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Archive for December, 2017

New Survey Sheds Light on Digital Priorities of Health System Leaders

New Survey Sheds Light on Digital Priorities of Health System LeadersWhen it comes to health care technology investments next year, health systems are more likely to invest in proven solutions that will have an immediate impact.

For instance, nine out of 10 health systems say they will boost spending on cybersecurity technology that will help identify threats in 2018, while they are proceeding more cautiously on widely hyped artificial intelligence technologies and consumer-focused devices such as wearables.

 Those are among the findings of a new survey covering more than 20 major U.S. health systems and conducted by the Pittsburgh-based Center for Connected Medicine (CCM), in partnership with the Health Management Academy. The CCM is jointly operated by UPMC and four corporate partners.

 Titled “Top of Mind for Top U.S. Health Systems 2018,” the report, which was released today, provides insights into how health care leaders are prioritizing emerging health IT trends in the coming year. Based on quantitative and qualitative surveys of executives at leading hospitals and health systems across the country, the report focuses on the five areas identified as priorities:  cybersecurity, consumer-facing technology, predictive analytics, virtual care and artificial intelligence.

“We are attacking some of the biggest challenges in health care with solutions that harness the power of digital technology, and a mindset that challenges the status quo,” said Dr. Rasu Shrestha, chief innovation officer at UPMC and executive vice president at UPMC Enterprises.

“We value additional insights into how health systems view key challenges and promising innovations so we are able to collectively lift each other’s boats and push the boundaries of innovation,” added  Shrestha, who represents UPMC on the CCM’s executive steering committee.

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MWRI and Carnegie Science Center Break Barriers for Local Girls Interested in Science

MWRI and Carnegie Science Center Break Barriers for Local Girls Interested in ScienceMagee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) partnered with the Carnegie Science Center as host for a “Tour Your Future” event, where girls from across the region met female professionals who work in fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Last week, 11 girls, ages 13 to 15, discovered cutting-edge research being done in women’s reproductive health, including how worms might be the key to fertility. They also participated in hands-on exercises, including using 3-D printed models.

“I always knew these organs were in my body, but I never knew how they specifically worked,” said 15-year-old participant Ann Kozak.

The field trip was an effort to spark the girls’ interest in science-related fields, specifically reproductive health. Female scientists emphasized the importance of women helping other women by researching and developing drugs that cure fatal illnesses. During a presentation on HIV, Dr. Sharon Hillier, director of reproductive infectious disease research, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, and primary investigator, MWRI, shared how MWRI’s HIV prevention research benefits women around the world.

“Women and girls belong in STEM,” said Michael Annichine, chief executive officer of MWRI. “We were excited to be able to offer an opportunity designed to inspire and encourage young women in pursuing the field of science and, in particular, women’s health.”

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