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July 22nd Event Recording: Bringing the Future into Now: Checking Temperature While Social Distancing in the COVID-19 Era

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NY & NJ HIMSS PCS Committee Chapter Event

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Time: 12 -1 PM

Subject:  Bringing the Future into now: Checking Temperature while Social Distancing in the COVID- 19 era

This will be a collaborative virtual event with both the NY & NJ Chapters.

The discussion will summarize the benefits of the thermal scanners:

  • Mass volume reducing the need for resources required for handheld screening, cleaning, battery changes, re- calibration etc.
  • Safe as no human contact
  • at a high rate with incredible accuracy - within 0.5 degrees
  • scanned in a matter of seconds which moves 6-7 thousand people through entrances everyday
  • drawn and concealed weapon detection (safety)
  • an overview Ai (artificial intelligence) technologies using visual and thermal cameras and future trends.


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Featured Speakers:

 John Calhoun

John Calhoun is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black-Belt in Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center’s Transformation Hub.  Prior to his current role he served as Project Manager for MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Institute for Cancer Care Innovation.  After receiving degrees in Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics and Biomedical Informatics, John completed his certification as a Lean Six Sigma Black-Belt and Master Black-Belt with the George Group.  During the same period, he served as a Space Shuttle Mission Controller, Crew Trainer, and International Space Station Operations Manager in NASA’s Mission Operations Directorate.  While in the aerospace industry John led projects in engineering, personnel management, training certification and Six Sigma.  He also served as a contract proposal manager for United Space Alliance.  After transitioning to MD Anderson, John partnered with clinical leaders in the Divisions of Surgery, Anesthesiology, Nursing, Cancer Medicine, and Radiation Oncology to implement pathways in Enhanced Recovery after Surgery and in Time Driven Activity Based Costing.  In his current role at Memorial Hermann, and throughout his career, John’s continued to focus on understanding what it takes to manage change effectively, what it takes to develop high performing teams and what it takes to effectively integrate technology into lean and efficient processes. 

 Chris Ciabarra 

Chris is CTO and Co-Founder of Athena Security, Inc a Texas based artificial intelligence company that uses computer vision to detect active shooter threats and with the onslaught of COVID 19 elevated temperature detection. From 2010 – 2017 Chris was co-founder and CTO of Revel Systems. Chris developed the technology behind Revel’s award-winning POS system made for Apple iPad. Chris designed Revel Ethernet Connect, which provides failover connections between Wi-Fi and Ethernet.

In 2016, Revel Systems was named the Leading iPad Point of Sale Company during Apple’s Q4 Financial Results Conference Call. Chris also founded Network Intercept, a Los Angeles security software. Chris is also an anti- hacking expert and has provided internet security advice worldwide including the United States Department of Homeland Security. Chris is also a certified Thermographer which is the study of infrared devices and how they work and should be operated. Chris is an award-winning innovator, published author, and member of the Forbes Technology Council.

 Dr Michael Chang

Michael Chang, MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, specializing in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. He also serves as the director of antimicrobial stewardship for pediatrics at UTHealth McGovern Medical School and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Prior to his current position, for 5 years he was the lone pediatric infectious diseases provider for Eastern Oklahoma based at the Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis in Tulsa, Oklahoma, leading the pediatric infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship efforts there. During that time, the Children’s Hospital Intensive Care Unit was the first unit within the hospital system to achieve zero central-line associated bloodstream infections for over 1 year. Since joining UTHealth and Memorial Hermann, Dr. Chang has actively participated and developed quality improvement projects and educational programs for Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and for UTHealth. He also serves as a core member of the Medical Futures Lab at Rice University, which is dedicated to the study of the intersection of medicine and technology. Dedicated to education, Dr. Chang developed and facilitated the first-ever “crash-course” in human-centered design at McGovern Medical School. Dr. Chang was awarded the Excellence in Teaching award for Pediatric Subspecialties in 2016, 2017, and 2019, and was awarded “Attending of the Year” for 2020 by the Pediatric Residency Program. Further highlighting his focus on education, Dr. Chang frequently represents UTHealth and Memorial Hermann for local and national media outlets, including appearing live on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, to discuss complex topics for the general public.