2019 AAHSL Annual Meeting

Matheson Lecture

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About the Lecture:

The Quantified MD Project: Precision Learning Through Wearable Technology

The medical field has become complacent with the promise and utility of human driven assessments. In the past 10 years, the needle has not dramatically moved on the checklist approach to clinical skills assessment. Meanwhile, the world has gone digital. While there is an explosion in industry interest in digitizing healthcare, the focus is largely on patient data. In 2012, the Journal of Personalized Medicine published a paper on an expanded concept of health and health care called: Health 2050: Preventative Medicine. The concept envisioned personal health informatics with integrated data streams and patients with “always-on” health information gadgets. Although the vision for the future of health often includes advanced technologies for patients, healthcare providers and trainees have been left out of the equation as a potential source of workplace generated data streams that could change the face of healthcare communication, documentation and training. This presentation will share insights from a radically new approach to clinical skills assessment and clinical care documentation - wearables for practitioners. The presentation will review current research using health practitioner wearable technologies that have helped to capture a diverse array of human performance metrics that hold the promise for being value added to the current, health information data streams that define the future of healthcare.

About the Lecturer:

Carla Pugh, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery
Director of the Technology Enabled Clinical Improvement Center
Stanford University School of Medicine

Carla Pugh is Professor of Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also the Director of the Technology Enabled Clinical Improvement (T.E.C.I.) Center. Her clinical area of expertise is Acute Care Surgery. Dr. Pugh obtained her undergraduate degree at U.C. Berkeley in Neurobiology and her medical degree at Howard University School of Medicine. Upon completion of her surgical training at Howard University Hospital, she went to Stanford University and obtained a PhD in Education. She is the first surgeon in the United States to obtain a PhD in Education. Her goal is to use technology to change the face of medical and surgical education.

Her research involves the use of simulation and advanced engineering technologies to develop new approaches for assessing and defining competency in clinical procedural skills. Dr. Pugh holds three patents on the use of sensor and data acquisition technology to measure and characterize hands-on clinical skills. Currently, over two hundred medical and nursing schools are using one of her sensor enabled training tools for their students and trainees. Her work has received numerous awards from medical and engineering organizations. In 2011 Dr. Pugh received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Barack Obama at the White House. She is considered to be a lead, international expert on the use of sensors and motion tracking technology for performance measurement. In 2014 she was invited to give a TEDMED talk on the potential uses of technology to transform how we measure clinical skills in medicine. In April 2018, Dr. Pugh was inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.