CIO presentation

Steve Fleagle

Steve Fleagle is an Associate Vice President and CIO at the UI. He has been CIO for 15 years, and has served the UI for 25 years in all, previously holding other IT leadership positions, including technical director of the cardiovascular image processing research laboratory. He has a degree in electrical engineering from the UI. Higher education collaborations are of chief interest to Steve. He has devoted much of his career to founding and leading collaborative efforts through his work with the BOREAS Network, Northern Tier Network Consortium, Big 10 Academic Alliance, and Common Solutions Group. Steve serves on the Boards of Unizin and Internet2. Over the past few years, he has worked with the campus IT community to increase collaboration and create a unified organization called OneIT.



Lee Carmen

Lee Carmen is the Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President for Information Technology at University of Iowa Health Care, providing strategic and operational support for information technology, telecommunications and bioengineering services at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the Roy J. Carver College of Medicine. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Health Management and Policy and the Department of Computer Science. Lee has been managing information technology in academic medical centers for over 25 years. Prior to that, he was involved in developing computer systems in cardiovascular research at the University of Iowa and at the University of Oklahoma.



Keynote speaker

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Aaron R. Warner is the founder and CEO of ProCircular, an Information Security and Privacy firm based in Coralville. A former CIO and CTO of Integrated DNA Technology, he’s spent more than two decades working in IT and InfoSec. Aaron is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and certified Security+ engineer, and a full member of the FBI/DHS Infragard partnership. He has earned an MBA from the Tippie College of Business, and enjoys cave diving, playing music, a good bottle of wine, and above all time with his family.

Abstract: Cybersecurity as an industry has rapidly expanded in the last few years. Organizations continue to realize and address the prevailing risks associated with an increasingly-interconnected technological environment. In this presentation, Aaron will discuss the current cybersecurity threat landscape, and propose ideas as to what organizations like UI and UIHC can do to help address these trends.


Flash Talks

Dave Kelly, systems architect, ITS Cloud Services Team

Dance Marathon streaming with Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Last year, streaming Dance Marathon with an on-premise system maxed out at 1,500 users. This year, IT professionals worked with the Office of Strategic Communication to implement an innovative cloud solution to handle the load. Streaming peaked at nearly 5,000 concurrent users, and could have handled even more people if they had joined. The talk will cover the project, how the cloud services team worked with the customer to meet needs, the design and advantages of using AWS, and how others on campus can benefit from the services provided for all kinds of cloud-related workloads.

Nicholas Carino-Marek, senior IT support consultant, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Hermann Hounkponou, senior application developer, HCIS

Sharing Perspectives And Realizing Knowledge (SPARK)

SPARK is a program to enhance experiential, or "on the job," learning and career mobility for IT professionals. Experiential learning is one mechanism to help ensure the skills of our IT workforce meet current and future institutional needs, a specific strategy under the Workforce of the Future strategic goal in the OneIT strategic plan. SPARK also aligns with the UI Healthcare ICARE values of Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence. SPARK comprises various opportunities on a continuum from one- to two-hour experiences visiting another work area, to rotating into a different position in a different workgroup for an extended period, perhaps as long as one to two years. The SPARK project team will present the updates to the program and how you can participate.

Brenda Ulin, database architect, ITS Administrative Information Systems

Advancing our OneIT data strategy

The financial, cultural and political challenges faced by the higher education industry require us to rethink delivery strategies, organizational optimizations, fiscal efficiency and effectiveness all while improving outcomes related to the success of the institution and its mission. Data is an integral part of that solution, but only to the degree that it leads to understanding and action. Advancements in data availability, modeling strategies, BI tools and data science are critical pieces in a data informed culture. We will share key initiatives that BISSC and others are involved in to advance the OneIT Data Strategy.

Dave Long, IT manager, Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology

Kaltura: a new online digital media platform

Kaltura is a new online digital media platform available to faculty, staff, and students at the University of Iowa. Instructors and students can use the Kaltura integration in ICON to upload and share video in their courses. Colleges, departments, and units can use MediaSpace to promote their videos, share videos publicly and privately, and host podcast files. Kaltura in ICON was rolled out this spring, and the MediaSpace part of Kaltura will be coming this fall.

Guangming Du, senior application developer, HCIS Administrative Applications

High-performance database design

When tables contain many millions of rows and GBs of data, performance tends to suffer. It can also be a challenge to maintain these tables. On the SQL server platform, we have a table that has over 220 million rows and 90 Gigabytes of data. It returns query results within seconds and it is easy and fast to maintain and keep up-to-date. We will show you how this is achieved. The table has EPIC records, which is UIHC’s health informatics system. But its design principles can be applied elsewhere to achieve similar results.

Pamela Kunert, nursing practice leader, UIHC

Oneview at the Stead Family Children's Hospital

Oneview is an Interactive Patient Care System at the Stead Family Children’s Hospital. The infotainment system integrates with patient needs. Its features include allowing them to order from a menu that factors in their dietary restrictions, providing easy-to-understand educational videos about diagnoses and procedures in several languages, and controlling room lighting. For entertainment, children can watch TV, movies, play games, or access social media through a tablet or by projecting onto a screen.

Kang Lee, data scientist, ITS Research Services

Introduction to artificial intelligence

As we are currently witnessing, artificial intelligence, or AI, is beginning to make a significant impact not only on global industries and job roles but also on our daily lives. While AI is an area of computer science that has a long history, it has made major breakthroughs just lately in the big data era. This talk will provide an overview of AI and machine learning with interesting application examples in different areas. The talk will then highlight various efforts on campus to leverage AI in research.

Heath Davis, lead application developer, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science Biomedical Informatics, Carver College of Medicine IT


REDCap is a secure web platform for building and managing online databases and surveys. REDCap's streamlined process for rapidly creating and designing projects offers a vast array of tools that can be tailored to virtually any data collection strategy. REDCap provides automated export procedures for seamless data downloads to Excel and common statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, Stata, R), as well as a built-in project calendar, a scheduling module, ad hoc reporting tools, and advanced features, such as branching logic, file uploading, calculated fields and data-piping. REDCap’s advanced tools include an e-consent framework, SMS messaging and voice calls to participants, and deploying REDCap surveys as a mobile APP.

Brian Hegland, senior IT director, HCIS

IT Asset Management

This session will review the evolution of health care’s effort to manage assets of all types, and discussion of consolidating assets into Cherwell’s Configuration Management Database.

Nikki Cardenas and Matt DePaepe, senior IT security analysts,
Information Security and Policy Office

How are we combating phishing attacks?

Phishing has quickly become one of the most pervasive attack vectors for threat actors. From nation states to cyber criminals, attackers have recognized the inherent difficulty organizations face in detecting, and quickly responding to, phishing attacks. As mitigation techniques surface, the attack techniques continue to evolve. The Information Security and Policy Office will discuss a range of innovative phishing-detection techniques that are currently used by the team to mitigate the effects of phishing and credential compromise. Additionally, the team will discuss the way ahead for defeating phishing attacks, and what individual users can do to help prevent a continued spread.