University of California Launches its First Tool for Data Sharing Among Medical Centers with UC Research eXchange

Announcement for UC Investigators

Gary S. Firestein, MD
Chair, University of California Biomedical Research
Acceleration, Integration and Development (UCBRAID)
Professor of Medicine
Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor, Translational Medicine
Director, Clinical and Translational Research Institute
UC San Diego

Dr. Gary Firestein

Dr. Gary Firestein, UC BRAID Chair

The University of California Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration and Development (UC BRAID; ucbraid.org) is pleased to announce the launch of the UC Research eXchange (UC ReX) and the UC ReX Data Explorer tool. This system enables exploration of a combined population of over 12 million patients from medical center databases at UC Los Angeles, UC Irvine, UC Davis, UC San Diego, and UC San Francisco.

UC ReX Data Explorer gives researchers and quality specialists access to cohort counts derived from de-identified clinical data collected at the point of care to improve medical care and advance research.

UC ReX was initiated by UC BRAID in 2011 with a 5-year grant of $5 million from the UC Office of the President (UCOP) and developed through a collaboration of the medical campuses and their Chief Information Officers and CTSAs.

An important part of UC BRAID’s mission is to improve UC collaborative research opportunities. UC ReX is a great example of how UC BRAID facilitates integration of research programs, clinical informatics, technology, and resources across University of California campuses.

To start exploring UC ReX with Data Explorer, please go to ucrex.org for more information.  |  See UC ReX Flier

Access UC-ReX via UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute

 

Presenting at Medicine Grand Rounds September 4: Dr. Ian Jenkins

Dr. Ian JenkinsMedicine Grand Rounds will resume on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, with a presentation by Ian Jenkins, MD, Health Sciences associate clinical professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine at UC San Diego.

His presentation is titled, “America’s Cost-Quality Crisis.”

Jenkins holds a number of leadership positions in the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), the largest professional organization dedicated to hospitalists and hospital quality improvement.

Jenkins is an advisor for the SHM Quality Improvement Resource Rooms.

At the annual meeting of the SHM in May 2013, Jenkins co-directed the pre-course, “QI for High Value Healthcare: Making the ABIM Foundation Choosing Wisely® Campaign a Reality.”

Jenkins was part of the UCSD team that conducted the award-winning Optimal Prevention of Hospital Acquired Venous Thromboembolism study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Subsequently, he headed a study of the impact of optimal venous thromboembolism prophylaxis on the rate of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. The study was published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety in 2011.  |  Read study abstract

In the UCSD School of Medicine, Jenkins co-directs the “Principles to Practice” pre-internship course, a required clinical core course for fourth-year medical students. His hospital quality improvement projects for UC San Diego Health System include an effort to improve the management of alcohol withdrawal.

Jenkins received his MD degree from the University of Virginia Medical School in Charlottesville, Virginia, and did his residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

The 2013-2014 schedule for Medicine Grand Rounds is posted here.

Dr. Jason Bronner Receives Department of Medicine’s Leadership and Innovation in Patient-Centered Systems Award for 2013

UC San Diego Health System primary care physician Jason P. Bronner, MD, is the winner of the Department of Medicine’s Leadership and Innovation in Patient-Centered Systems Award for 2012-2013.

Drs. Francis Gabbai, Jason Bronner, and Daniel Bouland

Drs. Francis Gabbai, Jason Bronner, and Daniel Bouland.

Each year, the award recognizes the clinical program leader who has achieved particular excellence in service of the patient care mission in internal medicine and its subspecialties.

Dr. Jason Bronner

Dr. Jason Bronner

Bronner was chosen the winner this year for his exceptional dedication to the direction and practice of five-star clinical service, said Dr. Daniel Bouland, head of the Clinical Services Committee.

Bouland is vice chair for clinical operations in the Department of Medicine and Health Sciences clinical professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine.

“Dr. Bronner has focused his considerable talents and energy on fostering a patient-centered culture while emphasizing our core values of quality and excellence,” he said.

Bronner, Health Sciences associate clinical professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, joined the UC San Diego Health System in 2005. He sees patients at the Internal Medicine Group clinic in La Jolla.

Bronner has been named on the “San Diego’s Top Doctors” list every year since 2009.

In the photo above, Bronner is shown with Bouland (right) and Dr. Francis Gabbai (left). Gabbai is executive vice chair and vice chair for VA affairs in the Department of Medicine, chief of the medicine service at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology-Hypertension.

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center New Member of National Comprehensive Cancer Network

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

On March 19, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) announced the election of University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center as the first and only San Diego-based NCCN Member Institution dedicated to improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of care provided to patients with cancer. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

Grand Rounds Speaker March 6: Dr. Jeffrey Wiese, Tulane University Medical Educator

Dr. Jeffrey G. WiesePresenting at Medicine Grand Rounds on March 6 is medical educator and hospitalist Jeffrey Wiese, MD, FACP, SFHM.

Wiese is associate dean for graduate medical education and director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the Tulane University School of Medicine, where he is professor and associate chair of medicine in the Section of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics.

He is Chief of Medicine, Charity and University Hospitals, Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans.

Among the many honors Wiese has received for his teaching:

Read about his teaching philosophy

Wiese is a past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine (2010-2011). He has served as board member for the Society of Hospital Medicine, the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine and the Association of Subspecialty Professors.

He earned his medical degree at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1995. He did his internal medicine residency, chief residency and a medical education fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.

About Medicine Grand Rounds

UCSD’s Medicine Grand Rounds is held weekly on Wednesday mornings, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., in the Liebow Auditorium, second floor, Biomedical Sciences Building on the UCSD School of Medicine Campus. There is a hiatus in summer.

To see this year’s schedule and find video viewing information, visit the Medicine Grand Rounds page on the Department of Medicine website.

Grand Rounds Speaker February 27: Dr. Gurpreet Dhaliwal of UC San Francisco

Dr. Gurpreet DhaliwalPresenting at Medicine Grand Rounds on February 27 is Dr. Gurpreet Dhaliwal, associate professor of clinical medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

His topic: Clinical Problem Solving.

Dr. Dhaliwal is widely recognized for his skill as a clinical diagnostician. At Medicine Grand Rounds, he will narrate his process of clinical reasoning as he evaluates an unknown case presented to him in piecemeal fashion.

The New York Times Health section profiled Dr. Dhaliwal and his diagnostic method in a December 2012 article that contrasts human abilities with those of medical diagnosis software programs.  Read the article

The National Institutes of Health offers Dr. Dhaliwal’s 2008 “Great Teachers – Mysterious Cases” presentation as a videocast in the Clinical Center Grand Rounds series. Watch the video

Dr. Dhaliwal trained in internal medicine at UCSF and served as chief medical resident there before he joined the faculty in 2002. He is based at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he directs the internal medicine student clerkships.

An elected member of the Academy of Medical Educators, Dr. Dhaliwal is the recipient of many awards for his teaching. See a list of highlighted publications

UCSD’s Medicine Grand Rounds is held weekly on Wednesday mornings, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., in the Liebow Auditorium, second floor, Biomedical Sciences Building on the UCSD School of Medicine Campus. There is a hiatus in summer.

To see this year’s schedule and find video viewing information, visit the Medicine Grand Rounds page on the Department of Medicine website.

UC San Diego Health System Named One of the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics

UC San Diego Medical CenterUC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest

University of California, San Diego Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® for the second time by Truven Health Analytics, formerly the health care business of Thomson Reuters. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center Listed among Nation’s Best Heart Hospitals

From the UC San Diego Health System Newsroom:

The Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center located at University of California, San Diego Health System has been named among “100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs” by Becker’s Hospital Review, a business and legal news publication for hospital and health system leadership. … Read the full story from the UC San Diego Health System Newsroom

UC San Diego Health System and Qualcomm Life Join Forces to Improve Care Remotely

2net™ Platform provides physicians with state-of-the-art patient monitoring platform

UC San Diego Health System is collaborating with Qualcomm Life, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. to pilot the 2net Platform and Hub for remote patient monitoring. Qualcomm Life’s innovative 2net™ technology collects patients’ clinical information from wireless medical devices and transmits it to UC San Diego Health System physicians, to supplement information already available. This system provides a rapid, automated way to collect patient data in near real-time, analyze the readings, and suggest follow up actions with the patient, if needed.. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


Marlene Millen, MDQuoted in the UCSD Newsroom story is Marlene Millen, MD, clinical service chief of the Internal Medicine Group and medical director of the Internal Medicine Group Hillcrest for UC San Diego Health System.

Dr. Millen and Dr. Deanna Hill, both primary care physicians in the Fourth & Lewis Medical Offices, are overseeing the pilot project. With the help of the clinic’s nurse case manager, they are reviewing the real-time data online and providing medical follow up with patients if needed.

While this is just a pilot project at present, Drs. Millen and Hill are hopeful that such monitoring will become a reality in patient care in the future.

Dr. Millen, pictured above left, is associate clinical professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine. She trained in internal medicine here at UCSD and was chief medical resident in 2004-2005.

In 2012, Dr. Millen was named on the “San Diego’s Top Doctors” list for the third straight year.

Dr. Deanna HillDr. Hill (left), a new member of the UC San Diego Health System faculty, is assistant clinical professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine. She is accepting new patients.

After her internship and residency training in internal medicine at UCLA, she spent two years at Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Primary Care Center before coming to UCSD.

UC San Diego Health System Awarded “A”s for Patient Safety

UC San Diego Health System was honored with two separate “A” Hospital Safety Scores by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A scores were awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety Score℠, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to US hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom