New technology adds value to an industry by improving quality and reducing cost. When it comes to health care, “technology has added cost,” Charles J. Lockwood, MD, MHCM, senior vice president of USF Health and dean of USF Health Morsani College of Medicine said. Inside USF Health’s Department of Medical Engineering, a unique interprofessional collaboration between physicians and engineers is underway with a, “focus on this concept of value [to] develop technologies that improve outcomes and actually reduce costs.” Graduate students will spend time at Tampa General Hospital meeting with surgeons and going into the operating room as observers and will be encouraged to obtain a patent and publish an article in a peer-reviewed journal. The faculty of engineers specialize in chemical and mechanical engineering, biomedicine and nanotechnology with initial concentrations in a broad range of biomedical engineering areas such as nanotechnology for drug delivery, orthopedics, and cardiology, neurology and cancer.
The Obstacles to Interprofessional Education
November 27, 2018
The road to high quality and cost-efficient health care is paved with multidisciplinary research and team-based care. USF Health leads the way in this change by prioritizing teaching students how to work better as a team. Adjusting a curriculum to fit the changing world of health care is not without obstacles.
The USF Health Practice Plan with Dr. Charles J. Lockwood
July 13, 2018
The USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Health Heart Institute is relocating to the heart of Water Street Tampa – the world’s first WELL-certified community under the WELL Community Standard. “This is really the dream of every dean of a medical school,” says Charles Lockwood, MD, MHCM, senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine. This state-of-the-art medical facility will not only prepare tomorrow’s physicians, but also unite bench scientists and clinical researchers working to find treatments and cures for heart patients. “Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and yet, research has kind of plateaued over the last 10 years,” Dr. Lockwood says. This modern centerpiece of scientific innovation, world-class clinical care and life-changing discoveries opens downtown in late 2019.
The USF Health Practice Plan with Dr. Charles J. Lockwood
May 18, 2018
The USF Health Morsani College of Medicine is home to the largest multispecialty physicians group in West Central Florida. “If you want high quality and cutting-edge care, then we are the providers for you,” says Charles Lockwood, MD, MHCM, senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine. An integral part of USF”s academic health center, the practice plan has nearly 900 health care professionals in locations across the Tampa Bay region.
Teamwork is the Future of Health Care with Dr. Charles J. Lockwood
March 13, 2018
The road to high quality and cost-efficient health care is paved with multidisciplinary research and team-based care. USF Health leads the way in this change by prioritizing teaching students how to work better as a team. “If you can combine physicians with nurse practitioners, PharmDs, physical therapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, you’re going to be a much more efficient provider of care than if it’s a solo physician trying to do all that work,” says Charles Lockwood, MD, MHCM, senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine.
Unique and Innovative with Dr. Charles J. Lockwood
November 17, 2017
USF Health is recognized as a unique and innovative health care system with strong partnerships throughout the Tampa Bay region. With outstanding resources such as the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) and the planned downtown expansion, USF Health has an interprofessional training platform with cutting-edge technology for its health students, residents, attending staff and community physicians. Dr. Lockwood says “it’s the team of the future for providing the highest value of care that can be provided.”
Providing the Best Patient Care with Dr. Charles J. Lockwood
August 7, 2017
USF Health is committed to taking optimal care of patients. To do this, Dr. Lockwood says the goal is to thoroughly address patients’ concerns in a positive and consistent manner. It’s important to treat patients with evidence-based medicine that improves outcomes while lowering costs.
Electronic Health Records System Helps Improve Patient Care with Dr. Charles J. Lockwood
July 17, 2017
Electronic Health Record systems help health care providers communicate and share important patient information. Dr. Lockwood says USF Health has integrated EPIC EHR, which is shared with USF Health’s primary teaching hospital. The system not only allows USF Health to keep accurate information about patients, but it also helps us considerably improve patient safety.
Challenges of Health Care with Dr. Charles J. Lockwood
June 30, 2017
Everyday lifestyle habits impact health care. Dr. Lockwood says modest lifestyle changes could have an incredible influence on the health of patients and overall health care costs. However, it’s up to everyone in health care to engage the community including local and state governments, churches and schools to reinforce a positive healthy living.
Changes in Health Care with Dr. Charles J. Lockwood
June 15, 2017
USF Health embraces a patient-centered model of care. We have interdisciplinary teams of physicians, nurses, pharmacists and physical therapists who coordinate treatment using electronic records to ensure the best outcomes. Charles J. Lockwood, MD, senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine, says focusing on prevention rather than treatment helps us achieve better outcomes at a lower cost.