MedStaff Update: June 2013
Bill Newsome has been a busy man. In one month, he was appointed to co-lead the Obama Administration's Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) project, and selected to lead Stanford's new interdisciplinary Neuroscience Institute. Both ventures aim to bring collaboration and new technologies to understanding the grand challenge of the 21st century—the human brain.
Emergency departments are typically structured to attend to the sickest, most severely injured patients first. Two programs launched a year ago in Stanford's Emergency Department—Fast Track and Team Triage—have turned the traditional system on its side, bringing faster care to all patients and dramatically improving patient satisfaction.
Deluge. Tsunami. Tidal wave. These are just a few of the terms used to describe the onslaught of data being collected in health care at the first ever Big Data in Biomedicine Conference held at Stanford in May. Learning to convert this massive amount of biomedical data into practical, usable tools that relieve suffering, preserve health and enhance life is the next big challenge.
By Steve Chinn, DPM, MS, MBA, Director, Accreditation and Regulatory Affairs
When syringes are unlabeled, medications can be administered incorrectly, with disastrous results. The following story is true story. Although it did not occur at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, it highlights how system and process issues can significantly affect clinical practice.
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By Pravene Nath, MD, MSE, CMIO & Interim CIO, Assistant Clinical Professor
What does it mean to be a strong and steadfast partner? That's a question we've examined closely within our information technology group over the last year as we've embarked on the most comprehensive organizational transformation in our department's history. After spending a great deal of time listening to your feedback and taking stock of our strengths and weaknesses, we've recognized that, although we continue to lead our peers with award-winning healthcare IT capabilities, we can do far better.