Consolidating Analytics at UAB - Many health systems’ data analytics expertise is spread across the organization, with business analysts and quality analysts focused on different pieces of the puzzle. Until recently, diffuse analytics capabilities were prevalent at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System, Birmingham, Ala., one of the five largest academic medical centers in the United States. But UAB is moving its data analytics resources under one umbrella, says Joan Hicks, CIO.
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The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees approve new endowments, promotions and programs during its Feb. 7 meeting.
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February 12, 2014 Written by Tyler Greer
The Cancer Resource app enables providers and patients to find products and services to help those battling cancer.
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Weight loss as rapid as Frederickson's could result in a loss of bone mass and an increase in bone marrow fat, explained assistant professor Krista Casazza, Ph.D., R.D., which might set a person up for cardiovascular problems like heart attacks and high blood pressure, as well as increased risk of fractures. Casazza is an expert on body tissue partitioning (the interplay between fat, bone and muscle) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Yakov and Aleksandra Kasman, the father-daughter, teacher-student, duo-piano team, plumbed the depths of Sergei Rachmaninoff at the Alys Stephens Center, revealing the dreamy textures, soaring melodies and sumptuous harmonies in works from three periods of the composer's output.
Stephen Russell, M.D., strongly believes creativity is an important aspect of medicine, so much so that he teaches his students to use art to enhance their skills as physicians.
David Becker, a UAB professor specializing in health, labor and regulatory economics, was among a group of experts who said making more Alabamians eligible for Medicaid is in the best interest of the state’s short-term spending and long-term financial well-being, as well as the overall physical condition of the people in the state. Becker said there’s a “huge, huge incentive” to expand Medicaid while the federal government is paying 100 percent.
There is much value in training hospital and nursing home staff in the basics of palliative care to make the last days of a dying patient's life as comfortable and dignified as possible. So says F. Amos Bailey of the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the US.
“In the final episode, she looks emaciated,” said Krista Casazza, Ph.D., R.D. and an expert on body tissue partitioning at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “Up until the final episode when she was losing weight with the trainers, not at home, she looked a lot healthier and looked like she was preserving the bone and lean mass,” Casazza told the Huffington Post.
"There are many considerations about stroke that might be different for women: Reproductive factors and risk factors more common or stronger in women, like diabetes and atrial fibrillation, might get lost in a general guidelines document," explained Virginia Howard, Ph.D., UAB professor of epidemiology and co-author of the new scientific statement Guidelines for the Prevention of Stroke in Women.
Like other hospitals, UAB Hospital faces deep cuts in federal reimbursement for treating uninsured patients under the health-care law, he said, but won't see many new paying patients without the Medicaid expansion. On a recent evening, as a rare blizzard struck Birmingham, dozens of uninsured patients filed through the emergency room at UAB's main campus. Complaints ranged from headaches and swollen feet to broken bones. Such visits contribute to more than $100 million in uncompensated care costs at the hospital, according to 2012 Medicare data.
February 11, 2014 Written by Bob Shepard
The University of Alabama at Birmingham and the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from Feb. 17-27 to celebrate the Sochi Olympics and help boost blood supplies reduced by recent bad winter weather.
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February 10, 2014 Written by Shannon Thomason
UAB Digital Media fellows and interns and Department of Art and Art History faculty and students swept the Birmingham American Advertising Awards at this year’s ceremony.
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For some, this is the tournament that officially kicks off the golf season - the much-loved AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. This week, let's go with a couple of guys who have Alabama connections. I'll take defending champ Brandt Snedeker, who is due to have a big week, as well as former UAB star Graeme McDowell in his first outing on the PGA Tour this year.
"Men are physiologically different from women, so preventive tips cannot be one-size-fits-all," explained Virginia Howard, Ph.D., co-author of the new scientific statement Guidelines for the Prevention of Stroke in Women, published from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Council on Stroke in the AHA journal Stroke
February 10, 2014 Written by Shannon Thomason
The UAB Music student and faculty show will offer performances in classical, jazz, gospel and pop, and represent musical heritages from Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas.
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February 07, 2014 Written by Tyler Greer
UAB’s Continence and Urogynecology Care Clinics reaccredited — were the nation’s first to earn an NAFC Center of Excellence designation, in 2010
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February 06, 2014 Written by Nicole Wyatt
Despite strokes’ being on the decline in the U.S., more women are dying from them than are men. Now the AHA and ASA have released guidance on prevention specifically for women.
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February 06, 2014 Written by Tyler Greer
Internal Medicine associate professor writes novels to enhance his creativity as a doctor and delve into the life of “Mackie” McKay.
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Only one Alabamian has ever won a gold medal in a winter Olympic event. Do you remember her name? She won it a dozen years ago. Give up? She is Vonetta Flowers of Birmingham and UAB and she won gold in the women's bobsled in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
It's rare to find a parent who hasn’t relied on the occasional bribe to extract certain behavior from her kid. Joshua Klapow, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist for the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public health, notes that not all bribery is bad. "'Bribe' has a very negative connotation, but bribing is basically offering a value proposition to do or not do a behavior," he explains.
During the height of last week's winter storm, some UAB doctors decided not to go home but instead chose to stay at the hospital and give others a second chance at life. Physicians and staff in UAB's transplant unit stayed three days and nights at the hospital to perform sixteen kidney operations. That included eight kidney donation procedures, and eight kidney recipient operations.
February 05, 2014 Written by Shannon Thomason
The Alabama State Council on the Arts has awarded two grants to the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.
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The newly opened Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts at UAB opens its doors to the public for its first “Pop-Up Studio” event on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15. Michael Tabie, of Two Arms Inc. in Brooklyn, N.Y., will present a free lecture and printmaking demonstration during his residency as he completes a commissioned silkscreen about Birmingham.
HCV — which affects more than 3 million people in the United States and is the leading cause of cirrhosis and liver cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — last saw guidelines released in 2011. Michael Saag, MD, professor of medicine in the UAB School of Medicine, served as co-chair of a panel of more than two dozen liver and infectious diseases doctors that created HCVguidelines.org, a new online resource.
An unexpected winter storm paralyzed nearly all of Birmingham and much of central Alabama last week, but it didn't stop doctors at UAB Hospital from continuing the Southeast's largest kidney transplant chain. The chain, which has been coined by the hospital as the "Pair Share Program," continued the week of Jan. 27 as doctors performed 16 operations, including eight donor nephrectomies and eight kidney transplants.
A study showed that older people who smoked less than 32 “pack years” — 3.2 packs (20 cigarettes per pack) a day for no more than 10 years or less than one pack a day for 30 years — and gave up smoking 15 or fewer years ago lowered their risks of developing heart failure or dying from heart failure, heart attacks and strokes to the same level as those who had never smoked. “It’s good news,” said Ali Ahmed, M.D., M.P.H., senior researcher and professor of cardiovascular disease at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Medicine. “Now there’s a chance for even less of a waiting period to get a cleaner bill of cardiovascular health.”
February 05, 2014 Written by Tyler Greer
Physicians and staff spent three days and nights in-hospital during the South’s recent winter storm to ensure success of a kidney transplant chain that stands at 13 and counting.
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February 05, 2014 Written by Bob Shepard
Seed funding generates major UAB research projects geared toward treating lung injury from chemical attacks
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February 04, 2014 Written by Shannon Thomason
Join Theatre UAB as it presents a beautiful telling of the painfully honest, hopeful and unexpectedly witty 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
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February 04, 2014 Written by Nicole Wyatt
UAB’s Michael Saag, M.D., served as co-chair of a panel of 27 liver and infectious diseases experts to develop Hepatitis C guidance for clinicians that will live online.
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New opportunities exist through the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network for dentists to gather evidence that may have chairside significance. "This input has come enthusiastically at every step of the study development process—from idea generation, to study design, to design of the data collection forms, to study implementation, all to be done in busy clinical practices," said Dr. Gregg Gilbert, network director and chair of the department of clinical and community sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
'One glass of wine a day is better than six! Again, cook with butter - just use a little and most important, do not eat after 7 o'clock in the evening,' Does Raymond Blanc's advice match up to the research? The Michelin-starred chef says women should not eat bacon and eggs every morning, but a high-fat breakfast of bacon and eggs may be the healthiest start to the day, a study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham study. 'The first meal you have appears to program your metabolism for the rest of the day,'said study senior author Martin Young, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine in the UAB Division of Cardiovascular Disease.
A single bad year doesn't typically force a hospital to enter bankruptcy. A new study on the topic by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that most hospitals were done in by steadily declining admissions, revenues and relationships with their physicians, and were unable to reverse them.
For patients presenting to the emergency department with acute respiratory tract infections (ARTI), inappropriate utilization of antibiotics has decreased for children, but not for adults, according to a study published online Dec. 16 in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. John P. Donnelly, MSPH, from University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues conducted a retrospective study involving patients presenting to emergency departments with ARTIs from 2001 to 2010 identified from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.
February 04, 2014 Written by Shannon Thomason
In addition to the Drops’ debut performance at the ASC, ArtPlay will present a free master class with the group for music students at 3 p.m.
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Cancer patients who are actively being treated for cancer can safely receive flu shots, Mollie deShazo, MD, told The ASCO Post. “It is not going to be dangerous for them. The question is how effective it will be.” Dr. deShazo is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology and Medical Director of Inpatient Oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Like a real-life Indiana Jones, Dr. Jim Pittman had a flair for adventure, despite his bow-tie wearing academic appearance as dean of the UAB School of Medicine. Pittman, dean of the UAB School of Medicine from 1973-92, died on Jan. 12. He was 86. Anyone who attended the Bessemer Air Show in the early 1980s had a chance to ride with Pittman in his 1935 Stearman biplane. Pittman would offer rides all day long.
The UAB campus, like the rest of the Birmingham area, was hit hard and fast by the sudden winter storm on Tuesday. "We had hundreds of folks stranded in buildings," Harlan Sands, UAB vice provost for administration, said on Thursday. "We did two things," Sands said. "We opened up the rec center for warmth and shelter. And we cranked up our dining commons to serve the people who were stuck."
Amy and Duane Donner recently contributed $125,000 to the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Collat School of Business for its Healthcare Leadership Academy. Founded in 2009, the academy is a joint collaboration between the Collat School of Business and School of Medicine, and it has helped the university retain promising health-focused faculty and staff. The academy’s mission is to identify and develop future leaders of the UAB academic medical center.
University of Alabama at Birmingham Research Gary Warner was named one of the top 10 influencers in banking information security. The UAB National Alumni Society is accepting nominations for its Excellence in Business Awards through Feb. 10. They recognize UAB alumni-owned or operated companies.
Darshay Jones managed to avoid the icy mess on Tuesday by staying at home. Her baby wasn't due until Valentine's Day, so when contractions started around midnight, she thought it was false labor. But when they got stronger, she alerted her boyfriend and called 9-1-1. Thirty minutes later she was informed the ambulance had wrecked on the ice leaving her boyfriend to deliver the baby. Police were able to get Jones and her newborn daughter to UAB Hospital two hours after she gave birth. She decided to name her little girl after the season she was born into: Wynter Mariah Dobbins.
As people raced home from work and to pick up children stranded at school Tuesday and others experienced stress and problems associated with being stuck out in the cold weather in snarled traffic, Hoover's emergency medical personnel had to deal with a lot more calls than normal. Dr. Michael Kurz, who started this month at UAB Hospital, was directed to the emergency shelter at the Hoover Public Safety Center after finding his way home had been blocked. The Hoover Fire Department set Kurz up in a makeshift emergency room where he faced people with panic attacks related to the cold, fractures and serious head trauma from falls on the ice, diabetic issues and a pregnant woman with belly pain.
Frigid weather - Birmingham Alabama. Photo taken @ UAB Hospital. Travel difficult. Many food facilities are closed or closing early.