Combating Medical Errors

In November 1999, the Quality of Health Care in America Committee of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report called To Err is Hu­man: Building a Safer Health System that stated as many as 98,000 hospital deaths occur each year due to medical error. Communication error is described as the cause of 60% to 70% of those preventable hospital deaths. “We’ve done a lot of amazing things in technology and medical knowledge and science, but I think one thing that we haven’t done in health care well is really learning to work together in teams,” says Yasuharu “Haru” Okuda, MD, FACEP, FSSH, executive director of the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) and executive director of interprofessional education simulation programming. Twenty years after the IOM’s report, the statistics are still alarming. In an effort to make life better and combat medical errors, USF Health incorporates interprofessional education as a primary part of its curriculum.





Value-Based Care

August 15, 2018

The health care system is shifting from volume to value-based care to improve the patient experience. “Currently, in the health care system, we’re incentivized to take care of you when you’re sick. The idea of value-based care is we’re actually incentivized to keep you well,” says Mark Moseley, MD, MHA, chief clinical officer, USF Health, associate dean for clinical affairs, Morsani College of Medicine. Physicians will strive to prevent chronic diseases, like high blood pressure or diabetes, from developing or, if the chronic disease is already an issue, properly manage it to avoid complications. Ultimately, this model is not only beneficial to the patient, but it also drives down cost.





Precision Medicine and the Pharmacist’s Changing Role With Dr. Kevin Sneed

May 18, 2018

As the importance of interprofessionalism in health care continues to grow, so does the role of the pharmacist. “The role of the pharmacist is changing from one that has been focused on medication dispensing and now moving into direct patient care,” says Kevin Sneed, PharmD, senior associate vice president of USF Health and dean of the College of Pharmacy. Precision medicine plays a big part in this direct patient care. By looking at the patient’s clinical test results, as well as lifestyle and diet, a pharmacist can hone in on precisely what the patient needs.






April 23, 2018

Pharmacogenomics is the study of how genes affect a person’s response to drugs. The idea is that everyone’s genetic makeup is different, so everyone’s treatment for a disease should be different. The hurdle comes in the lack of genetic diversity in clinical trials. “We don’t truly understand how to treat people of different ethnic backgrounds, if we’ve never done the testing,” says Kevin Sneed, PharmD, senior associate vice president of USF Health and dean of the College of Pharmacy.




March 13, 2018

Historically, academic institutions have not integrated with other providers or shared information directly, but that dynamic of health care is changing. “If we can work together, we can provide better, more efficient care at a better price,” says Daniel Vukmer, JD, USF Health’s senior associate vice president of network integration. Successful health systems of the future will require clinically integrated networks (CIN) to change the culture of health care.




Better Care Through Clinically Integrated Networks WITH DAN VUKMER

January 13, 2018

Clinical Integrated Networks (CINs) help keep patients away from the hospital. Vukmer says physician-led CINs try to keep the patients out hospital beds unless they absolutely need to be there. But, when patients need care, the physicians group of USF Health, the only academic health center in southwest Florida, can deliver the best possible specialty care – provided by health professionals on the cutting edge.



Current State of USF Health WITH DR. EDMUND F. FUNAI

June 30, 2017

USF Health is transforming clinical care to help improve patient experience and satisfaction. Dr. Funai says recent infrastructure investments will help measure quality improvements. Through these efforts, our goal is to help deliver the safest, most timely and effective care for patients.





Investments in USF Health WITH DR. EDMUND F. FUNAI

June 15, 2017

USF Health is providing the necessary resources to give patients the best visit experience. Edmund Funai, MD, chief operating officer at USF Health, vice dean for administrational at the Morsani College of Medicine and senior vice president for strategic development at the USF System, says USF Health values patients and their wants and needs. Each step of the patients’ visits and each person they interact with, from beginning to end, is an opportunity for us to satisfy them and ensure that their care is perfectly coordinated – to ease the frustrations that are typical with the health care system.


USF Health: To envision and implement the future of health.

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