• Ferhat Zengul, Ph.D., MBA, MAc is a full-time Assistant Professor in the Health Care Management Program in the Department of Health Services Administration, School of Health Professions (SHP) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Prior to joining the Health Care Management Program, he worked at UAB Hospital Finance and UABHS Facilities Planning and Capital Projects Office. He has over ten years of experience in financial management and accounting of capital projects.
    Dr. Zengul’s broad research focus is on the performance of healthcare organizations with an emphasis on clinical and financial performance. He is particularly interested in applying machine learning approaches in developing predictive models for clinical and financial performance research domain. He has used data/text mining techniques in variety of disciplines such as accounting, finance, nephrology, and infectious diseases. Dr. Zengul is a Certified Revenue Cycle Specialist from Healthcare Financial Management Association. He has been teaching courses such as Accounting and Finance for Healthcare Managers, Healthcare Economics, Revenue Cycle Management, Statistics, Ethics both in undergraduate and masters programs.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2020 Healthcare Research and Analytics Data Infrastructure Solution: A Data Warehouse for Health Services ResearchJournal of Medical Internet Research.  22. 2020
    2020 Predictors of Hospital-Acquired Clostridioides difficile Infection: A Systematic ReviewJournal for Healthcare Quality.  42:127-135. 2020
    2020 Research themes and trends in ten top-ranked nephrology journals: A text mining analysisAmerican Journal of Nephrology.  51:147-159. 2020
    2020 Nursing-sensitive indicators for nursing care: A systematic review (1997–2017) 2020
    2019 Patient Engagement Functionalities in U.S. Hospitals: Is Early Adoption Associated with Financial Performance?Journal of Healthcare Management.  64:381-396. 2019
    2019 Exploring corporate governance research in accounting journals through latent semantic and topic analyses 2019
    2019 Why medical tourists choose Turkey as a medical tourism destination?Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights.  2:296-306. 2019
    2019 Introduction to “health informatics, healthcare quality and safety, and healthcare simulation: the new triad to advance healthcare operations”Health Systems.  8:153-154. 2019
    2019 The emerging literature for the triad of health informatics, healthcare quality and safety, and healthcare simulationHealth Systems.  8:215-227. 2019
    2019 Do Medicare and Medicaid Payer-Mix Change After the Privatization of Public Hospitals? 2019
    2019 Hospital Competition and Financial Performance: A Meta-Analytic ApproachJournal of Health Care Finance2019
    2019 Interrelated Factors with Hospital Financial Performance from Hospital Managers’ PerspectiveJournal of Health Care Finance2019
    2019 Reduction in Hospitals' Readmission Rates: Role of Hospital-Based Skilled Nursing FacilitiesINQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing.  56. 2019
    2019 The Moderating Effect of Environmental Instability on the Hospital Strategy-Financial Performance RelationshipJournal of Health Care Finance2019
    2018 Examining the association between educational attainment and life expectancy in MENA region: A panel data analysisInternational Journal of Health Planning and Management.  33:e1124-e1136. 2018
    2018 Predicting graft survival among kidney transplant recipients: A Bayesian decision support modelDecision Support Systems.  106:97-109. 2018
    2018 The Impact of Hospital Competition on Strategies and Outcomes of Hospitals: A Systematic Review of the U.S. Hospitals 1996-2016Journal of Health Care Finance.  23-42. 2018
    2018 Illuminating informatics: Tracking the journey of electronic health data through health information systemsJournal of AHIMA / American Health Information Management Association.  89:40-43. 2018
    2018 Longitudinal analysis of high-technology medical services and hospital financial performanceHealth Care Management Review.  43:2-11. 2018
    2018 Patient perceptions of servicescape in healthcare: A systematic review of the literatureJournal of Healthcare Management.  63:94-104. 2018
    2018 Tracking Journey of Electronic Health Data through Health Information SystemsJournal of AHIMA / American Health Information Management Association.  01:40-44. 2018
    2017 Exploring the Association between Quality and Financial Performance in U.S. Hospitals: A Systematic ReviewJournal of Health Care Finance2017
    2017 Text-mining analysis of mHealth research.Mhealth.  3:53. 2017
    2016 Organizational and environmental factors associated with hospital financial performance: A systematic reviewJournal of Health Care Finance.  43:13-37. 2016
    2015 The Effects of High Fidelity Simulation on Nursing Students’ Perceptions and Self-Efficacy of Obstetric SkillsInternational Archives of Nursing and Healthcare.  1. 2015
    2014 Technological innovations and hospital performance: a systematic review of the literatureInnovation and Entrepreneurship in Health.  13-13. 2014
    2013 A Review of Evidence Based Design in Healthcare from Resource-Based PerspectiveJournal of Management Policy and Practice.  14:19-36. 2013
    Healthcare Research and Analytics Data Infrastructure Solution: A Data Warehouse for Health Services Research (Preprint)

    Research Overview

  • Accounting and Finance with a focus on healthcare; Revenue Cycle Management; Research Methods; Statistics; Data Analytics; Data/Text Mining; Developing Predictive Models using Machine Learning Algorithms; Process and Quality Performance Measures; Risk Prediction.
  • Teaching Overview

  • Accounting and Finance for Healthcare (Undergraduate)
    Revenue Cycle Management (Graduate)
    Statistics for Managers (Undergraduate)
    Economics for Healthcare Managers (Undergraduate)
    Ethics for Health Care Professionals (Undergraduate)
    Seminar in Research Methods (Doctorate)
    Research Ethics (Graduate)
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Health / Health Care Administration / Management, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2013
  • Bachelor of Business, 2004
  • Master of Business in Finance and Financial Management Services, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2004
  • Full Name

  • Ferhat Zengul