Shaping the Future of Asthma Care Collaboration and Innovation at UUHS
| Jun 27, 2013 1:00 PMI’m proud to recognize that a short time ago, Flory Nkoy, M.D., M.S., M.P.H. was awarded a significant research award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Nkoy serves as Associate Research Professor at the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics, and Research Director for the Division of Pediatric Inpatient Medicine.
With this award, Flory and University of Utah Health Sciences will study asthma in children and how better monitoring of the disease could improve health. Besides the remarkable implications of this study, both the collaborative and innovative spirits with which this grant was secured are successful examples of the true culture of our institution.
Flory and his colleagues have developed a new tool, the e-AsthmaTracker (e-AT) to facilitate medical decision- making through ongoing communication between parents and their child’s primary care providers. The e-AT helps engage parents in weekly monitoring of their child’s chronic asthma symptoms and guides parents to recognize warning signs of asthma attacks in order to prompt appropriate interventions and, if necessary, visits to primary care providers. Flory’s award will allow him to assess the effectiveness of the e-AT tool.
Additionally, the development of the e-AT tool was a collaborative effort between the University of Utah and Intermountain Healthcare’s Primary Children’s Medical Center. When we all work together for the common good, we can truly accomplish remarkable things.
The implications of this award could potentially reshape the future of asthma care delivery in the nation. By empowering families and their providers to take charge of a difficult to control condition, Flory’s research stands to create a model for sustainable, cost-effective patient care and smart utilization of information technology in a healthcare setting. Furthermore, this model is absolutely replicable across the country.
Utilizing the best of collaboration, challenging ourselves to be innovative at every turn, and embracing the ever-changing technological world, it is clear that we are improving and transforming the landscape of health care delivery.
Author: Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.
About the Author: Dr. Vivian S. Lee is the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Utah, Dean of the University of Utah School of Medicine, and CEO of University of Utah Health Care. Read her full bio herecomments powered by Disqus