Dr. Donna Malvey has been featured in Brevard Business News discussing the changing health care environment, and new opportunities for students in the Health Services Administration programs. Read the full article here.
Dr. Fottler will be travelling to Seville, Spain this summer to present a collaborative paper on medical tourism. Authors include Dr. Donna Malvey, doctoral student Yara Asi, and alumni Natalia Warren and Sarah Kirchner.
Congratulations to Bernardo Ramirez for his promotion to Associate Professor! Dr. Ramirez serves as the Program Director for the Executive Masters Program in Health Services Administration, and as the director of Global Health Initiatives.
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Bernardo Ramirez (above, center) on receiving an Honorable Mention in the competition for the inaugural Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching! Learn more about the award.
(Dr. Ramirez, Dr. Unruh, Mr. Zeini, Ms. Popescu, and Dr. Masri. Not pictured: Paul
Needham and Pamela Medina)
Faculty and Students Attend MBAA International Conference
A group of faculty (Dr. Maysoun Dimachkie Masri, Dr. Lynn Unruh, and Dr. Bernardo Ramirez) and students (Ibrahim Zeini, Cristina Popescu, Paul Needham, and Pamela Medina) from the Department of Health Management and Informatics participated and presented at the 49th Annual MBAA International Conference, February 27-March 1, 2013, at the Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL. This panel discussion organized by Dr. Dimachkie Masri addressed problems and potential solutions regarding supply, coomposition, distribution, retention, and migration of physicians and nurses, who typically lead effective health teams. Fortifying the healthcare workforce is critical to successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which is intended to increase the quality, access, and safety for patients in the United States. The participants discussed and shared their research, experiences, and ideas for making progress on this pressing issue.
MOOC Featured in UCF At Work
Dr. Ramirez has been featured in "UCF At Work" for pioneering a "Massive Open Online Course" in International Health Systems. Read the full story here.
Fottler named to top 100 Great Health Administration Professors and Leaders
Myron Fottler has been recognized as one of the top 100 Great Health Administration Professors and leaders. See the full article here.
Joseph Myszkowski awarded Order of the Pegasus
Joseph Myszkowski, graduate student in Health Services Administration, was awarded the prestigious Order of the Pegasus award. This award recognizes exemplary performance based on academic achievement, professional and community service, and leadership.
Hampton and Phelan Offered Assistantship with Congress on Healthcare Leadership
Kelly Hampton and Maria Phelan, two students in Healthcare Administration, have been accepted as Program Assistants for the 2013 Congress on Healthcare Leadership.
New Scholarship Opportunity for Graduate Students
Central Logic, a health care technology company based in South Jordan, Utah, has announced the availability of scholarship support for graduate students in health administration. The company will award two Healthcare Innovators Patient Flow Scholarships, worth $3,000 and $1,500, this year. Students will be evaluated by academic standing and a written essay. Applications must be submitted by March 15. Learn more and apply at www.centrallogic.com/scholarship.
Liberman Comments on Growth of Local Health Care
Aaron Liberman, professor of health services administration, recently shared his thoughts on the expansion of local health care facilities in an article in the Orlando Business Journal.
Ramirez to Teach International Health Systems
Bernardo Ramirez, assistant professor of health management, will teach a free online course on "International Health Systems" during the spring 2013 semester. He will be one of just two faculty members at UCF to teach a course using Canvas Network, a platform for delivering massive open, online courses (MOOC). The course is open to the world. “The purpose of this course is not only to learn about the way different cultures and individuals perceive and approach health care, but also how health professionals and organizations respond to managing health systems and providing healthcare,” according to the course announcement. Learn more/enroll at www.canvas.net/courses/international-health-systems (view in IE 9, Mozilla or Safari web browsers)
Afonso Receives College's 2012 Rising Star Award
Sara Afonso (B.S. in accounting, '08; M.S. in health
sciences - health services administration '10)
College of Health and Public Affairs' 2012 Rising Star
Award at the Black & Gold Gala, held Nov. 1 in the UCF Arena. The award recognizes alumni who distinguish themselves through professional accomplishments and service to the university and community in the first five years after graduation from UCF. Afonso is employed as a financial adviser with United Healthcare,
serves as chair of UCF's Health Services Administration Alumni
Williams Receives $2,000 Scholarship From Regional Professional Society
Rebecca Williams, a student in the master's degree program in health care informatics, has been selected to receive a $2,000 scholarship from the Central & North Florida Chapter of the Health Information Management Systems Society. The scholarship award recognizes her contributions to the industry and desire to improve patient care through health information technology. In addition to being a graduate student, Williams is an MIS (management information systems) technology business analyst with Florida Hospital.
Libermans Endow Scholarship at UCF
A scholarship fund established by Joan Liberman, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice, and Aaron Liberman, professor of health services administration, will reward health services administration graduate students who are exceptional writers.
Liberman Interviewed About Dental Tourism
Aaron Liberman, professor of health services administration, recently weighed in on dental services abroad during an interview with reporter Greg Warmoth of WFTV Channel 9 news.
Wrigley to Serve on Phi Kappa Phi's Council of Students
Crystal Walsh Wrigley, a new graduate of the M.S. in Health Sciences, Health Services Administration Track, program has been selected to serve on the 2012-2014 Council of Students of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest, largest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. As a council member, Wrigley will represent the student perspective of Phi Kappa Phi, participate in chapter meetings and ceremonies, and promote the organization to students. In August, she will attend the Phi Kappa Phi Convention in St. Louis, Mo., where she will explore opportunities for the council to be involved in the honor society.
Health Care Employment Continues Growing Faster Than Other Sectors
Health-care employers continued hiring at a brisk pace last month, according to this online report posted by Kaiser Health News. Read more.
Health Care Risk Management Licensure Course
The College of Health and Public Affairs and UCF Continuing Education now offer a completely online health care risk management licensure course. The faculty coordinator for the program is Aaron Liberman, professor of health services administration. Learn more
Lytle Selected As Best Undergraduate Professor
Congratulations to Steve Lytle, associate professor of health services administration, on his selection to be featured in The Best 300 Professors, published by The Princeton Review. His selection was based on data from survery findings and ratings collected by both The Princeton Review and RateMyProfessors.com. While at UCF, Lytle has taught 62 different courses and helped to invent and foster the concept of online teaching and learning. Learn more
Congratulations Founders' Day Honorees!
Alice Noblin, director of the health management and informatics program, received the University Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Faculty Advising.
Click on the link above to learn more.
Health Care Informatics Information Session
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Please contact Tina Yeung at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Debate: "Healthcare Reform — What Should the Supreme Court Do?"
7 p.m., University Club of Winter Park, 841 Park Ave., Winter Park, Fla.
Open to the public. The respective debaters will be Myron Fottler, Ph.D., vs. Lynn Unruh, Ph.D.,
professors of health services administration at UCF. "These two are acknowledged experts on the subject at hand and they have vastly
different views of what should occur," said Aaron Liberman, also a professor of
health services administration at UCF. Contact: email@example.com
HMI Outlook - Spring 2012
Read the department's latest news in the inaugural issue of HMI Outlook.
Students Learn the Latest in Scanning Technology Thanks to IOD, Inc.
Health informatics and information management students recently gained first-hand experience using the latest in medical record scanning technology thanks to IOD, Inc. Andrew Bressers, a project manager with IOD Professional Services and a member of UCF’s Health Information Management Advisory Board, offered the opportunity when he learned the HIIM program had a need to store about 1,000 paper medical records in an electronic format. “I suggested that we make it a class project so students in our professional practice class [HIM 4816] could get involved and learn about the scanning process,” said Alice Noblin, director of UCF's HIIM program. On Nov. 8, the students prepared some of the records to be scanned, and the following day they traveled to IOD, Inc.’s office in Eustis, Fla., to watch Bressers scan the records. Afterwards, the students indexed them. “The indexing process is where they link the images to the record type so the record can be searched based on common parts of the record,” Noblin explained. Bressers and Noblin plan to offer this same opportunity to students next spring “to expose as many students as possible to the technology.” Click here for photos.
Do Top-Performing Nursing Homes Sacrifice Quality of Care?
Today's issue of The Daily State, an online publication produced by Harvard Business Review, leads with an article about a recent study by Reid Oetjen, assistant professor of health services administration, published in the Journal of Health Care Finance. Click on the title above to read the article.
Congratulations to Bernardo Ramirez, assistant professor of health services administration, on his appointment to the Board of Directors of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. Ramirez is one of 17 board members from organizations across the country. He will serve a three-year term.
Unruh Launches NIH-Funded Study of Patient Safety and Quality in Hospitals
Professor Lynn Unruh is co-investigator of a new study titled "Benchmarking Patient Safety and Quality in U.S. Hospitals: The Stochastic Frontier Approach." The two-year project is funded by a $97,446 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality within the National Institutes of Health.
Unruh and co-investigator Richard Hofler from the UCF Department of Economics will introduce and test the use of stochastic frontier analysis -- a method of economic modeling -- for benchmarking health care quality and safety. "We will also provide initial results regarding best-practice frontier levels and gaps in quality and safety, and predictors of those gaps in a large national sample of U.S. hospitals. The project will advance the ability to assess and compare hospitals on specific quality indicators and will serve as a foundation for broader applications."
Liberman on Health Care Reform
Department Chair and Professor Aaron Liberman spoke about health care reform at a meeting of the League of Women Voters of Seminole County earlier this year. Click on the title above for an audiotape of his comments.
Alice Noblin, director of the Program in Health Informatics and Information Management, and Reid Oetjen, assistant professor of health services administration, received the college's Excellence in Undegraduate Teaching award for 2011 at UCF's Founders' Day event. Read more
Health services administration major Eric Boehm received the college's Most Outstanding Student award for 2011 at UCF's annual Founders' Day event. Read more
UCF Takes Second Place in National Health Administration Case Competition
|The winning team: health services administration graduate students Sara Cox (left) and Natalia Warren (right) with Will Ferniany, chief executive officer, UAB Health System
National Health Care Discussion Video Available Online
A lively discussion on health care reform featuring members of UCF's health services administration program was held in the Student Union on Oct. 5, 2010. Click here or on the title above to view the discussion online.
"Health Care Reform: The Good, Bad and Ugly"
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sergio's Restaurant, 2985 S. Orlando Drive (17-92), Sanford, Fla.
Department Chair Aaron Liberman discussed the impact of the health care reform bill. Sponsored by the Seminole County League of Women Voters. Cost included lunch: $13 for league members, $15 for all others.
Reservations were required: 407-339-9266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nurses at Six Florida Hospitals Join National Union
(Includes commentary by Lynn Unruh, associate professor of health services administration at UCF.)
Health Care Town Hall Meeting
1 to 5 p.m., Renaissance Senior Center, South Econ Community Park
3800 S. Econolockhatchee Trail, Orlando
This event for the public will include a presentation on health care reform by Professor Aaron Liberman,
interim chair of the Department of Health Management and Informatics (see www.healthcaremovement.org/Seminar_Speakers.html). Liberman is scheduled to
speak at 1 p.m. and again at 3 p.m. He will respond to questions after each presentation. For full event information, visit www.healthcaremovement.org/.
National Health Care Panel Discussion
12 to 1 p.m., Student Union, Pegasus Ballroom
Four panelists with expertise in health care -- Drs. Myron Fottler, Aaron
Liberman, Lynn Unruh and Mr. Charles Pierce -- will discuss the health care bill
passed earlier this year. Topics will include the cost of health care, future of
health care delivery and health care administration. The top two questions
submitted by students will be answered by the panelists. The event is sponsored
by the Health Services Administration Student Association. Doors open at 11:45
Grant to Provide Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students
Students in the College of Health and Public Affairs who face economic hardship
may be eligible to receive scholarship support thanks to federal funding that aims to increase the number of health
professionals working in underserved areas.
CompuTech City/SuiteMed Gift Aids Health Care Informatics Program
CompuTech City, a health information technology company, and its
California-based partner, SuiteMed, have donated software and technical support
valued at more than $2.2 million over five years to UCF's health care informatics program.
Department Chair Aaron Liberman was interviewed on the morning show of Fox 25 News. He described the changes that will occur in the next few years as a result of health care reform. Click here to view his interview.
The Office of Diversity Initiatives is accepting applications for the 2010-2011 Leadership Enhancement Program. Click here for more information. To download an application go to www.diversity.ucf.edu
The HSA Pulse reports news about the undegraduate and graduate programs in health services administration.
Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Debate on Health Care Reform at the
University Club of Winter Park
Professor Aaron Liberman, chair of the Department of Health Management and Informatics, participated in a debate on health care reform with Rich Morrison, corporate vice president for government affairs for Adventist Health Systems. In recent months, Liberman has shared his views on health care reform during multiple appearances on Fox 35 news. Morrison is a well-known and frequently quoted health care executive in Central Florida. The event was free and open to the public. For further information, contact Mr. Frank Barber at email@example.com or 407-260-6050.
NCG Medical Gift Aids Health Care Informatics Program
NCG Medical, an Electronic Health Records (EHR) company based in Central
Florida, has donated software and technical support valued at $1.25 million over
five years to the University of Central Florida.
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