Volume 03 | September 1, 2021

The Digital Collaborative is so excited to announce a new video series called The Digital Byte @UCSF. These short videos give an overview of the digital groups at UCSF and will will be expanded over time to feature individual researchers and research projects.

Interested in being featured in The Digital Byte @UCSF?
Contact Crissy Thao (Crissy.thao@ucsf.edu)
The Implementation Science program at UCSF is offering a new course on Human-centered design for the Fall 2021 quarter. This hands-on, 10-week course will walk learners through design methods to solve real-world problems in public health and medicine. In addition, it will overlay implementation science approaches to show how the two disciplines complement one another. >>More Info
On July 9, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced the expanded set of data elements in the core data for interoperability. The journey to this landmark decision has been several years in the making, with CDHI championing the expansion of data elements since February 2018. These standards help to advance health data access and interoperability for patients, providers, and app developers using a standard application programming interface (API). New elements include information on all care team members, gender identity and sexual orientation, social determinants of health, and more. Click here to learn more about how UCSF and CDHI worked to advance this cause. 

Telemedicine for Health Equity Toolkit
With the rapid expansion of telemedicine in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring that remote care reaches diverse, low-income patients and promotes health equity, rather than exacerbating health disparities, is critical. Through a partnership between the Center for Care Innovations, UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP), and the Commonwealth Fund, S.O.L.V.E. Health Tech developed a toolkit to provide background information as well as concrete guidance relevant to safety-net healthcare systems looking to initiate, expand, or improve their telemedicine programs. >>Read More
A Bundled Intervention to Improve Accessible Advance Care Planning
Building on previous literature about the challenges of documentation and the importance of care continuity in advance care planning discussions in the hospital setting, UCSF Health adopted a centralized and easily accessible location within the EHR for all ACP activities – the Advance Care Planning Navigator. Michelle Mourad, Molly Cantor, and Robert Thombley deployed novel EHR based tools for ACP documentation and an initiative was launched to increase awareness and use of these tools along with the ACP Navigator to promote accessible ACP documentation. EHR audit log data was used to capture EHR users’ granular interactions within the medical record, and allowed us to measure Navigator access. The rates of ACP Navigator entry for those with ACP documentation did significantly increase during the intervention period for physicians and nurses, likely driven by increased visibility of documentation within the banner which allowed for direct access into the Navigator with a single click. >>Read More
UCSF Joins Forces with Philips to Enhance the Digital Patient Experience
This past May, UCSF announced a partnership with Royal Philips to use the Philips HealthSuite Platform to develop technologies that use artificial intelligence. This will enable personalization, and make it easier for patients to navigate to specialty care providers, access their health information, and receive virtual care at home. It will also ease the burden of technology on care providers with intuitive workflows and real-time decision support. >>Read More
Gilron RLittle S, Perrone RWilt R, de Hemptinne CYaroshinsky MSRacine CA, Wang SS, Ostrem JL, Larson PSWang DD, Galifianakis NBBledsoe IO, San Luciano M, Dawes HE, Worrell GA, Kremen V, Borton DA, Denison T, Starr PALong-term wireless streaming of neural recordings for circuit discovery and adaptive stimulation in individuals with Parkinson's disease. Nat Biotechnol. 2021 May 3. doi: 10.1038/s41587-021-00897-5.  >>Full Article
Morin O, Vallières M, Braunstein S, et al. An artificial intelligence framework integrating longitudinal electronic health records with real-world data enables continuous pan-cancer prognosticationNat Cancer. 2021;2, 709–722. doi: 10.1038/s43018-021-00236-2  >>Full Article
Blacklow S, Lisker S, Ng M, Sarkar U, Lyles CUsability, inclusivity, and content evaluation of COVID-19 contact tracing apps in the United StatesJAMIA. 2021 Sept;28(9): 1982–1989. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocab093  >>Full Article
Kaur N, Bhattacharya S, Butte A. Big data in nephrologyNat Rev Nephrol. 2021. doi: 10.1038/s41581-021-00439-x >>Full Article
Chen EM, Andoh JE, Nwanyanwu K. Socioeconomic and demographic disparities in the utilization of telemedicine for ophthalmic care during the COVID-19 pandemicOphthalmology. July 2021. doi:10.1016/j.ophtha.2021.07.003 >>Full Article
Khoong EC, Olazo K, Rivadeneira NA, et al. Mobile health strategies for blood pressure self-management in urban populations with digital barriers: systematic review and meta-analysesnpj Digital Med. 2021;4(1):114. doi:10.1038/s41746-021-00486-5 >>Full Article
Health Informatics Grand Rounds
Health Informatics Grand Rounds are hosted by Russ Cucina, the UCSF Health Chief Health Information Officer, and are attended by an array of physicians, nurses, researchers, trainees and other professionals passionate about health informatics. Contact Dr. Raman Khanna to be added to the calendar invite.

4th Thursdays | 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Digital Health Initiative
Please join the DEB Digital Health Initiative for an engaging discussion on Digital Health Study Design on September 17, 12-1 pm via Zoom. The panelists, Drs. Joaquin Anguera, Frederick Hecht, and Ida Sim, will discuss designing digital health studies and participate in an interactive Q&A session.

September 17 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm 

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