UPMC Holds Second ‘Health Data Palooza’

By Kelly Bresnan

From an application that will help to put the minds of a patient’s family members at ease, to a platform that examines UPMC’s buzz in the realm of social media, to a tool that gives patients a full picture of procedure costs, it’s clear that the recent “Health Data Palooza” successfully set the stage for innovative thinking.

UPMC’s second palooza brought together employee teams from the Information Services Division to develop prototype solutions for health care problems. Fourteen teams spent Nov. 20 and 21 at the UPMC Technology Development Center (TDC) brainstorming and rapidly developing their ideas with the ultimate goal of improving care and the patient experience.

On the second day, teams wrapped up and presented their projects to event attendees and a panel of judges, composed of UPMC senior leadership and select business and community leaders. Four awards were given to three teams, including the People’s Choice Award. Dan Drawbaugh, chief information officer, awarded the three winning teams with the opportunity to attend an upcoming national palooza.

Events and programs such as this are a valuable opportunity for staff to think “outside the box” and apply their skills and expertise to new areas. “It's really about a day of innovation for staff. It gives them time to think about some of the problems they observe when they’re out in the field, but don't really have an opportunity to innovate on while working on current projects,” says Rebecca Kaul, the TDC's president.

The three solutions chosen for further development are:

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