Department of Medicine 2016 Tech Challenge

New Uses of Information Technology to Advance the Missions of the Department of Medicine

  • Nov 10-Dec 16: Phase One: Open Submission of Ideas
    • Submit your idea or proposal
    • Comment on other proposals
    • Improve your proposal based on others' feedback
  • Jan 2016: Selection of Finalists
  • Feb - Mar 2016: Phase Two: Submission of Detailed Proposals
  • Mar 15, 2016: Selection of Two Winning Projects
  • Apr 1 - Dec 31, 2016: Implementation of Awarded Projects

Ideas (40 total)

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iMOVE: inpatient Mobility Optimization program for Vitality and hEalth

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We propose the use of activity trackers (such as 'Fitbits') in an inpatient center to encourage patient mobility and more precisely measure the amount and types of activities patients are performing. De-identified data from these activity trackers would be presented electronically both to providers/staff and to patients in order to motivate patients and to allow staff to see patients that were due for a mobilization session. 

The beeper that beeps back

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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. 

Ambulatory Care Tailored-assessments Across Literacy and Language (ACT for ALL)

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The Problem. Ambulatory physicians utilize many different types of standardized assessments, ranging from depression screening, to functional pain assessments for patients on opiates, to incontinence and benign prostatic hypertrophy screening for older women and men. Many of these assessments are used in both primary care and specialty practice.

Discharge "To-Do's" Autopopulated in PCP Notes

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Among the most important components of the hospital discharge summary is the section titled "Follow-up Needs for the Primary Care Physician." This contains specific "to-do's" such as "follow up blood culture results" or "check potassium level in 1 week." These items are often crucial continuations of care needed to close the loop on productive and high-quality hospitalizations. However, they are buried in the bottom of a several page-long discharge summary, making them less likely to be seen and acted on by PCP's. 

Crowdfunding Research

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Create a program to allow investigators to directly solicit crowdfunding support for their research projects.   Similar to Indiegogo and Kickstarter but for UCSF vetted scientific research.

Clinic/Academic Connection - Faculty Availability

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There is a disconnect between the Academic and Clinic Patient Calendaring.

Currently Admin's don't have access to the Clinic Schedules and while some clinic schedulers have general access to faculty calendars, they cannot see up to minute changes in availability entered by Admins or Faculty.  

I'm suggesting a system that will:

Apex Abbreviation Database

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Database of abbreviations that live in apex.  When someone includes an abbreviation in a note, the reader can hover over the abbreviation with their mouse and see the full text of potential abbreviations.

Examples:

PCA = Patient Care Assistant, Patient-Controlled Analgesia

s/f = scheduled for

Tracking Patient-provider electronic messaging

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Anecdotal evidence from discussing with Gastroenterology providers at UCSF suggests that patient-provider messaging has become a major aspect of clinical care at UCSF, taking up significant time and providing valuable service to patients. However, there is no formal requirement to provide this type of care, nor is there a mechanism to provide re-imbursement. It is clear that this type of care will continue to increase in importance and use over time. I propose a project to formally study its use, highlighting the following aspects:

Pagers Begone: A Proposal For a Secure, Modern, Mobile Hospital Messaging System

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Pagers Begone: A Proposal For a Secure, Modern, Mobile Hospital Messaging System

There are two big problems with intra-team communication on the inpatient medicine service at UCSF hospital:

Explaining “Pioneering Care” to patients by having trainees build bridges between clinical questions and basic, translational, or clinical research.

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The goal of this proposal is to collect, catalog, and disseminate the intellectual investments medical students and residents make to explain how research pioneers care for patients. During the course of almost any clinical encounter, a question will arise whose answer requires the physician to synthesize different domains of knowledge.

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