Faculty Members Win Prestigious Triumph Awards

 In Health Management and Informatics

Dr. Varadraj P. Gurupur and Dr. Alice M. Noblin

Varadraj P. Gurupur and Alice M. Noblin work hard to make a difference in the health care field, through software development and education, respectively.

Their hard work has not gone unnoticed; both UCF faculty members are being recognized with a 2017 American Health Information Management Association Triumph Award October 9 in Los Angeles.

The Triumph Awards are national awards designed to recognize individuals who have made a difference in the health care information management profession. Gurupur received the Triumph Award for research and Noblin received the Triumph Award for education.

Gurupur’s research has led him to develop software engineering decision support systems that he hopes will help improve health care systems – a topic of interest that he came across while earning his master’s degree in computer sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he worked in the university hospital.

“I saw there were a lot of problems in healthcare that could have been solved with advancing technology,” said Gurupur, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Management and Informatics.

So Gurupur began engaging in research, bridging the gap between computer science and healthcare. Through his years of research, he has published more than 85 pieces of work, with more than 50 of them focused on computer science and healthcare.

Gurupur has also developed and successfully tested many prototypes, such as an Artificial Intelligence Based Student Learning Evaluation, which links the correlation between activity performed by students and their Registered Health Information Administrator scores. He also has developed a telemedicine instrument that is currently being used at the University of Southern California’s Children’s Hospital and is being translated into Spanish.

Other projects are in the works as well.

“I’ve developed a lot of prototypes,” he said. “But they aren’t being used anywhere yet because they haven’t been developed into full systems yet.”

Meanwhile, Noblin, an faculty member at UCF for 13 years, has spent her time focused on helping her students prepare for their future.

“My goal is to help students graduate, pass the RHIA exam and find jobs and careers in the field,” said Noblin, assistant professor of health management and informatics.

Serving as a mentor for students and a connection between UCF and healthcare professionals, Noblin said it is fulfilling to watch students grow and develop into professionals.

“It’s such a wonder to see these students enter with a nose ring and a t-shirt with a funny saying, trying to find themselves, then a few years later, they have on a suit and tie, and are networking and developing as young professionals,” she said.

Noblin especially feels proud when she meets former students at professional networking events locally in Central Florida and at the national AHIMA conventions.

This is not Noblin’s first Triumph Award; she won an award in 2014 for her work in research.

“Not too many people have two awards, so it’s satisfying to me,” she said. “It’s a good feeling. You feel like you are doing something right. Being honored by your national organization, it doesn’t get any better than that, when your peers recognize you at the top of your game.”

Written by Drexler B. James ’13

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