Tuesday, February 20, 2018

MedStar Health Research Symposium: Registration Now Open!

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the seventh annual MedStar Health Research Symposium on Monday, April 30, 2018, from 1:30 to 6:30 pm at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

The Research Symposium features scientific poster presentations from investigators across the system and the spectrum of care, information on research support services offered by MedStar Health Research Institute and the opportunity to connect with residents and researchers dedicated to advancing health.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Focused on You: 2018 MedStar Campaign

Each year, MedStar makes a commitment to connect with our community through a system-wide brand campaign. It launches now, through commercials with the Winter Olympics! I’ve seen the overview and look forward to seeing it in action.

The goal of the campaign this year is to highlight our “access points” to health care, which means that it is showcasing the breadth of healthcare services we offer in our integrated and diversified health care system.

The ads will link to a landing page, MedStarHealth.org/You, which tells our system brand story through our own patients’ stories in engaging video format.

The campaign is across the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., regions as an integrated media plan which includes TV, digital, and out-of-home advertising. Keep an eye out through April!

Friday, February 9, 2018

PowerTrials is Now Live in MedConnect!

At the Fall Town Halls last year, we shared that we were working on integrating research into clinical practice across MedStar Health via our electronic health records (MedConnect). I can now share that PowerTrials is now available to all MedStar Health clinicians. PowerTrials is a new module within the Cerner PowerChart product we call MedConnect. This now integrates current research studies into clinical care.

This is beneficial for patients, participants, and providers, as information about a patient’s participation in a MedStar Health or Georgetown clinical trial, as well as information about the study, is available in one location within MedConnect.
For providers, it brings awareness of patient research participation via an “on study” flag on the demographic Banner Bar and the ability to view research study description (protocol name and study synopsis) and recruitment information at the point of care. This information is available in the 'Clinical Research' tab on the left side of the chart.

For our research teams, this now allows for clinicians to contact them via the message center and can get automated notifications if a study participant is in the emergency room or admitted to the hospital. PowerTrials also makes it easier when study monitors need to review the study.

As always, thank you for your continued support, time and training dedicated to our new electronic platforms that support research - both OnCore and now PowerTrials. Both systems serve important functions as we move closer to full integration of research and clinical care.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Sharing What We are Proud Of

Below is my monthly message for the February 2018 edition of the MHRI newsletter, Focus. You can view Focus online at MedStarResearch.org/FOCUS.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

When you are proud of something, you want to share it. This is evident when someone proudly displays their college diploma, a prestigious professional degree, or an award they received for an exceptional achievement. Similarly, walls are often adorned with pictures of an athletic milestone or medals sits on the shelf for winning competitive events.

When I look around my office, I also have some of these routine things (such as my medical school diploma, but certainly no medals for sports!). What I also notice is a lot of pictures of people such as a group photo from the first MHRI managers’ retreat or when our associates got a little crazy ‘going red’ for heart health month. I am proud of the team I get to work with and want to share it. And of course, many pictures of my son— the pride bubbles up every time I look at that angelic smile as a baby, the determination in Little League when pitching his fastball, or the quiet confidence as he enters high school. Yes, when we are proud of something we want to share it so others can see and feel it for themselves.

At MedStar Health, we have so much to be proud of. Among the many exceptional achievements is that we are advancing health every day, in many ways, and in many areas of medicine. And when you advance the health of our patients, of our community, and for our future, it is something that brings exceptional pride.

This month, we will be launching the ‘We are Advancing Health’ report that shares some examples of the great work in research, innovation, and education at MedStar Health. This compendium of stories provides the reader a sampling of the depth and breadth of our forward-looking work and the impact it is having on our community. We sit at the crossroads of academics and ‘real world’ medicine and that provides a wonderful opportunity for novel discoveries, inventions, and training that can provide immediate benefit for our patients.

Thank you for all your work to help us make a difference in the lives of our patients, both those today and tomorrow.

You can view the report online here or learn more at MedStarHealth.org/AdvancingHealth.

Read Focus at MedStarResearch.org/FOCUS.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Celebrating the Teaching & Research Scholars Capstone

What a wonderful evening!

Last Thursday, I attended the MedStar Health Teaching & Research Scholars Capstone. What a remarkable display of academic faculty commitment to the pursuit of new knowledge and inquiry to advance health through research and teaching.

The event began with a poster session and reception. There were many medical education and clinical research studies from a variety of specialties and from across the system. 

In addition to the posters presented by all scholars, two “graduating” scholars presented their work. Hunter Groninger, MD, from the palliative care team, presented his work on teaching effective communication with the MWHC rapid response team. Chukwuemeka Ihemelandu, MBBS, presented his work on searching for better therapeutic approaches for colorectal cancer patients by using microscopic imaging. Both of these presentations were the results of a two-year-long effort.

Following this, the graduating scholars were presented with their AAMC Medical Education Research (MERC) and Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificates. They were joined by the CENTILE fellows who also completed the LEAD program, and the Georgetown medical students in the Medical Education Research Scholar Track Program, who completed MERC. New MedStar Members of the Teaching Academy were recognized along with those who have moved from one level to another.

Of course, the event wouldn't be complete without hearing from our very own Stephen Evans, MD, Executive Vice President, Medical Affairs, who always challenges us to think outside the box. Referencing a recent NEJM article on physician burnout, he reminded us that we need to find something that is meaningful and rewarding in our work and the work presented at this event is our "warm blanket and hot cocoa on a chilly, winter night". That imagery highlights the importance of programs like this for the future academic leaders at MedStar Health.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

A New Way to Track Your Health

A screenshot of the new app Credit: Apple

Research and innovation frequently go together. As we make discoveries in healthcare, our goal is to use that information to advance the health of our patients today and tomorrow.
In order to make our health care better, MedStar Health has joined in with other providers to work with Apple to be the first institutions to be a part of the new Apple Health Records app, allowing patients to see their medical records on their iPhone.

While the app is still in beta testing, I’m proud to be a part of the group of early adopters. Making it easy for patients to access their medical records can help them have better outcomes and a better understanding of their care.

You can read the Apple press release here. The story was also covered in Healthcare DIVE,  Healthcare IT News, and Business Insider.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Somebody has to do it . . .

So how does a cardiology nerd spend a week off from work?

Yup.....  Echo Hawaii!

 As you can see from the brochure, I had the privilege of being the course director for this longstanding course run by the Am Soc of Echocardiography  which provides a great blend of education and fun.  Throughout the course, the participants were busy on Twitter at #echoHawaii.  Here are a few representative tweets:

 Although these two are my favorites - one shows the blend of science and scenic beauty as we had our poster abstract session outside as the sun was setting.  The other tweet makes fun of the fact that all of the faculty in the front row were wearing Hawaiian shirts.

However, not caught on Twitter was a bunch of cardiology nerds taking a picture of the sunset at the same time!