Public health issues are on the rise, especially in urban areas like Baltimore City. To address and solve Baltimore’s growing public health crisis, the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) is launching the Transforming Engineering for Civic Health (TECHealth) program.

For more than 200 years, BCHD has worked to combat public health issues, but they currently face many technological barriers. TECHealth allows local tech companies and organizations to propose and create innovative solutions to these contemporary health challenges.

TECHealth will allow the country’s oldest continuously operating health department to serve the public while offering innovative technological solutions to the City’s health problems. Not only does this project strive to safeguard its citizens from public health issues from asthma to overdose, but it also allows the city to invest in Baltimore-based companies on their path to reaching these health solutions.

Fearless is one of seven companies in TECHealth’s inaugural cohort. Each of the seven organizations will address a particular public health issue. Fearless is tasked with creating an automated Health Dashboard for the City of Baltimore. This project will involve extracting and synthesizing large quantities of BCHD data to provide current snapshots of public health indicators in the city.

Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, Fearless’s Health Innovation Officer and the Team Captain for this project, said that “in urban populations, we generally see a higher prevalence of certain types of diseases related to what we call ‘the social determinants of health.’” Fearless’s goal for the dashboard will be to “pull this data in one, user-friendly place and create a map of the relevant health issues and concerns,” she said. “This will help us decide the smartest places for the city to concentrate its efforts.”

The dashboard will provide a sleek map for large amounts of BCHD information, but Dr. Dzirasa believes the result will be greater than just data visualization. It will also allow its users to see important public health trends, such as the correlation between certain demographic factors and well-being, and Fearless envisions an overall improvement in the city’s healthcare efficiency and patient outcomes by allowing BCHD to accurately track this data and more appropriately direct their funding.

All of the TECHealth teams will be in the planning, development, and prototyping phase for the next several months, but Dr. Dzirasa is already looking forward to project implementation and beyond.

“In addition to helping our city, if it goes well, this project has the potential to guide urban health planning throughout the nation,” she said. “If we do this well and effectively, this dashboard could be used to improve patient outcomes across the country.”

This announcement was published independent of the Baltimore City Health Department. This release does not constitute or imply an endorsement by the BCHD of the product, process, or service, or its producer or provider. The views and opinions expressed in any referenced document do not necessarily state or reflect those of the BCHD.

About Fearless:

Fearless is a software shop that builds presentations while maximizing performance. We turn complex data or processes into creative applications that are intuitive and beneficial to the user. To ensure maximum software performance, we streamline and automate developer, operations, security, and testing processes to drastically increase their efficiency.

Our team comprises designers and developers who have a deep understanding of cutting edge technology and trends, and leverage this knowledge to solve problems. Our developers are experienced enough to know the ins and outs of the industry, but inventive enough to seek out the most creative solution to a problem and not to be bound by convention. We are passionate about being surprisingly different by the work we do, problems we solve, and difference we make.

Fearless is a graduate of the bwTech@UMBC Cyber Security incubator and now resides in Spark Baltimore.  Fearless was also recently named by as the 2016 Dev/Design firm of the year in Baltimore.  

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About bwTech@UMBC:

The bwtech@UMBC community is a center of innovation for businesses in all different stages of development. bwtech@UMBC brings research, entrepreneurship, business leads, prospective clients and economic development in the Maryland region to one singular place—a place full of like-minded businesses on the forefront of innovation.

bwtech@UMBC is not only a place for start-ups companies to grow but also a space for established companies to grow their business, expand their network and find talent.

About Spark Baltimore:

Spark is a collaborative coworking space, featuring private offices and shared workspace for entrepreneurs, creators and innovators, located at Power Plant Live! in Baltimore. Spark is a catalyst for advancing entrepreneurship and technical innovation through our creative space, network and community members.

They aim to provide entrepreneurs, creatives and innovators with the community and space, allowing them to ignite ideas that transform into successful companies and organizations.