Research Highlights

Building the evidence for practice and policy.

  • Sepsis Dart Implementation
  • Machine Learning Solution for ED Overcrowding Problem
  • Christy Harris Lemak, PhD, FACHE
  • A machine learning framework for addressing emergency department overcrowding problem
  • Health Equity Research Grant by the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA)-Arthritis Foundation
  • We Care
  • COVID-19 study published in JAMA Network Open
  • Thirumalai awarded $1.5 million grant for AI-assisted telehealth platform for people with disabilities
  • Faculty Research Spotlight: Larry Herald
  • HSA Health Informaticians lead GuideSafe™ development
  • Ria Hearld part of team honored with major prize for work with vulnerable communities in the Caribbean
  • Sepsis Dart Implementation

    HSA scholars, Allyson G. Hall & Larry R. Hearld, are collaborating with UAB hospital on implementing the Detection and Response Tool (DART) – a CDSS that is designed to quickly diagnose and treat patients with sepsis- to demonstrate how a health system undergoing a Learning Health System transformation can leverage insights from a quality improvement program to build capacity to evaluate programs and continue to improve quality. The UABHS would like this implementation and a corresponding evaluation of its effectiveness and eventual scale-up to other units to serve as a ‘learning laboratory’ to guide subsequent program implementations and build evaluation capacity that is required of Learning Health Systems. “Sepsis Dart Implementation” project received a one-year grant from AHRQ.

  • Machine Learning Solution for ED Overcrowding Problem

    Dr. Abdulaziz Ahmed, an Assistant Professor of Health Informatic at the HSA department, published an article titled "An Integrated Optimization and Machine Learning Approach to Predict the Admission Status of Emergency Patients" in Expert Systems with Applications, which is a top tier journal with IF of 6.9. This research discusses a very important topic in machine learning model development, which is hyperparameter optimization. In this research, researchers built a framework based on the Tabu search Algorithm for optimizing the hyperparameters of three machine learning algorithms: Xgboost, Adaboost, and Neural Network. The proposed framework for predicting the admission disposition of emergency patients based on patient data at the time of triage is implemented. The proposed models can mitigate the crowding problem by proactively planning the patient boarding process. The work was done in collaboration with professors from Penn State University, Auburn University, and UAB Collat Business School.

  • Christy Harris Lemak, PhD, FACHE selected as recipient of the 2022 Gary L. Filerman Prize for Educational Leadership

    Congratulations to Christy Harris Lemak, PhD, FACHE, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Services Administration, for being selected as the recipient of the 2022 Gary L. Filerman Prize for Educational Leadership for her outstanding contributions to the field of health administration education, exhibiting leadership in the field, and enriching the institution, students, and health administration education through her excellent work.

  • A machine learning framework for addressing emergency department overcrowding problem

    Dr. Abdulaziz Ahmed, in collaboration with Dr. James Booth, Sherichia Hardy, and Brittany Freeman- Lindsey is working on a project titled: A machine learning framework for addressing emergency department overcrowding problem. They will build a machine learning-based framework for addressing ED overcrowding problem. The project is awarded from the SHP.

  • Health Equity Research Grant by the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA)-Arthritis Foundation

    Dr. Monica S. Aswani, in collaboration with Dr. Melissa Mannion and Dr. Emily Smitherman in the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology at UAB Children's Hospital of Alabama, were awarded a Health Equity Research Grant by the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA)-Arthritis Foundation. The CARRA Registry aims to address the challenges associated with pediatric rheumatology research by collecting longitudinal data from patients across multiple centers. The value of such a data repository, however, is contingent upon the degree to which captured data represent the target patient population. Thus, the proposed research aims to assess the representativeness of the CARRA registry participants, which can have significant implications for the generalizability of findings, accuracy in measuring and analyzing disparities, and equity in disease prevention, care, and/or outcomes.

  • We Care

    HSA scholars, Allyson G. Hall & Katherine A. Meese, are collaborating with School of Nursing and UAB Medicine on “WE CARE” – Workforce Engagement for Compassionate Advocacy, Resilience, and Empowerment – to prevent burnout, suicide, mental health conditions, and substance use disorders, and promote resilience among registered nurses (RNs), patient care technicians (PCTs), nursing faculty and students, and nurses throughout Alabama. In this project, the researchers will use train-the-trainer methodology and evidence-based interventions such as: The Community Resilience Model (CRM)™, Psychological First Aid (PFA), Peer Support and Response (PSR), and Professional counseling. “WE CARE” project received a $2.1 million grant over 3-years from HRSA!

  • COVID-19 study published in JAMA Network Open

    A study, which included researchers Sangeetha Padalabalanarayanan and Vidya Sagar Hanumanthu as co-first authors, was published in JAMA Network Open and suggests that in the complete absence of stay-at-home orders, the United States could have seen 220 percent higher rates of infection and a 22 percent higher fatality rate than if stay-at-home orders had been implemented nationwide. Read more

  • Thirumalai awarded $1.5 million grant

    Mohanraj Thirumalai, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Health Services Administration, has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research. The three-year grant is part of the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects funding program for AI-assisted telehealth platform for people with disabilities. Read more

  • Faculty Research Spotlight: Larry Herald

    Larry Hearld is the Director, PhD in Administration-Health Services program and an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Association. Read more

  • HSA Health Informaticians lead GuideSafe™ development

    Sue Feldman, Ph.D., professor and director of Graduate Programs in Health Informatics, is leading UAB's GuideSafe™ platform along with Mohanraj Thirumalai, Ph.D., assistant professor of health informatics in the Department of Health Services Administration. GuideSafe™ is a multitool platform encompassing the formerly announced Stay Safe TogetherTM and Testing for Alabama initiatives. Read more

  • Ria Hearld part of team honored with major prize for work with vulnerable communities in the Caribbean

    How do you get a reliable count of people who often are stigmatized and are afraid to be identified? That was the problem facing a team of researchers that included Ria Hearld, associate professor, Department of Health Services Administration, who were working to determine the population size of men who have sex with men, transgender women and female sex workers in six Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States countries. Read more

Mission and Impact

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HSA’s mission of developing leaders to shape tomorrow’s healthcare has deep roots in our research and scholarly activities. Knowledge created from our research is then used in our classrooms, to influence and shape policy and to improve healthcare practice. Our unique blend of interdisciplinary health services research brings together health administration, informatics, quality and safety, simulation and a variety of methods such as implementation, health, and data science as well as econometrics to create synergies that allow us to amplify our impact on healthcare.

Our faculty collaborate with stakeholders from across the healthcare spectrum, and engage our alumni and students in practice and policy-relevant research every day. Our research focuses on solving problems today as well as producing evidence that support future studies and policy for tomorrow.

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