Scroll to a lower section

The News Room


Moving the Needle on Health Care Quality and Costs

From Volume to Value in Health Care - JAMA editorial Listen to the podcast with University of Utah CEO Vivian Lee and health care strategeist Michael E. Porter (SALT LAKE CITY) - Bucking national trends, a new study suggests that a program could be making a difference in healthcare quality and cost. ...

Factor Isolated From Babies’ Cord Blood Could Treat Harmful Inflammation, Sepsis

(SALT LAKE CITY) - A factor found in umbilical cord blood could become the basis for developing a new therapy to fight harmful inflammation, University of Utah School of Medicine researchers report.  When given to mice, the newly discovered factor countered signs of inflammation and sepsis, such as fever, fluctuations ...

Pioneering Drug Researcher Named Dean of College of Pharmacy

(SALT LAKE CITY) A prominent Harvard chemical biologist who pioneered the use of zebrafish to discover new precision drug therapies for cardiovascular and nervous system disorders has been tapped to serve as dean of the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. Randall T. Peterson, Ph.D., will assume his role as dean ...

Data Center Wins $25 Million NIH Grant to Find Ways to Improve Clinical Trials

(SALT LAKE CITY)--Investigators at the University of Utah School of Medicine's Data Coordinating Center have been awarded a seven-year, $25 million grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health, to form one of three Trial Innovation Centers (TIC) to improve clinical research.  ...

NantHealth and University of Utah Establish Heritage 1K Project to Discover Genetic Causes of 25 Rare and Common Diseases

CULVER CITY, Calif.- NantHealth, Inc., (Nasdaq: NH), a leading next-generation, evidence-based, personalized healthcare company, today announced that it has partnered with the University of Utah in analyzing the entire genomic profiles of at least 1,000 individuals who have a history of rare and life-threatening diseases and conditions in their respective families. The landmark project ...

Size Matters: Advance Could Increase Sensitivity of Liquid Biopsies

Difference in size between circulating tumor and healthy DNA could be turned to an advantage SALT LAKE CITY – The liquid biopsy, a new type of blood test for detecting and monitoring cancer, is a welcome reprieve from typical biopsies. The minimally invasive test could reduce the need for the sometimes ...

NIH Funds Zika Virus Study Involving U.S. Olympic Team

Researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health will monitor potential Zika virus exposure among a subset of athletes, coaches and other U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) staff attending the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Brazil. The study, funded by NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and ...

DNA Fest Highlights Utah Genetics, Precision Medicine

On July 9, the Natural History Museum of Utah will host a DNA Fest presented in part by Utah Genome Project and USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery investigators. With hands-on activities, families are invited to explore the genome and genetic traits, and learn what they are and how they are ...

When Doctors Admit Bias, Patients Are More Likely to Trust Them

(SALT LAKE CITY)—Medical specialists, not surprisingly, are inclined to recommend treatments and therapies that involve their area of expertise, and patients who learn about such “specialty biases” would be expected to investigate other options for addressing serious health issues. But researchers from the University of Utah, Cornell University and Duke University ...

Health Care Transformation


Putting It All Out There: How Utah Health System Uses Online Patient Reviews (Gulp) to Get Better — And Why There’s No Need to Fear

When University of Utah Health Care CEO Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., first introduced her plan to make unedited, patient-written physician reviews available online to the public, the idea made many providers squirm. “Why, some asked, would an organization parade its imperfections online? Won’t online reviews distract from the important, hard work of saving lives?” Lee remembered. Such fears were unfounded, Lee writes in a Harvard Business Review piece. In fact, since the launch of “five-star” care, UUHC has seen steady gains in quality metrics and a reduction in costs. Lee outlines how the transparency of reviews lead to better, safer, more cost-effective care, provide the health care system with meaningful information, build trust, and drive continuous improvement. So what’s there to be afraid of?

Read Full Article

A Conversation with Vivian Lee: How the UUHC Chief Became the Leader She is Today

From the daughter of immigrants who hadn’t mastered English to the CEO of a health care system, Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., has developed her own unique, “consultative” leadership style along the way. “Everybody needs to have a chance to express their views, which is why it’s very important to have very diverse perspectives around the table,” Lee told Adam Bryant of The New York Times. “I like to internalize those different views, synthesize them, and then, flavored by my own perspectives, come up with a decision.” In an interview for The Times’ Corner Office, which features conversations about leadership and management, Lee discusses how her parents influenced her leadership style, how her leadership style has evolved, and how she hires. She also offered advice to new college grads: “Just live in the moment. Pour your heart into whatever it is you’re doing and get the most out of that experience.”

Read Full Article

What can other States Learn from Utah about Delivering Great Health Care?

Utah “holds a unique distinction” when it comes to health care, according to a special report by the New England Journal of Medicine. No other state spends less per capita on medical care and few boast healthier populations. The question is, why? Utah’s “clean-living people” and youthful demographics deserve some of the credit, writes journalist Elizabeth Gardner. But so does its high quality, efficient health care system. Even after controlling for Utah’s population, the state’s hospitals have good health outcomes and low costs.

Read Full Article

Since 2012, Algorithms for Innovation has been asking questions and searching for solutions to some of the most impossible problems facing health care today. We believe there's an unprecedented opportunity to invent a new vision for health care, and academic medicine is poised to lead the way. Algorithms for Innovation is designed to spark conversations, highlight best practices, and foster collaboration to help transform the future.

Vivian Lee

Vivian S. Lee
M.D., Ph.D., MBA

Senior VP for Health Sciences
Dean, School of Medicine
CEO, University of Utah Health Care
@vivianleemd +Vivian Lee

Sep

13

Building Bonds and Funding Our Future

At the University of Utah Health Sciences, philanthropy takes on many forms. It means partnering with the community to advance health, science and education for the state of Utah and the world around us. It means developing stronger relationships with donors who care as deeply as we do about health sciences innovation, and who can help us in our mission to deliver the best possible clinical care, foster collaboration between clinicians and researchers, and train the health care providers of the future.

Read more

In Utah, you can truly have it all. Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas offer newcomers diverse neighborhoods, great schools, arts and entertainment, and endless possibilities for sports and recreation. A strong economy and low cost of living make Utah a perfect choice to call home.

University of Utah Health Sciences

University of Utah Health Sciences is an economic engine unlike any other in Utah. With more than 14,000 faculty and staff it is one of the state's largest employers and contributes millions of dollars in net tax revenue to Utah every year. But University of Utah Health Sciences' impact goes beyond the balance sheet. Its bottom line includes the health and well being of Utah residents in every corner of the state and from all walks of life.

University of Utah Health Sciences is the only university health care system in the state of Utah and provides patient care for the people of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and much of Nevada. It is also the training ground for most of Utah's physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, and other health care professionals.

Named as one of theTop 10 in QualityBy University Health System Consortium for six years in a row

Named the No. 1 hospital in Utah by U.S. News and World Report

Half our providers rank in the top 10%, and a quarter rank in the top 1% for patient satisfaction

Health Sciences Received$270 Million In GrantsDuring Fiscal Year 2015