If you’ve followed health reform efforts, you know that every policy debate and system change center around one set of objectives: better outcomes at lower costs with improved patient experiences. The “triple aim” of health care.
But often overlooked in the reform discussion is the question of just how we’ll assess the impact of system changes. How will we know what we’re doing is working? The answer, quite simply, lies in unprecedented access to data.
Through an intensive focus on data and health informatics, the University of Minnesota is front and center in shaping how data is leveraged within research and clinical care. The University has long maintained a robust health informatics program and has also made substantial investments in technology to position itself as a leader in both data collection and analysis.
Our friend and colleague Kevin Coss, from the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), recently highlighted a variety of University informatics efforts in a piece for the OVPR blog Research @ the U of M. Within, Kevin quotes Dr. Genevieve Melton-Meaux of the U’s Institute for Health Informatics and the chief medical information officer for University of Minnesota Physicians, who said that the “repository and analysis of the large amounts of clinical data will help with clinical research discovery and help forecast what kind of care patients will need, which in turn improves the patient’s treatment.”
We encourage Health Talk readers to visit Kevin’s profile of University efforts within the field of health informatics. His piece can be viewed in its entirety here.
The physical reconditioning of a raptor patient like The Raptor Center’s snowy owl patient from Washington, D.C., prior to its release is an important step in patient rehabilitation. It must compliment the medical care provided and restore a raptor’s fitness to a level necessary for survival.
The snowy owl reportedly hit by a bus in Washington, D.C., in late January 2014 recently arrived to The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota for care.
For heart patients living with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), until recently living in close proximity to the doctor who performed the surgery was a necessity. Now, more LVAD patients are able to live closer to their cardiologist giving them more flexibility.
Previously seen as a bridge to a heart transplant, now LVADs are lasting for years in comparison to twenty years ago when they would only last days and months.
Last week, nurse practitioners, physicians, cardiologists and LVAD patients convened at the University of Minnesota for the first-ever LVAD Shared Care symposium. The goal of the symposium was to help health care providers who care for LVAD patients in the community better understand the advanced technology and help to alleviate their fears and concerns when working with these patients.
Charles Schulz, M.D., head of the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry, has received the 2013 Wayne Fenton Award for Exceptional Clinical Care for his advancement of care in patients battling schizophrenia.
Each year, the award is given to clinical providers who demonstrate unwavering dedication to patients and who advance schizophrenia research for patients and their families.