White-Williams earns 2015 Advanced Transplant Provider Award

Original story from UAB School of Nursing

white williams1Connie White-Williams, Ph.D.Connie White-Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director of the Center for Nursing Excellence in University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital, has been selected by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the Advanced Transplant Provider (ATP) Committee to receive the 2015 Advanced Transplant Provider Award.

White-Williams earned her master of science in nursing and her PhD from the UAB School of Nursing and is an adjunct instructor for the School, teaching in the master's of science in nursing program. She is also a student in the UAB School of Health Professions Healthcare Quality and Safety program.

The Advanced Transplant Provider Award recognizes an individual's dedication to advancing clinical practice through translation of scientific information, development of standards and clinical mentoring. The award was presented during the Recognition Awards Presentation Ceremony and Reception Saturday, January 17, 2015.

The mission of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons is to advance the art and science of transplant surgery through leadership, advocacy, education and training.

Slovensky Co-Authors Book on Mobile Health Technologies

mHealth Cover PageDonna Slovensky, Ph.D., professor and associate dean, Academic and Student Affairs, UAB School of Health Professions, is the co-author of a new book on mobile health technologies. The book, mHealth: Transforming Healthcare, was published this month by Springer and covers the global impact of mobile health technologies.

“The idea that something as small as a mobile phone could revolutionize healthcare is mind boggling yet the devices keep getting smaller, faster, more powerful, and oftentimes less expensive,” said Slovensky, administrative director, Healthcare Quality and Safety Graduate Certificate. “As an industry driving a large segment of our economy, healthcare is an obvious direction for technology business development. Our interest was in looking at mHealth from the perspective of many stakeholders and identifying likely points of leverage and potential roadblocks to the widespread adoption required to achieve population health improvement.”


Patrician Receives AHI Healthcare Improvement Award

Original story from the UAB School of Nursing

NHSAThe University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing Nursing and Health Systems Administration (NHSA) program has received second place in the 2014 Duncan Neuhauser Curricular Innovation Award in Healthcare Improvement from the Academy for Healthcare Improvement (AHI).

Professor Pat Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN, who is also a Quality Academy lecturer with the School of Health Professions Healthcare Quality and Safety Graduate Certificate, Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Rebecca S. Miltner, PhD, RN, CNL, NEA-BC, Martha Dawson, DNP, RN, FACHE, and Assistant Professor Shea Polancich, PhD, RN, submitted their work on the program’s revised Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) advanced quality and patient safety courses, “Bridging the Theory-Practice Gap in Advanced Quality and Patient Safety Courses.”


HQS Board Member Creates Smartphone Game to Make Doctors Smarter

Kaizen Smartphone AppKaizen Smartphone AppJames Willig, M.D., a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Quality and Safety board member and a physician in the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases, co-founded the Kaizen project. Kaizen, which is Japanese for "continuous improvement," is a Smartphone app that asks medical questions typically focused on either recent updates to medical guidelines or on the “zebras” (rare cases) of internal medicine.

A couple recent rulings by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's to limit the number of hours that residents could work inspired Willig and his co-creators to develop Kaizen. They felt teaching opportunities were being lost and “to adapt to the new realities of medical education, we have to teach in a different way,” Willig says. Kaizen has placed UAB at the forefront of a hot educational trend called “gamification” - in other words, it's a teaching experience in disguise.

The entire story, along with a Pop Quiz from the Kaizen app, is available on the UAB Magazine website. The story also includes a video they call "Kaizen: The Movie." 

HQS Featured in "Shaping the Future of Healthcare" Interview

"Shaping the Future of Healthcare" interview"Shaping the Future of Healthcare" interviewThe May 2014 "Shaping the Future of Healthcare" interview series takes a look at the new UAB Healthcare Quality and Safety Graduate Certificate.

UAB School of Health Professions Dean Harold P. Jones interviewed Donna Slovensky, Ph.D., HQS Administrative Director and Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs; and Scott Buchalter, M.D., HQS Medical Director and Vice President Chief Strategy & Quality Officer, UAB Health Systems.

WATCH THE INTERVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-cy8TFmy5k

The HQS program is a unique, multidisciplinary approach to the analysis and solution of complex problems. The program prepares clinical and administrative professionals to deploy quality- and safety-focused strategies for their organization.