Department of Medicine 2016 Tech Challenge

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


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The UCSF Department of Medicine sponsored awards to faculty, staff, and trainees for proposals for IT-related interventions that have a positive impact on our mission, our patients, and our work environment.

  • 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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Develop the Infrastructure for Any Investigator to Build a Web-Based Cohort Study

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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.

Lose the paper surveys

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Lose the paper surveys. They waste everyone’s time from the receptionest to the patient to the records clerk to the physician. The Questionairre could be accessed from the home computer through the 'UCSF 'my chart application' and it would become instantly paperless and quick reading for the clinician when preparing for the patient visit.

This application could save time and instantly become part of the patient record.  This would save staff time in checking in patients, save patient time and would get rid of 1950 style paper records.

Let the patient know estimated time to seeing physician APP

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As a recent patient in one of our clinics, I arrived 30 minutes early for a blood draw after being told that was possible, since I had a scheduled a 30 min. meeting with a colleague.  I waited 50 minutes for a late blood draw.  After the blood draw, I then waited another hour  for the appointment.   Keeping the patient informed on approximate time ( like waiting for a delayed airline flight)  The airlines have such an app, why not UCSF?   Scheduled and estimated times would be shown on the patients smartphone app.

Innovative, patient-centered, interactive website to facilitate advance care planning

Primary Author: Rebecca Sudore
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Problem Statement: Millions of older adults and their families will face complex medical decisions over the course of advanced illness, yet most are unprepared. Lack of preparation can lead to uninformed choices, receipt of care inconsistent with personal goals, and lack of empowerment during clinical encounters, especially for individuals with limited health literacy.

Leveraging the EMR to promote GOC documentation across transitions of care

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Co Authors: Kara Bischoff & Sirisha Naranaya


Advanced care planning documentation is recognized as an important tool allowing patients to direct the type and intensity of medical care they receive. Systematic and educational innovations over the past decade have been effective at increasing the conversations around advanced care planning as well as the numbers of completed advanced care planning documents such as advanced directives (AD) and Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatments (POLSTs). 

A multidisciplinary mobile health superuser team to assist in adoption and implementation of mobile health apps in clinical care

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The Problem:

There are over 165,000 mobile health (mhealth) applications available which can help patients with medication management, mental health, exercise, weight loss, symptom tracking, etc. However, these apps are being underutilized and physicians know very little about the full spectrum of apps available for patients. This is a tremendous underutilized resource that can empower patients to better manage their care, especially when they have complex medical conditions and treatment plans.

Discharge medication regimens made easier

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Co-authors: Michelle Mourad and Kara Bischoff


Adverse drug events are important preventable causes of hospitalization in older adults, however compliance with a complex medication regimen after discharge home is known to be challenging for patients and particularly for the elderly.