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Leadership Training in a Value-Based, Data-Driven Environment

Special issue call for papers from Leadership in Health Services

Guest Editors:
Jullet A. Davis
Division of Health Care Management
School of Allied Health Sciences
Florida A&M University
334 Palmer Avenue
Lewis-Beck Building, Room 316
Tallahassee, FL 32307
Phone: (850) 561-2007;
Email: [email protected]

Leigh W. Cellucci
Health Services and Information Management
College of Allied Health Sciences
East Carolina University
2150 W. 5th St.
HSIM Suite 4340
Greenville, NC  27834
Phone (252) 744-6072
Email:  [email protected]

Improving the delivery of health care services is a critical goal of managers and practitioners alike. Since the passage of Medicaid and Medicare in the United States and similar reimbursement systems abroad, health care leaders have sought methods by which to capture, quantify, and apply decision-making data to control ever increasing costs. Yet, the call to balance payment reforms with service delivery specific to the needs of the patient and family is critical (Elf, et al., 2017). As we consider what data are necessary to meet regulatory and managerial requirements, we must also focus on how we train new managers and practitioners, or re-train those currently in the field, to appropriately use data in order to add value.

The Guo, Farnsworth, and Hermanson (2015) study reported that hospital administrators were more likely to reply on organizational data, colleagues, their own wisdom and experiences, and lastly, scientific research findings when faced with a decision-making dilemma. Yet, when asked why they did not use more evidence-based management practices, they reported they lacked both time and training. Should educators teach students how to manipulate and apply data appropriately, we may discover that they will enter the workplace ready to incorporate evidence-based practices into their decision-making processes. Aikat, (2017) came to a similar conclusion and stated that “… the time is right to embed data-centered learning within our educational system and, thus, generate the talent required to fully harness the potential of big data” (pg. 12). The key in health services leadership is to ensure that the patient’s needs are the emphasis of this data-driven decision-making.

The focus of this special issue is on the value-based, data-driven techniques applied by those involved with leadership training. More specifically, what data are used in the training process, how effective are these data, and what data do we still need. 
Manuscripts may address:
•    Data from the patient’s or user’s perspective that may be used to inform future managers and practitioners on users define value-based care.
•    National/regional/state-level data will help local leaders spot trends impacting organizational leadership challenges.
•    Excluding data required by regulatory bodies, what are the decision-making data needs of managers and leaders?
•    Techniques employed by academics to train students to gather, manipulate, and apply data specific to value-based care.
•    Research exploring whether or not health services leadership and student training is sufficiently data-driven.
•    Factual case studies focused on the application and/or outcomes of data use within health care organizations.

Value-based activities focus on:

•    Technological innovations that make services more patient-centered, convenient, and efficient.
•    Alternative financing strategies that allow health care providers the flexibility to give patients the necessary care and unique support.
•    Core metrics for measuring collective progress and aligning providers, payers, and policy makers on the outcomes that matter the most.
•    Local collaborations that connect health and social services to improve health outcomes at the community level.


Aikat, J., Carsey, T. M., Fecho, K., Jeffay, K., Krishnamurthy, A., Mucha, P. J., ... Ahalt, S. C. (2017). Scientific training in the era of big data: A new pedagogy for graduate education. Big Data, 5(1), 12-18.

Elf, M., Flink, M., Nilsson, M., Tistad, M., von Koch, L., & Ytterberg, C. (2017). The case of value-based healthcare for people living with complex long-term conditions. BMC Health Services Research, 17(1), 24.
Guo, R., Farnsworth, T., &  Hermanson, P. (2015). Information Resources for Hospital Administrator Health Care Management Decision-Making. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 15(3),

Submission Procedure:

Submissions to this journal are through the ScholarOne submission system here:

Please visit the author guidelines for the journal at which gives full details. Please ensure you select this special issue from the relevant drop down menu on page four of the submission process.

Extended Submission Deadline:

31st January 2018