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Freebee team members Chris Workman, Ramya Baratam and Louis Tse with IOM President Harvey Finberg and IOM Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive Officer Judy Salerno.

Two interdisciplinary teams of students from ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation took top prizes at the recent IOM-NAE Health Data Collegiate Challenge. Both teams are part of Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS).

Second place went to developers Jennifer Burkmier, Ramya Baratam, Louis Tse, Chris Workman and Jane Lacson, who created Freebee, an app that spreads awareness within college campuses about a variety of health risks including alcoholism, smoking, unsafe sex, drug use and campus safety issues. More details are available at:

Another ASU team took the third prize with IMPAct, a Web-based, interactive planner that allows individuals and families to keep track of medical appointments. IMPAct team members are Tania Lyon, Taylor Barker, Edgar Sanchez, Eric Kern, and Jennifer Jost. Their app can be explored at

In the “Go Viral to Improve Health” competition, sponsored by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Academy of Engineering (NAE), students were challenged identify a pressing health issue, then to use social networking, mobile apps and other technologies to create an app or product that increases awareness and inspires positive action.

Winning teams exhibited their technologies on June 9 at the Health Data Initiative Forum hosted by the Institute of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Photos: IOM-NAE Health Data Collegiate Challenge

IMPAct team members Tania Lyon, Edgar Sanchez and Eric Kern with IOM President Harvey Finberg and IOM Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive Officer Judy Salerno.

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