This past summer, bioengineering major Miranda Royds ’21 and IDEAS (Integrated Degree in Engineering, Arts, and Science) student Emma Gromacki ’21 interned at EagleForce Health, working on a tracking app used in a COVID-19 context, in areas like symptom tracking, geospatial tracking, and contact tracing. 

The app is called MIMI-Rx and was used for tracking immunizations and other information prior to the pandemic. Royds and Gromacki served as public health analysts with a focus in health care software engineering.

"MIMI-Rx can be used a lot in everyday doctor’s appointments as one place to keep all your medical records, but with COVID-19, there’s symptom tracking, vaccine tracking, testing and all sorts of telehealth," Royds says. “COVID-19 opened up so many opportunities for this software that weren't even necessary before.”

Royds and Gromacki, both seniors, are very involved in the Lehigh student community. Royds is on the women’s soccer team and is a co-captain for SAM (Student-Athlete Mentors). Gromack is on the rowing team and is a co-captain for TIDE (Tackling Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity).

Despite the pandemic, these women found themselves with a valuable opportunity because of their willingness to learn and grow.

They say the virtual internship experience benefited them tremendously, and both plan to expand their skill sets by furthering their education.

“I’m in the process of applying to med school and after that, applying for the [Health Professions Scholarship Program] scholarship, which would put me as an officer in the military and to serve after medical school,” says Gromacki.

“After Lehigh, I want to go to podiatry school," says Royds. “Having this experience has given me such a different lens on public health, which I want to base my career around.” 

Read more about their experience on the Lehigh Athletics website.

Original story by Justin Lafleur, Lehigh Sports Communications

Miranda Royds and Emma Gromacki

Student-athletes Emma Gromacki and Miranda Royds and are members of the class of 2021.

Miranda Royds and Emma Gromacki

Miranda Royds (left) and Emma Gromacki (right)