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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015

OSU-CHSI using database to find clues to improve rural health care delivery

Paiva
Paiva

With the assistance of a massive database containing electronic medical records from more than 50 million patients and hundreds of hospitals collected over a 14-year span, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Systems Innovation is uncovering novel ways to enhance health care delivery in rural Oklahoma.

“The database is a treasure trove for OSU as it provides a broad spectrum of rich clinical, laboratory, pharmacy and billing data that, to my knowledge, is unmatched,” said William Paiva, Ph.D., executive director of OSU-CHSI. “The Cerner Health Facts database is an integral part of our mission to improve operational, clinical and financial outcomes in health care through the use of descriptive and predictive analytics.”

The database is one of the largest HIPAA-compliant relational databases in existence. Billions of pieces of data with information about patient encounters, admission types, billed charges, clinical outcomes, medications and more can be transformed into charts and graphs that reveal areas where improvements are needed. Read more.

Research Spotlight: Dinosaur research reveals details about modern animals

Ballard
Ballard

The study of microscopic structures within the bones of long-extinct vertebrates is leading to new discoveries about the lives of modern animals, according to Holly Woodward Ballard, Ph.D., OSU-CHS assistant professor of anatomy.

“We can determine from fossilized bones how old a dinosaur was when it died, how fast it was growing from year to year, whether it was an adult or a juvenile when it died and sometimes if it was male or female,” Ballard said. “We determine this information by looking at modern bone in comparison. To answer questions of the past, we are actually learning more about the animals of today.”

Fossil bones contain much greater detail and information about the lives of extinct animals like dinosaurs than previously believed. Through paleohistology – the study of the microstructure of mineralized tissues in fossil bones – researchers are learning more than ever before. Read more.

Rural Health receives Orange Power Award

Jeff Hackler, left, Vicky Pace, Jan Barber,  Steve Casady, Angela Surratt, Chad Landgraf and Denna Wheeler accept the 2015  Orange Power Award for the Office of Rural Health
Jeff Hackler, left, Vicky Pace, Jan Barber, Steve Casady, Angela Surratt, Chad Landgraf and Denna Wheeler accept the 2015 Orange Power Award for the Office of Rural Health

OSU-CHS Department of Rural Health is the recipient of the 2015 Orange Power Award that is presented to an individual or department that is a champion of energy conservation on campus.

Angelyn Holmes, assistant director of facilities management at OSU-CHS and energy education manager for OSU in Tulsa, presented the award at a special ceremony last Thursday at the university. She noted that the department has maintained 25 percent in savings since OSU in Tulsa implemented the energy conservation program in 2007. OSU-CHS has produced $1.7 million in savings since then.

Those in attendance representing the department include Jeff Hackler, J.D., assistant to the dean for rural service programs and chair of rural health; Vicky Pace, director of rural medicine education; Jan Barber, administrative coordinator; Steve Casady, director of TeleHealth; Angela Surratt, TeleHealth help desk representative; Chad Landgraf, GIS specialist and Denna Wheeler, Ph.D., director of rural research and evaluation. To learn more about contributing to conservation efforts at OSU-CHS, visit the energy conservation website.

Get energized at the Fall Staff Conference

OSU-CHS staff and faculty can get invigorated at Energize, the 2015 Fall Staff Conference on Thursday, Nov. 19 or Friday, Nov. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center.

The keynote speaker will be Clay Staires, a former high school teacher and coach who now travels the country as “The Millionaire School Teacher.” He has been ranked as Oklahoma’s top motivational speaker by GigMasters, a national online booking agency. He will discuss creating “viral” customer service experiences.

Other speakers and topics include Jamie Edford, web manager for OSU Marketing and Communications in Tulsa, presenting on being a social media ambassador; OSU-Tulsa Police Chief Melvin Murdock providing insight on what to do if there is an incident on campus; and Angelyn Holmes, assistant director of facilities management at OSU-CHS and energy education manager for OSU in Tulsa, presenting on sustainability programs at the university.

Lunch will be provided for registered participants. For the complete conference schedule and to register, visit the Fall Staff Conference website.

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