SIU/Memorial Earn Top Quality Award from International Health Congress
October 8, 2015 – A group of collaborative partners representing Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine and Memorial Medical Center through the SIU Outcomes and Analytical Research (SOAR) group and Midwest Healthcare Quality Alliance (MHQA) recently took top honors at the 39th International Hospital Federation (IHF) World Health Congress held in Chicago. Their project “Improving the Success of Strategic Management Using Big Data” was the culmination of several years of work focused on using big data to personalize health care.
The World Hospital Congress is a unique global forum that brings together key drivers of national and international policy, management, financial trends and solutions in healthcare management and service delivery. These leaders in health care systems from around the world have been meeting since 1929.
“This is a huge accomplishment for Memorial and SIU. Our unique collaboration has fostered tremendous innovation and improved the quality of care we provide to our patients. International recognition for the pioneering work that goes on at SIU and Memorial Medical Center tells us that we are making a difference,“ said group representative Dr. Sapan Desai, Vice Chair of Research, Department of Surgery, SIU, co-chair of SOAR, and on the board of directors for the MHQA. Dr. Desai has been invited to attend the next congress in Durbin, South Africa.
The authors of the project included Sapan Desai, MD, PhD, MBA (Vice Chair of Research, SIU and Director of the Quality Alliance and Predictive Analysis, Memorial Medical Center), Tiffany Whitaker, RN, MS (Assistant Director, Surgery Research and Clinical Outcomes, SIU), Todd Roberts, MBA (Director of Quality and Safety, Memorial Medical Center), Jim Wilkerson (System Director, Memorial Medical Center), and Chuck Callahan, PhD, MBA (Chief Operating Officer, Memorial Medical Center). This group meets on a regular basis to solve complex challenges in healthcare delivery that impact patients in central and southern Illinois, and thoughout the world.
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