Core Directors: Sean, Abram, PhD and Felicia Bowens, MSM
Project Manager: Melissa Ambrosino

Core Objectives

  • Promote the establishment of a secure, interoperable health information infrastructure that connects providers, consumers, and others involved in health and healthcare within the states of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
  • Provide analytical support to DRI project evaluation and Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) efforts using predictive modeling software (i.e., Bayesian Modeling).


  • HIT Core in Collaboration with the Health Professional Shortage Core edits Perspectives in Health Information Management (PHIM), the peer-reviewed research journal of the American Health Information Management Associations’ Foundation.

To view current editions of PHIM, please visit 

HIT Core Partner Initiatives

Jackson State University

Behavioral and Environmental Health Equity Project (BEHEP)

The overall aim of BEHEP is to serve as a catalyst for building 21st century public health skills for public health/health professional practitioners and organizations to enhance delivery of quality services to disparate populations including rural, underserved, and vulnerable populations in the delta regions of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Collaboration, coordination/monitoring, and capacity-building serve as the project’s foundation and are infused throughout BEHEP’s major program components of 1) collaboration/network- building, 2) public health resource repository, 3) health /public health professional needs assessment, 4) trainings, and 5)Hispanic needs assessment.

Specific Goals:

  • To serve as a coordinating project to assure access and the provision of and/or linkage to trainings and certifications and leadership skill building.
  • To monitor the size, skills, and training of workforce in each Delta Region state (MS, AL, and LA).
  • To serve as a catalyst for 21st century skills for Public Health/Health Professional (PH/HP) practitioners, organizations, and small groups through provision of innovative training in core and crosscutting Public Health skills.
  • To complete tri-state Hispanic Health Needs Assessment

DecisionQ Corporation


Specific Goals:

  • To provide access to DecisionQ’s FasterAnalytics Software, Service, and Support to researchers at the DRI.
  • Provide on-site user training session for Institute researchers, including training on software use, data preparation, and modeling techniques.
  • To provide support to the Institute in modeling data, including but not limited to: advising on data preparation, assisting in modeling process and settings, assisting in custom configurations of the software, assisting in integration of the software with other systems, and assistance in model validation and interpretation.
  • Provide support to the Institute in the development of publications by providing technical specifications for materials and methods, assistance in developing interpretation, and drafting of publications.

 HIT Core Publications and Presentations


  1. Cassidy, Bonnie; Watzlaf,      Valerie; Shakespeare, Ellen; Zak, Cindy; Reynolds, Rebecca; Grebner, Leah;      Xiaoming, Zeng; Crossely, Vanda;       Glewwe, Cindy; Gordon, Leslie; Chatterjee, Samir; Strapoli,      Christine; Peterson, Patt; Rudman, William. “Teaching the Future: An      Educational Response to the AHIMA CORE Model”  Journal of AHIMA 82, no 10 (October      2011): 34-38
  2. Madison,      Mary; Rudman, William; Hart-Hester, Susan; Caputo, Nadine; French, Molly;      Jones, Warren “Leveraging Health Information Technology and Health      Information Management in Rural America: A Health Summit Commentary”      The Journal of Rural Health (2011) 1-4.
  3. Rudman,      W.J., Madison, M., Caputo, N., Hart-Hester, S., Jones, W. New Frontiers      for Health Information Management: Integrating Medical and Dental Records      to Improve Patient Care and Reduce Treatment Costs, Journal of the      American Health Information Management Association, 81, no.10 (October      2010): 36-39.
  4. Bowens, Felicia, M., Frye, Patricia, A., and      Jones, Warren, A. Health Information Technology: Integration of Clinical      Workflow into Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Record. Perspectives      in Health Information Management (Fall 2010): 1-18.
  5. Rudman,      W., Eberhardt, J., Pierce, W., Hart-Hester, S. “Healthcare Fraud and      Abuse, (2009), Perspectives in Health Information Management (Fall)      6:1-24
  6. Garvin,      J., Odom-Wesley, B., Rudman, W., Stewart, R. “Health Disparities and the      Role of the Personal Health Record” (2009) Journal of the American      Health Information Management Association
  7. The Progression of the      Roles and Functions of HIM Professionals: A Look into the Past, Present,      and Future      Valerie J. M. Watzlaf, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA; William J. Rudman, PhD; Susan      Hart-Hester, PhD; and Ping Ren (2009) Perspectives in Health      Information Management (Summer): 6:1-12
  8. Hart-Hester, S., Crockett,      K., Smith, P., Rudman, W.J. (2009) Elderly Suicide and Risk Assessment      Strategies Journal MSMA 50.#4 (April):107-111
  9. Hart-Hester, S., Jones, W.,      Watzlaf, V. J., Fenton, S., Nielson, C., Madison, M., Arthur, C., Marbury,      D., Rudman, L., Patterson, R., Reynolds, R. and W. Rudman, (2008) Impact      of Creating a Pay for Quality Improvement    Incentive      Program (P4QI) on Health Care Disparity: Leveraging HIT in Rural Hospitals      and Small Physician Offices. Perspectives in Health Information      Management.” (Fall) 3; 9:1-11.
  10. Rudman, W.J., Hart-Hester,      S, Brown, C.A., Choo, E., Pittman, s., Cohn, F. “Ethical Dilemmas in      Domestic Violence Codification” (2008) The Journal of Clinical Ethics Winter      19, 4353-359.
  11. Cohn, F., Goodman-Crews, P.,      Rudman, W.J., Schneiderman, L.J., Waldman, E., (2007) “Proactive Ethics      Consultation in the ICU: A Comparison of Value Perceived by Healthcare      Professionals and Recipients” The Journal of Clinical Ethics      (Summer) 18:2: 50-57.
  12. Garrett, P., Brown, C.A.,      Hart-Hester, S., Hamadain, E., Dixon, C., Pierce, W., Rudman, W.J.  (2006) “Identifying Barriers to the      adoption of new technology in rural hospitals: A case report” Perspective      in Health Information Management (Fall) 3; 9:1-11.


  1. Hart-Hester, S., Rudman, W., and Jones, W.      “Impact of integrating medical and dental records on research, policy, and      healthcare workforce” 139th APHA Annual Meetings October 29 –      November 2, 2011
  2. Katz, J., Rudman, W.  “The use of cell and smart phone      technology to create an interactive PHR” e-Global Health Meetings, Hamburg      Germany October 13-15, 2011
  3. Katz, J., Rudman, W.  “The use of cell and smart phone      technology to create an interactive PHR” AHIMA National Convention, Salt      Lake City, UT Oct 3-6, 2011.
  4. Rudman, W.J. The Importance of creating a      skilled workforce in HIM in Europe, The Delta Regional Workforce      Initiative, Brussels BLG June 22, 2011
  5. Cohn, F., Rudman, W.J., and Watzlaf, V. American Society for      Bioethics and Humanities, From ICD-9 to ICD-10: An opportunity to improve domestic violence      reimbursement and research San Diego CA, October 23, 2010
  6. Rudman,      W.J. AHIMA Foundation Research Initiatives. AHIMA National Convention,      Orlando, FL, October 5-10, 2010
  7. Rudman,      W.J. and Bowens, F. Patient Safety and the Role of Electronic Health      Records. AHIMA National Convention, Orlando, FL, October 5-10, 2010
  8. Rudman,      W.J. Grant Writing Workshop: Faculty Development, (Moderator) Assembly on Education      National Meetings, New Orleans, LA July 25-28, 2010