SHPBThe UAB Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) is a research collaborative between academic organizations and health industry partners with the goal of conducting research to support managerial, clinical, and technological innovations in healthcare. UAB/CHOT is funded jointly by the National Science Foundation (, and current industry partners (Alacare Home Health & Hospice, Lakeshore Foundation, Opelousas General Health System, UAB Health System, and York Risk Group). UAB/CHOT is one of only eight NSF approved academic sites nationally and internationally.


ProfessionalStudentGroupThe mission of CHOT is congruent with UAB’s Department of Health Services Administration goals of producing applied research in conjunction with providing high quality education to future health care executives. This model is mutually beneficial to our department and industry partners, creating opportunities to generate knowledge and innovations for implementation. Our faculty provides a host of research expertise including care coordination, health information technology, quality improvement, and patient/person experience with care.


Current Research Projects 2018 - 2019

  • Developing a risk prediction model for Hospital Acquired Clostridium Difficile Infection
  • The Socio-demographic Predictors of Pain Management: Comparison of Previous and Revised HCAHPS Survey Questions
  • Care Coordination Activities for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury
  • Using Socioeconomic and Sociodemographic variables in the Electronic Health Record to Predict Risk of Repeated ED Visits
  • Ask Me 3:  A Home Health Intervention to Address Health Literacy Barriers, Increase Patient Engagement, and Improve Patient Experience and Outcomes
  • Integrated Chronic Care Management System for Monitoring and Clinical Decision Support

Benefits to Industry Partners



  • Gain a competitive advantage on evidence-based innovations in healthcare delivery specific and relevant to industry
  • Engage in a multidisciplinary approach to research
  • Have a valid, neutral third-party perspective by using university researchers to collect and analyze data
  • Enjoy pre-publication access to CHOT research findings at least two years ahead of publication
  • Access to CHOT university sites’ resources and facilities
  • Leverage credibility to the NSF CHOT research methodology and rigor to engage physician leaders
  • Working along with other industry members to develop CHOT’s research agenda
  • Develop working relationships with leading researchers from internationally recognized academic institutions
  • Access to top graduate Students from CHOT university sites

    Professional Development

  • Co-author peer-reviewed articles with CHOT researchers
  • Co-present at professional conferences with CHOT researchers

For additional information, please contact:

Nancy Borkowski, DBA, FACHE, FHFMA (205) 996-2336, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Robert Weech-Maldonado, Ph.D., MBA (205) 996-5838, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.