Be a Driver of Change
| Jun 12, 2013 7:00 AM
In any large complex organization, there are many changing circumstances every day that require the system to react. In health sciences we might receive a new regulation from CMS, a request for applications from the NIH, an accreditation site visit, a celebrity patient and so forth. On a daily level, the effective management of these events represents the majority of what most of the organization is focused on, and rightfully so as our success depends upon it.
As the senior vice president and as part of the leadership team of the health sciences campus of the University of Utah, I too am pulled into the management of the organization in a heavily responsive way. Yet, for me what makes this job so exciting is our opportunity to be pro-active as well. What do I mean by this? Where we see the need for change or identify new opportunities, we take them on. We drive change.
For example, our implementation of LEAN management tools, like VDO, across the enterprise enables our teams to be proactive about improving efficiency, understanding costs and reducing waste.
The Utah Genome Project
The Utah Genome Project utilizes existing resources, like the Utah Population Database, the department of human genetics, laboratory pathways, clinical pathways and world-class biomedical informatics to make important scientific discoveries about the genetic basis of disease so that new drugs, diagnostic pipelines and treatments can be developed.
The proposed Institute for Health Care Transformation organizes our entire system of health care delivery, research and education into a real-world laboratory to prove out and remodel health care for populations.
The Center for Medical Innovation
The Center for Medical Innovation, fueled by a collaborative effort between the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, the David Eccles School of Business, the College of Engineering and the Technology Venture Development Program, combines formal education programs, faculty and student project development and support and facilitation of device development and commercialization.
Our proposed Center for Air Quality, Health and Society brings together experts across the campus and region to study a wide range of important topics from the health consequences of poor air quality to the science and engineering of combustion to the economic impact of air quality.
What's remarkable about this organization is that we have individuals and teams who are committed to advancing these important causes and initiatives. We want to make sure that we continue to tap the talent pool of the organization. Our Innovation Station is designed so that our employees, faculty and staff can be pro-active and help us think about opportunities.
While we may not be able to implement every idea proposed, we will give them each consideration, and what we can do, we will. I encourage you to contribute.
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