tuesday, May 21 at 6:00 PM.

Donofrio retired as Executive Vice President, Innovation & Technology at International Business Machines Corporation and formed NMD Consulting LLC in 2008.  He began his career at IBM in 1964, and worked at the company for more than 40 years in various positions of increasing responsibility, including Division Director; Divisional Vice President for Advanced Workstations; General Manager, Large Scale Computing Division; and Senior Vice President, Technology & Manufacturing.

Donofrio holds seven technology patents, is a member of numerous technical and science honor societies, and holds several board positions. He earned a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and holds a Master’s degree from Syracuse University.

Proceeds from the event will provide funding for the Seidenberg School’s scholarship awards and key initiatives. For more information, contact Pam Yosh at (914) 773-3706 or pyosh@pace.edu

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NEWS ADVISORY: Pace University to hold STEM Collaboratory Conference on June 1

The first Pace University STEM Collaboratory Conference, sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, will be held on Saturday, June 1 in the Multipurpose Room of One Pace Plaza on the university’s Lower Manhattan campus.

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Note: Members of the media must RSVP to wcaldwell@pace.edu.

Pace University to hold STEM Collaboratory Conference on June 1

New York, May 14 – The first Pace University STEM Collaboratory Conference, sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, will be held on Saturday, June 1 in the Multipurpose Room of One Pace Plaza on the university’s Lower Manhattan campus, east of City Hall and six blocks from Wall Street.

Itinerary:

8:30 to 9:30 am: Registration & Coffee. Welcome by:  Lauren Birney, assistant professor at Pace’s School of Education is the director and Jonathan Hill, associate dean of Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, is the co-director of the STEM Center Collaboratory at Pace.

9:30 to 10:15 am: Douglas Rushkoff, Media Theorist: “Program or Be Programmed: Why Students Should be Code Literate”

10:15 to 10:30 am: Coffee Break

10:30 to 11:30 am: Michael Joaquin Grey, Artist/Inventor: “The Zoob System and Its Use for Teachers & Students.” Zoob is a 3D Modeling System inspired by the nucleotides (the basic structural units of nucleic acids) that make up DNA.

11:30 am to 1:30 pm: Lunch & Poster Session on Pace Collaboratory Teacher Mobile Math and Science Apps for Android Smartphones

1:30 to 1:45 pm: Break

1:45 to 3 pm: “Perspectives in Stem Education” panel discussion moderated by Ben Esner, director, K-12 STEM Education, Polytechnic Institute at New York University. Panelists: Steve Ettlinger, author, “Twinkie, Deconstructed”; Prof. Brian Evans, Pace’s School of Education; Lou Lahana, Teacher, The Island School; Prof. Tom Lynch, Pace’s School of Education; and Meghan Groome, executive director, education and public programs, New York Academy of Science.

3 to 4 pm: Hydroponic Farming with Boswyck Farms

4 to 4:15 pm: Raffle prizes including an IPAD 2

BACKGROUND: The Pace STEM Collaboratory was created by the university’s School of Education and the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in December 2012 to facilitate interdisciplinary research and the exchange of ideas among students, faculty, and staff in STEM disciplines, and support teaching and learning at the middle and high-school levels through continued and expanded relationships with public schools in the region.

The Collaboratory’s goals include:

•           Identifying and developing a pipeline of STEM students and teachers in the greater New York area in grades 6 through 12;

•           Integrating STEM best practices in the preparation of workforce-ready students at the college level;

•           Increasing the proficiency of specially selected grade 6 through 12 teachers and administrators in STEM teaching;

•           Developing ways to motivate learners to persevere in the study of science, technology, engineering, and math; and

•           Launching an interdisciplinary STEM research group based at Pace University that will be a clearinghouse for successful initiatives in STEM education.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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Associated Press: “Bank heist impressed cybercrime experts with its technical sophistication, effectiveness”

. . . “It was pretty ingenious,” Pace University computer science professor Darren Hayes said Friday.

. . . “It was pretty ingenious,” Pace University computer science professor Darren Hayes said Friday.

Read the story by Associated Press.

The Hill’s Congress Blog: “Practical enhancements must not be lost in push for immigration reform”

. . . “The United States is on the verge of passing meaningful legislative reform that will enhance our ability to remain the prime destination for the best, brightest and most entrepreneurial scientific minds from around the world,” writes Jonathan Hill, co-director of the STEM Center Collaboratory at Pace. “If we care to maintain our position as the preeminent center for scientific and industrial innovation, Congress must do so.”

. . . “The United States is on the verge of passing meaningful legislative reform that will enhance our ability to remain the prime destination for the best, brightest and most entrepreneurial scientific minds from around the world,” writes Jonathan Hill, co-director of the STEM Center Collaboratory at Pace. “If we care to maintain our position as the preeminent center for scientific and industrial innovation, Congress must do so.”
Read his op-ed on The Hill’s Congress Blog.