Arun Nakhasi, 1st place, UAB EXPOArun Nakhasi, 1st place, UAB EXPOArun Nakhasi and Jennifer Dingle, students in the UAB School of Health Professions Honors Program, took first and second place respectively in the Social, Behavioral & Health Sciences Poster Competition at the 7th annual UAB EXPO. Posters were presented by nearly 200 students from more than three-quarters of the majors offered at UAB.

Nakhasi’s poster, titled “Systematic Approach to Hospital Financial Management,” looked at surgical financial analysis at the Callahan Eye Hospital. His objective was to provide administrators with a quick, and easy-to-replicate, tool for financial management.

Nakhasi, a junior in the Department of Health Services Administration’s Healthcare Management program, says although his report is specific to Callahan the methodology can be used by any healthcare organization. He does admit there are some limitations because not all surgical procedures fall perfectly within the same categories.

Expo DingleJennifer Dingle, 2nd place, UAB EXPODingle’s poster, titled “A Survey of the Healthcare Information Management Workforce in Rural Alabama Physician Practices,” takes a close look at the individuals performing Information Technology (IT) in rural physician practices.

Dingle, also a senior in the HCM program, hypothesized that a majority of Health Information Management staff in small rural practices will have no formal training and will have acquired positions by longevity rather than qualifications.

The survey is being done in conjunction with the HIT Rural Workforce Development Grant given to UAB and the Regional Health Care Network (RHCN) in order to increase the workforce available to rural healthcare providers to select, install, operate, and maintain computerized healthcare systems in rural Alabama. The survey will serve as a baseline in order to determine the structure and curriculum that will be implemented in the IT programs.

SHP Honors Program, UAB EXPOSHP Honors Program, UAB EXPOThe main goal of the project is to improve the quality of care by enhancing the capabilities and effectiveness of those working in Health Information Technology in rural Alabama.

The UAB Expo, held every year during the spring semester, celebrates excellence in research, creative activity and scholarship. The School of Health Professions had eight students present posters in this event that showcases the academic endeavors of UAB’s undergraduate students.