IT Innovation Contest

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Award winners have been announced

Information Technology at UCSF selected 5 proposals for funding. The winning teams had seven weeks to work on the projects. An awards ceremony took place on October 12, 2012 as part of the IT@UCSF Sharecase conference at Mission Bay campus.

Proposals - top 3 have been awarded! (48 total)


Research Collaboration Social Networking Pilot

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Many promising efforts to discover cures for disease involve collaborations span departmental, organizational, and disciplinary boundaries. These collaborations typically bring together researchers and assets from across academic research institutions, private institutes, industry partners, and medical centers. In the current economic climate, this increased focus on “partnering” is recognized as a winning business strategy for many companies and universities.


An Apple App To Help Patients And Their Families Deal With Neurofibromatosis

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  Neurofibromatosis (NF), which includes NF1 and NF2, is the most common genetic mutation and affects about 1 in 3,500 people.  Its phenotpyic expression is protean and can involve the brain, spine, peripheral nerves, skin, bones, eyes, GI system, and a variety of other tissues and organs to varying degrees from mild to life-threatening.  Clinical symptoms can include pain, weakness, numbness, hearing and visual loss, changes in GI function, abnormalities in bone growth, to mention the most common.

the Paper Link for PubMed

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This is a browser extension, a web app, also a mobile app!

-- built based on eUtils and related APIs of various web sites; Fast, Light & Mobile Friendly


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The project targets to anyone frequently uses PubMed. It presents all the information to the users in one place, in real time, to help the users to save their valuable time.


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Accountability Tool for Tenured Faculty in the Graduate Division at UCSF

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Tenured faculty members in the Graduate Division at UCSF (biophysics, tetrad, etc.) run labs consisting of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. However, these tenured faculty members are not held to task in their mentoring responsibilities and very talented students sometimes slip through the cracks. Faculty members are typically chosen by their ability to do great science and not on their ability to run functional well-balanced labs.


PandO DB - SFGH Pain and OB Patients Database Application

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The Pain and Obestetric Anesthesia Database (PandO DB) is a project of the Dept. of Anesthesia at SFGH to facilitate the management of block patients, pain patients and laboring patients at SFGH.

At SFGH we perform up to 50 regional anesthesia cases per week, both single shot and continuous nerve blocks. Additionally, we place epidural catheters for surgical as well as for laboring patients. All these cases patients need proper documentation and follow up.

What’s challenging about this is that the patients are seen by several different anesthesia providers. Our shift changes twice every day, and the patients are seen by different attendings and residents.

We are currently keeping track of the patients and the interventions by using multiple paper forms. It is difficult to ensure that all the relevant information is passed on, and that the anesthesia residents have access to the relevant information when they are paged. Additionally, we face potential PHI issues with paper notes, and we cannot analyze the data for quality assurance.


  • Replace current pain & OB cards to avoid PHI problems and improve i
  • Collect data for quality assurance
  • Facilitate follow-up by OB/Pain service and for in-house single-shot blocks
  • Optimize handover between providers
  • Replace current pain service forms
  • Hold all relevant data in terms of medical information, legal information and billing
  • Collect data to allow comparison with national and international pain benchmarks
  • Physically based on a secure server (HIPAA compliant) with regular backups and high availability
  • Web-based user interface, scalable for mobile devices (e.g. iPad, iPhone) and PCs
  • Compliant with HIPAA, JCHO, Pharmacy policies, MERP requirements
  • Allow export for further analysis
  • User authentication

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