Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI) was awarded $500,000 from The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation to expand the Rural Oklahoma Network (ROK-Net). The program joins nearly 200 research networks in efforts to improve health care across the nation.
CHSI is a joint partnership between the OSU Spears School of Business and the OSU Center for Health Sciences.
“We are honored to receive support from the trustees of The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation,” said William Paiva, director of CHSI. “They share our vision for a healthier rural Oklahoma, one that can be achieved through tight connections to the needs of rural health care.”
Out of thousands of international participants, Oklahoma State University Management Science and Information Systems doctoral student Pankush Kalgotra’s research impressed the judges at the annual INFORMS poster presentation in Nashville, Tenn.
The three-round poster competition involves a series of reviews and evaluations by experts in the field. Out of 25 finalists per day, the judges select three winners over the course of two days. Kalgotra was selected as the third-place winner for one of the competition days.
“Our poster analyzed the network of diseases,” Kalgotra said. “We created a comorbidity network and examined how this network impacts a patient’s length of hospital stay. For example, if a patient develops a disease that highly relates to other diseases, the patient is likely to get other diseases as well over time. This can impact his/her length of stay. Our model can be directly implemented in to hospitals today because our model beats the existing models.” Continue Reading
The conference is sponsored by the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Systems Innovation, the Spears School of Business and the Center for Health Sciences and designed for health systems administrators, project leaders in health care/providers, administrators in charge of quality outcome measures, health care financial analysts, clinical quality officials and directors, payers, insurance providers, and medical directors.
“This conference brings together some of the leading experts in healthcare and analytics from across the nation to Oklahoma,” said William Paiva, executive director of the Center for Health Systems Innovation. “They will provide real-world examples of how to use predictive and population health analytics to improve clinical outcomes, increase care delivery efficiency, and manage costs more effectively.”
The conference is sponsored by the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Systems Innovation, the Spears School of Business and the Center for Health Sciences and is designed for health systems administrators, project leaders in health care/providers, administrators in charge of quality outcome measures, health care financial analysts, clinical quality officials and directors, payers, insurance providers and medical directors.
“This conference brings together some of the leading experts in health care and analytics from across the nation to Oklahoma,” said William Paiva, executive director of the Center for Health Systems Innovation. “They will provide real-world examples of how to use predictive and population health analytics to improve clinical outcomes, increase care delivery efficiency, and manage costs more effectively.”
More than 100 Oklahoma State University graduate students representing seven colleges participated in the inaugural Health Data Shootout competition, hosted by OSU’s Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI).
The competition was open to all majors. Students formed groups and tackled problems ranging from specific diseases like renal failure to disease progression and clinical decisions by analyzing clinical data from about 250,000 Native American patients from the Cerner HealthFacts Data Warehouse. The competition was judged by medical professionals from Stillwater Medical Clinic, Cerner Corporation and Cherokee Nation Health Services.
“Clearly, there is a strong interest at OSU in health care analytics,” said William Paiva, executive director for CHSI. “Across the board, the judges were amazed by the quality of the analytics produced by these teams in just two short weeks. This speaks to the first-class analytics education our students are getting at OSU and their passion in addressing real-world health challenges.” Continue Reading
Registration is now open for Oklahoma State University’s second annual Rural Health Innovation Weekend to be held Nov. 4-6 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center on the Stillwater campus.
Hosted by the OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI), the event brings health care professionals together with entrepreneurs and innovators, including engineering, computer science, and information technology experts, to create solutions to challenges facing rural health and health care. By pairing field experts with those skilled in developing and building proposed responses to identified needs, start-up weekends have for years successfully cultivated cutting-edge approaches to addressing the needs of various industries.
“CHSI is excited to bring this event to Stillwater, which is a hub of rural health care for many communities,” said William Paiva, CHSI executive director. “We welcome individuals, professionals, and administrators from the surrounding area, the region, and the nation to participate in this exciting, open-architecture weekend. Last year’s event brought together 91 participants from five states who developed 10 prototypes and products, with three currently entering the marketplace.”
The Center for Health Systems Innovation’s Center for Predictive Medicine and the Center for Sovereign Nations at Oklahoma State University are hosting the Health Data Shootout competition this fall.
Cerner Corporation donated the country’s largest clinical database to OSU’s Center for Predictive Medicine. The de-identified patient dataset includes clinical, laboratory, pharmacy, and demographic information. For this health data shootout, a 249,000-record American Indian dataset was created where the patient’s name, identifying information, and tribal affiliation were removed. Continue Reading
Students participated in the inaugural Health Data Explorers program at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI) in the spring.
The program was created to allow students to gain valuable skills in analyzing health data and creating models from the information. Students are given a subset of data to analyze and use for any class projects needed and turn in their findings to the Center. The experience helps initiate students into the world of health data and its unique issues.
“When we first started the program, we were in need of more help analyzing the health data we received from the Cerner Corporation,” said Elvena Fong, program manager at CHSI. “A lot of students have come to us in the past wanting data, but it was a challenge when they didn’t have a specific topic in mind. So we decided to create a program to meet these two needs.”
Tanu Srivastav, a master’s student in the Management Science and Information Systems program, was able to secure a summer internship thanks to the experience she gained from the Health Data Explorers program. She said the analytical work broadened her knowledge in the health analytics field.
“My experience with CHSI was tremendous,” Srivastav said. “This program opened the door for me in the field of health analytics. Performing data analysis on health data is very different; the information is so sensitive and critical that you cannot just perform any sort of imputation, you have to be thorough. This type of information can lead to more efficient processes for the health care field.”
“When we first started this initiative, we didn’t know what to expect,” Fong said. “It has turned out to be a big win for everyone.”
The OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI) operates at the crossroads of the Spears School of Business and the Health Sciences Center. CHSI is focused on discovering and implementing solutions for the transformation of rural health care delivery.
To learn more about the OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation, visit the organization’s website at http://chsi.okstate.edu/.
(STILLWATER, OKLA. Sept. 22, 2015) – A pair of Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business graduates – Tim DuBois and Neal Patterson – are being recognized today by AACSB International (AACSB), the oldest and best-known global accrediting body and membership association for business schools,, as two of the first-ever 100 AACSB Influential Leaders.
The work of DuBois and Patterson exemplifies the innovative mindset and meaningful contributions to society that OSU graduates display around the world and every day – whether they operate within large corporations, small businesses, or the nonprofit sector.
“We are very pleased to have Tim and Neal receive this award. Tim has been a leader in the music industry for a number of years, and Neal and Cerner are leaders in the medical technology industry,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School. “Their success is a great example of what can be accomplished with an OSU education. We in the Spears School are honored and proud to be the only business school in the state to have graduates selected to be recognized as Influential Leaders by the AACSB.”
Dr. Scott Shepherd is joining the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI) as the group’s first medical director. Shepherd will be leading CHSI’s care delivery projects which will be creating and testing solutions to some of rural health’s most entrenched problems.
A 2004 OSU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training, Shepherd earned his medical degree from the OSU Center for Health Sciences in 2008 and completed the internal medicine and pediatrics residency program from the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa School of Community Medicine in 2012.
“We are ecstatic to be able to attract such a high quality physician to CHSI, validating the center’s innovation model focused on improving rural and Native American health care,” said William D. Paiva, executive director for the Center for Health Systems Innovation. “From the very first meeting it was clear that Dr. Shepherd has a passion of health care innovation.”
The Oklahoma State University Center for Health Systems Innovation presented inaugural awards recognizing excellence in care delivery and data analytics to two OSU alumni.
Ipe Paramel received the Patterson Foundation Outstanding Innovator: Care Delivery award and Vedika Dengada was the recipient of the Patterson Outstanding Innovator: Data Analytics award.
“These innovators exemplify the mission of the OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation to transform health care through creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship,” said William Paiva, Ph.D., executive director of OSU-CHSI. “Through innovation projects being conducted in the field by team members like Ipe Paramel and Vedika Dengada, OSU will improve health care delivery methods for physicians and health outcomes for their patients.”
The Oklahoma State University Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI) will be joining several OSU Rural Health Network primary care physicians in a ground-breaking study to discover incidence and management of silent atrial fibrillation.
The OSU Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved this new study, CHSI’s second rural health project, on Dec. 17, 2014.
A growing problem in health care is the clinical and financial impact of asymptomatic atrial fibrillation because it is most regularly found after stroke. Research has shown that early detection and treatment of atrial fibrillation with oral anticoagulants reduces strokes by 64 percent.
This semester, CHSI will launch a project looking into the rural incidence of silent atrial fibrillation by utilizing a new handheld electrocardiogram (ECG) device, The AliveCor® Heart Monitor, a mobile, clinical-quality ECG recorder which snaps onto an iPod, iPhone or other smart phone models. While holding the device, a patient can learn in 30 seconds whether he or she is experiencing atrial fibrillation. This FDA-approved device is user-friendly, fast to produce results, and an affordable resource for rural clinics.
William Paiva was recently named the new executive director of Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI). Paiva, a health and biotech venture capitalist who has served as a board of director for the CHSI since its establishment in 2012, proves that he’s more than qualified for the position with his numerous abilities.
Paiva, an Oklahoma native, moved East while attending business school and then worked in investment banking and in the pharmaceutical industry before returning to Oklahoma in 2000 to enter the venture capital industry. For the past 14 years he has been investing in cutting edge health care companies through Sevin Rosen Funds, Chisholm Private Capital and the Oklahoma Life Science Fund. In addition, he’s also taught venture capital courses and entrepreneurship classes at OSU’s Spears School of Business, Tulsa University and the University of Oklahoma
He brings more than 25 years of venture-capital, biomedical-industry and management-consulting experience to the CHSI. He specializes in identifying early-stage venture opportunities at the intersection of traditional information technology sectors and health care.