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Recognition for Danoff, Murrell and Noah

Physician News

Dudley Danoff, MD, discussed his new book before a large crowd at the Medical Library, Zuri A. Murrell, MD, spoke to a church congregation about colorectal cancer, and Mark S. Noah, MD, will become the local governor of the American College of Physicians.

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Grand Rounds

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Upcoming CME Conferences

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CME Newsletter - April 2016 (PDF)  


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Innovation Challenge Selects Finalists

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While Team Body Shop and the other semifinalists made their presentations, Harvey Morse Auditorium was bathed in blue light to set the mood. Team Body Shop earned a spot in the finals.

And then there were six.

Ten semifinalist teams pitched detailed prototypes of their innovative ideas to improve patient care at Innovation Day, the second event in the MD/RN Patient Experience Innovation Challenge, held Monday, March 28.

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Among the executive judges were (from left) Mark Gavens, chief operating officer, Peggy Miles, MD, chief of staff, and Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, vice president and chief nursing officer.

The event in Harvey Morse Auditorium showcased the semifinalists' progress since they originally pitched their ideas to a panel of executive judges in November. Six teams will now go on to compete in the competition's final round.

"We are incredibly proud of all the teams and their dedication to creating innovative solutions for improving patient care," said Chris Ng, MD, who co-chairs the MD/RN Collaborative Challenge with Peachy Hain, MSN, RN, director of Medical, Surgical and Rehabilitation Nursing Services. "It has taken countless hours of hard work to get where the teams are today and we applaud them."

Each of the six teams will be sponsored by an executive judge in the final phase:

  • Team Heart Throbs: Created a MyChart app to allow tracheostomy or intubated patients to more easily communicate with staff and family members in multiple languages. The app aims to resolve frustrations or miscommunications with non-communicative patients.
  • Team Ohm Patrol: Developed a "Tree of Life" IV pole with a utility tray, phone charger dock and Apple iPad interface. The IV pole integrates personal touches with medicine and imagination to provide functionality and comfort.
  • Team Uber-ful Care: Selected a mobile triage app to provide patients with access to care within 30 minutes. The app looks to improve patient experience, quality, value and efficiency of care.
  • Team Cedars Engage: Built a mobile-based "Patient Power Platform" to strengthen patient and hospital relations. The goal is to improve communication between patients, family members and care providers while streamlining the workflow.
  • Team Body Shop: Integrated multidisciplinary physician, pharmacy and nursing teams to optimize the workflow by performing quarterly "tuneups" on inpatients in an effort to decrease readmissions due to medication-related adverse events.
  • Team Heart Menders: Created a patient-friendly tablet application that assists patients with selecting meals based on dietary needs and cultural preferences. It is designed to enhance communication between the interdisciplinary team and patients, while allowing nurses to focus on patient care.

The finalists will work with their sponsors to further develop and implement their prototypes during the final phase. A winning team will be selected on June 3 and will have its innovation implemented housewide.

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Team Heart Menders' innovation landed the team a spot in the finals.