Thomas Savides, MD, Named Chief Experience Officer for UC San Diego Health System

Thomas Savides, MD, has been named as the first Chief Experience Officer at UC San Diego Health System. In the newly created role, Savides will be responsible for the strategy, leadership and implementation of the plan to improve the total health care experience of patients, families, providers and staff. … Read the full story from the UC San Diego Newsroom

DELPHI Project Foretells Future of Personalized Population Health

NSF awards $2 million over four years to UC San Diego computer scientists and physicians

Imagine a new type of healthcare app that does it all – it helps you understand your current health status, assists you in making changes in your life to improve your health, and takes into account the perspective of your entire life history, others in your age group–and perhaps even your neighborhood– who share similar characteristics.

That’s the vision put forward by a team of physicians and computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego who are collaborating on a new digital resource that would take advantage of advances in databases, cyberinfrastructure and machine learning to usher in a new era of health and health care…. Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


Dr. Lucila Ohno-MachadoLucila Ohno-Machado, MD, PhD, FACMI, is an investigator on the project, whose title is “Data E-platform Leveraged for Patient Empowerment and Population Health Improvement (DELPHI).”

Dr. Ohno-Machado is professor of medicine and founding chief of the Division of Biomedical Informatics. She directs, among other projects, another UCSD biomedical cyberinfrastructure, the Integrating Data for Analysis, Anonymizing and Sharing (iDASH) project. IDASH is a National Center for Biomedical Computing under the auspices of the NIH Roadmap for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Under AHRQ funding, she directs the related project Scalable National Network for Effectiveness Research (SCANNER).

Dr. Ohno-Machado’s research specialty is predictive modeling with an emphasis on calibration methods that combine phenotype and genotype/gene expression data for personalized medicine.

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UC San Diego Medical Center Named One of the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters

UC San Diego Medical Center, located in Hillcrest, has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters. Ranked among the country’s major teaching hospitals, the Medical Center was also one of twelve hospitals to receive the Everest Award. This award honors hospitals that have achieved both the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement over a five-year period in Reuter’s national benchmarking study…. Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

UC San Diego Medical Center hospital in Hillcrest
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UC San Diego Health System: Saving Time, Saving Lives

Lifesaving cardiac treatment time exceeds national guidelines

Over the last year, UC San Diego Health System managed to significantly decrease average door-to-balloon time, beating national guidelines by over a third, and improving care of patients with the most severe type of heart attack, known as STEMI (ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction)… Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom >>

Dr. Ehtisham Mahmud   Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center

Ehtisham “Shami” Mahmud, MD, FACC, pictured above left, chairs UC San Diego Health System’s Door-to-Balloon Time Committee. Dr. Mahmud is Chief of Clinical Cardiovascular Medicine, Co-Director of the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and Professor of Medicine.

Hospitalists and Pharmacists win ASHP Grant for Glycemic Control Project

UCSD’s hospitalists, teaming with the Department of Pharmacy, have won funding for a new quality improvement project to make hospital stays safer for diabetic patients.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation has awarded one of its two 2008 Hospital Pharmacist-Hospitalist Collaboration Research Grants to the UCSD Division of Hospital Medicine and the Department of Pharmacy.Hospitalist Gregory Maynard, M.D., M.Sc., and pharmacist Kevin W. Box, Pharm.D., are the principal investigators.

“With the help of other team members, we expect to achieve meaningful improvement”

Dr. Greg MaynardDr. Maynard is Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine and a nationally recognized leader in quality improvement and patient safety.

“It definitely takes a multidisciplinary team to create a design change in health care delivery and then carry it out successfully,” Dr. Maynard says.

“We are fortunate that the hospitalists and pharmacists work so well together.

“With the help of other team members, we expect to achieve meaningful improvement with this transition from insulin infusion, just as we have with other related projects.”

Along with Dr. Maynard, hospitalists Dr. Pedro Ramos and Dr. Diana Childers are key participants for the Division of Hospital Medicine. Both are assistant clinical professors.

UCSD’s project will test a multidisciplinary model for managing diabetic inpatients’ blood glucose levels in the first 48 hours after an insulin infusion.

The goal is to find an effective team protocol that can be adapted easily for use in other areas.

Other quality improvement projects: success in VTE prevention

UCSD’s hospitalists are involved in several patient care quality improvement projects. These include an ongoing venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention program that has set a national benchmark for patient safety.

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VTE Prevention

About the ASHP grant program

The ASHP Research and Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization devoted to improving patients’ health and well-being through the appropriate, safe and effective use of medications.

The Foundation’s Hospital Pharmacist-Hospitalist Collaboration Research Grant Program supports innovative projects for improving patient care in hospitals and health systems.

This year, applicants were invited to submit proposals for improving glycemic control in hospitalized patients. The UCSD project won the grant in a highly competitive field.

Hospitalist-Pharmacy team awarded ASHP grant in 2007 as well

This is UCSD’s second consecutive year as an ASHP grant award winner.

Last year, the Division of Hospital Medicine and the Department of Pharmacy received the award for its “Hospitalist and Pharmacist VTE Treatment Protocol Collaborative.”

In that project, Dr. Maynard was Hospitalist Investigator and Dr. Robert Weibert, Pharm.D., was Pharmacist Investigator.

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UC San Diego VTE Prevention Team Wins National Award

The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) has awarded its first-ever Team Approaches in Quality Improvement Award to the UC San Diego Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prevention Program team.

The national award recognizes the team for its exemplary efforts in preventing VTE in hospitalized patients at UC San Diego Medical Center.

The program has significantly lowered the incidence of VTE in inpatients and has become a model for VTE prevention efforts nationwide.

For the program’s success, team leader Dr. Gregory Maynard credits the efforts of the multidisciplinary team and the support of the UC San Diego Medical Center and the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Maynard is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine. The VTE Prevention Team includes UC San Diego hospitalists, other physician specialists, pharmacists, and nurses.

The Team Approaches in Quality Improvement Award was presented in a ceremony on April 5 at the Hospital Medicine 2008 meeting here in San Diego.

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