The Apex interface to find information on advance directives and POLST forms is very basic and deficient when searching for surrogate decision makers. In several instances the information is inaccurate or incomplete, leaving providers in the very difficult position of trying to implement the best interventions for each patient. This effort usually requires a substantial investment of time and resources in the attempt to clarify important directives with the patients or to search for decision makers.
New Uses of Information Technology to Advance the Missions of the Department of Medicine
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Time is money and timesheets are an essential procedure to appropriately calculate the number of hours employees have worked. Accurate and updated timesheets are legal documents and essential for protection in the event of potential litigation over unpaid wages or missed meal breaks. If there is an issue with
Do we have the technology to develop a beeper/device that has the capability to text back to nurses voalte phones? It would obviate the need to reach out for a phone or a computer every time a doctor is paged, and would improve communication among team members.
To create patient education materials and handouts for patients in their native language.
San Francisco has an incredibly diverse population. Census data shows that approximately 45% of households have a language other than English spoken at home. Nearly 30% of these households identify as speaking English “not well” or “not at all” resulting in approximately 1 out of 8 San Francisco residents identifying as having limited English proficiency (LEP)
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To use ambulatory monitoring devices so that:
- providers can more closely monitor at-risk, high-utilizing (or all) patients
- patients have greater, more timely access to health care and advice
- high risk patients can avoid worse outcomes
There’s an App for That: Developing and Building a UCSF Health Smartphone App to Enhance Communication with Patients and Improve the Patient Experience
Authors: Catherine Lau, James Harrison, Sarah Imershein
We’ve developed a novel, low-code application that organizes and contextualizes healthcare processes into a care pathway map, so that all users – from the healthcare team to the patient – are aware and accountable for the healthcare plan. This involves the distillation of main healthcare processes into a kit-of-parts of “Actions and Nodes” which organizes workflows, tasks, manipulated objects (e.g. documents and records), roles, and agents into a timeline of tasks, dependencies, and results. This inherently flexible application transforms the volume of data for an individual into a coherent patient story. It also creates a powerful tool that can be used to optimize workflows, clinical care, and patient engagement.
Cohort studies are a critical component of clinical and translational research. They provide data on the natural history of disease, biobank specimens for translational studies and often provide a framework from which one can recruit for clinical trials. Traditional cohort studies also have many drawbacks. Data collection is often still performed on paper and management is usually centralized at a data-coordinating center with limited ability for interested investigators to obtain transparent, real-time information on data and specimens available for study.
HOSPLIFE - Version 2.0: Bringing Hospital Information to Patients and Families Through A Web Based Mobile Application
Hospitalization and the navigation of the health system is increasingly complex - those hospitalized need an easy to use tool to outline the hospital journey from admission to discharge and care at home. While some of this information can be found on the UCSF web-site, paper documents, and in verbal conversation with staff - a web based mobile application can serve as an easy to use reference or introduction to concepts not previously explained to patients - like what to expect at time of discharge.