Founder, Whurthay Web Analytics
Master of Health Informatics
If you’re interested in both computing and health the Master of Health Informatics is a great programme to consider, says Ayush Narula.
“My background is in computer science but I’ve always been intrigued by the human body and ways to improve its health. The Master of Health Informatics was a great way to pursue two of the things I love; computers and human health.”
He would highly recommend the programme to others, the AUT alumnus says.
“This was one of the best experiences for me, and it has given me memories I will cherish my whole life. Studying health informatics has helped me learn a lot about the New Zealand health industry, and its health organisations and systems. Associate Professor Dave Parry was really helpful and was great at breaking down tough concepts to make them easy for students to understand.”
The programme’s practical focus has been a highlight, says Ayush.
“I loved that the programme focuses on practical learning. As part of the Autoidentification paper, for example, a friend and I developed an automated robot car to present to the children at Rongomai School. That was a great experience.
“I also worked as a research assistant for AUT’s Centre for Person Centred Research and completed a summer internship at AUT’s Centre for eHealth to help clinicians develop rehabilitation plans digitally and deliver them to patients using an app.”
While working as a research assistant Ayush also discovered his passion for telehealth services and realised what a difference supplying health services to people in remote areas can make.
“I developed a mobile app for remote patient tracking for people living in remote places as part of my research thesis at AUT, and our research paper was awarded the best paper certificate during the Australasian Computer Science Conference. This was all possible because of Dr Roopak Sinha who was extremely supportive during the writing and publishing of this paper.”
A winning effort
The research skills he developed at AUT were also useful during the Auckland Startup Weekend, he says.
“I was fortunate to be part of the winning team, Involve, at the Auckland Startup Weekend 2016. We developed an iOS app to help organisations recruit volunteers. Our win was the result of the skills I gained during my time I studied at AUT.
“The research skills I’ve developed in my master’s degree help me understand everyone’s perspective when working in a team and find the best possible solution.”
In 2018, Ayush started his own web analytics company, Whurthay web analytics. He says that going to start-up weekends at AUT and Auckland gave him the confidence and experience to consider starting his own business.
There have been some challenges along the way, admits Ayush who came to AUT as an international student from India.
“I initially had some difficulty understanding the New Zealand accent and some commonly used words. However, AUT’s English for Academic Skills Independence (EASI) workshops helped me improve my written and spoken English.”
The Student Learning staff also had some great advice on how to become a more confident communicator, he adds.
“My teacher encouraged me to talk to people on the streets and at the bus stops. This helped me make a lot of friends, and gain confidence when communicating with people and when completing everyday tasks like talking to supermarket staff while buying grocery.”
Last updated: 17-Jul-2017 1.55pm
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