|[January 22, 2013]
Online Tech Investing in Future IT and Healthcare Talent at U-M
ANN ARBOR, Mich. --(Business Wire)--
Online Tech, Michigan's largest data center that is expanding into
the Midwest, has awarded $1,000
scholarships to two University of Michigan students in
the fields of information technology and healthcare IT.
The Ann Arbor-based company has many strong ties to U-M talent including
company co-founder Yan Ness and Online
Tech Co-CEO Mike Klein; both are graduates of U-M's Stephen
M. Ross School of Business.
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Daniel Mayer and Paige Grettenberger, both University of Michigan
students, are the recipients of Online Tech's 2012 Data Security
Scholarships. They were selected from a field of candidates with an
interest in cloud computing, data security, disaster recovery and
Grettenberger is a sophomore engineering student at Michigan. The
2011 Haslett High School graduate developed an interest in data security
while completing a summer internship with the Information Security
department at Delta Dental Insurance.
"I had to write a lot of corporate documents and policies at the
internship," Grettenberger said. "One of them was the mobile device
policy, so I got a pretty thorough understanding of the risks."
Candidates for the Data Security Scholarships were asked to answer
one of two essay questions. Grettenberger answered the question "What do
you see as the most serious mobile security threat facing consumers
and/or companies and why " with an explanation of the three most common
ways a mobile device can be compromised through Bluetooth technologies;
practices referred to as "bluejacking," "bluesnarfing" and "bluebugging"
in the industry.
"Everybody's got so much personal information stored on their
phone, so it's easy for somebody to do harm," Grettenberger said.
Mayer, a 2005 Clarkston High School graduate, is part of the
inaugural class at Michigan's new Master of Health Informatics (News - Alert) program.
After graduating from U-M with a dual major in biology and economics,
Mayer spent two years working for healthcare IT firm Epic
Systems Corporation before returning to continue his
"After working for Epic, I saw the possibilities that re there to
improve the health industry through technology," Mayer said. "I decided
to come back to further my education in that area in hopes of developing
something, or contributing in a significant way, to the field of
"My future goals are to work in a leadership position at an
organization, but more importantly, I'd like to create an innovative
tool to somehow significantly advance the industry. If I can make a
significant impact by creating some piece of technology, that would be
an ideal situation for me."
Mayer is specifically interested in consumer-facing applications
that will help patients take advantage of resources to improve their own
healthcare. He currently works with the Cancer Informatics team
developing the registry management tool at the Michigan Comprehensive
"My Online Tech scholarship has decreased the burden on me and
puts me at ease a little more so I can pursue things that will further
my knowledge in health informatics rather than focusing on getting a job
that's going to pay me what I need to cover tuition," Mayer said. "If
anything, it allows me to focus more on my studies rather than money."
Meghan Genovese, the Senior Associate Director of the Health
Informatics Program, said Mayer's background makes him a perfect fit for
the school's new program, established to develop leaders and solutions
in the growing industry.
"He brings interesting perspectives developed through his academic
background and work experience and also through his current experience
as a student and the work he's doing at the cancer center," Genovese
said. "He's a very bright student and we were so delighted that he
earned the scholarship."
The new Health Informatics program at Michigan is offered jointly
by the School of Information and the School of Public Health and places
emphasis on developing leaders in the health informatics field needed to
develop the next generation of information solutions related to health,
and to ensure that the current generation of solutions is used to full
advantage. Mobile and other emerging technologies will play a key role.
"What we're doing at the University of Michigan, specifically, is
preparing people for leadership positions in health informatics;
students are learning ways to leverage information and information
technologies to improve healthcare and individual health," Genovese said.
"We're taking a consumer-facing approach as it overlays with
clinical health informatics and population health informatics because we
see these subdomains of the field as inextricably linked. Students
leaving this program will become visionaries and game-changers who think
about what we can do to solve tomorrow's problems. It's not just about
implementing today's technologies. It's about looking forward."
The field is growing quickly. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
projects that health information management and health informatics
employment will grow nearly 18 percent by 2016, and predicts a need for
more than 6,000 new professionals each year through 2014.
"Health informatics is burgeoning as a field because there is
increasing demand for people who think strategically about health
information," Genovese said. "The more consumers learn about health
information, the higher demand they place on those working in the health
informatics space. Consumers are becoming more savvy and developing a
sense of what is possible -- whether it's a mobile application or a
portal related to their health -- and they are beginning to demand
stronger solutions or managing their own health."
About Online Tech
Michigan's largest managed data center is becoming the largest in the
Midwest, expanding into at least four new markets. The "Fort Knox'' for
data is known for complete redundancy - "backups for everything" - from
multiple back-up generators and backup systems to locations straddling
two power grids and even two CEOs. Online Tech delivers the security,
privacy, and availability expected from world class data center
operators. For more information, call (877)740-5028, email firstname.lastname@example.org or
About University of Michigan Health Informatics
The health informatics program at the University of Michigan
responds to the growing demand for individuals with fundamental
knowledge and skills in both information science and public health.
The health informatics program joins the expertise of the U-M School
of Public Health (SPH) in population health, health
policy, and individual health behaviors with that of the School
of Information (UMSI) in human-centered design and the
development, implementation, and evaluation of leading-edge information
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