4 - Number of UCF In-House Grants awarded to COHPA in 2016
7 - Number of COHPA Research Fellowships awarded in 2016
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UCF Hosts International Conference on Designing Health Care Systems
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
HMI Assistant Professor Varadraj Gurupur (standing,
right) helped lead several workshops, including one on the
Journal of Integrated Design and Process Science.
Researchers from more than 20 countries met this week at UCF to
discuss emerging trends and technologies that are guiding the
design and development of health care systems.
They gathered for the 21st annual conference of the Society for
Design and Process Science, held Dec. 4-6 at the university's Rosen
College of Hospitality Management and coordinated by the College of Health and
SDPS is a worldwide organization with more than 400 invited
members, many of whom attended the conference. The meeting drew
experts in engineering, computer science, health administration and
other disciplines to share and discuss novel,
multidisciplinary approaches to organizing resources that
deliver health care services.
For example, a team of experts from health information
technology, industrial engineering and chemistry made a
presentation on their use of technology to implement a new
diagnostic test for prostate cancer that operates securely and
improves the delivery of care to patients.
"Health care is a constantly changing field," said Thomas Wan,
associate dean for research at COHPA and co-chair of the conference
with Yong Zeng from Concordia University in Montreal. "The best way
to address its challenges and opportunities is to think broadly,
integrate ideas from multiple disciplines and collaborate."
Wan, faculty researchers from the college's Departments of
Health Management and Informatics, Health Professions, and
Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Schools of Public
Administration and Social Work, along with students and alumni
from the Doctoral Program in Public Affairs, shared their
research and ideas at the conference through workshops, poster
sessions and paper presentations (highlighted in the
HMI Associate Professor Donna Malvey (in front of podium)
discussedcriteria for effective mobile health
"Powerneeds are the biggest concern," she said.
A workshop led by researchers from the HMI department and
University of Alabama at Birmingham focused on issues surrounding
the enormous amount of health data generated by electronic medical
records, billing systems, clinical research, hospital evaluations,
long-term care facilities, mobile health devices and other
Computer engineers and health information experts are among
the professionals working together to develop systems that connect
these sources in a way that makes the data accessible and useful to
physicians and other health care providers.
The conference also included presentations on other topics
in design and process science, such as designing "smart cities,"
mobile and cloud computing, and big data strategies for
Among the keynote speakers were Frank Wilczek, a Nobel laureate
in physics from MIT, and Douglas Stone, an award-winning physicist
from Yale. Speakers from Central Florida included Wan; Tom O'Neal,
associate vice president of research and commercialization at UCF;
Randy Berridge, president of the Florida High Tech Corridor
Council; Deborah German, dean of the College of Medicine at UCF;
and Maj Mirmirani, dean of the College of Engineering at
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Associate Dean Thomas Wan (left) caught up with alumnus Ibrahim Zeini (Ph.D. in public affairs, '15)
at the meeting.
Wan and HMI Assistant Professor Raj Gurupur found it especially
satisfying to see the international gathering. When Gurupur
learned the society might not hold a conference this year, he
approached Wan with the idea of hosting it at UCF. Wan went on to
develop a winning proposal to hold the event at the university in
"It was a great opportunity to present UCF in such a positive
light to an international group of academics," said HMI Associate
Professor Donna Malvey.
On the last day of the meeting, SDPS presented Wan with its
Excellence in Leadership Award for his role in organizing this
The conference sponsors included UCF (Department of Health
Management and Informatics, College of Health and Public Affairs,
and Office of Research and Commercialization), Society for Design
and Process Science, Florida High Tech Corridor Council, and
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
(Photos by Abi Bell)
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