MedStaff Update: October 2012
As the health care landscape evolves, so too must the players. In a major departure from its main focus on providing highly complex, quaternary care, Stanford Hospital & Clinics is revitalizing a somewhat forgotten segment of its vast system — primary care.
While Stanford had been slow to embrace the use of hospitalists until just a few years ago, it has been quick to innovate in this burgeoning field, bringing hospitalists into surgical co-management of patients in neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery and orthopaedic surgery.
The first-ever Medicine X conference at Stanford explored the potential of social media and information technology to advance the practice of medicine, improve health and empower patients to be active participants in their own care. Nearly 450 attendees from 30 countries flocked to the Li Ka Shing Center to talk about the future of medicine.
A patient underwent an elective cardiac surgery in the operating room. At the end of the case, the final sponge count revealed one sponge that was unaccounted for. Read more about the team approach to promote patient safety in this "lessons learned" story.
FEATURED GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
A New Day for Primary Care
By Sang-ick Chang, MD, MPH, Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs
Whenever I tell people here at Stanford that I have been newly hired to help expand primary care, I usually encounter incredulity followed by sympathy (if they like me). They say, "But Stanford isn't interested in primary care. Did you know…" And what follows is usually some tidbit that illustrates how implausible the proposition is. For example, "Did you know that all the staff and faculty go to PAMF?" Or as one chair said, "Stanford primary care? That's an oxymoron." My usual answer is that this is a new day. I tell them I believe there are three reasons why Stanford wants and needs primary care today.