2016 Winners of the University of Chicago Medicine Innovations Grants Program
The annual $100,000 UCM Innovations Grant Program was created to support projects that use research-quality methods to design, implement, and/or evaluate innovative solutions to operational problems or areas in need of improvement at the University of Chicago Medicine. The grant program has been extremely competitive with funding at the 10.5 percentile.
National funding agencies generally overlook the growing field of health care delivery science, a discipline with the goal of using research to discover innovative ways to better deliver care to patients. In recognition of the lack of adequate funding, the program was jump-started by a gift from an anonymous donor and then matched by the Office of the President of the University of Chicago Medical Center beginning in 2014. A growing team of 27 University of Chicago Medicine operational and research leaders review the grant applications, rigorously assessing methodological strength, operational innovation, and feasibility.
Improving the Patient Experience: Bringing Laboratory Specimen Collection to the Patient – a project that uses an Uber-like mobile app to provide on-demand blood draws to reduce the proportion of infusion therapy patients sent home without chemotherapy treatment due to abnormal laboratory tests (principal investigator: David McClintock, MD), supported by a multidisciplinary team).
Improving End-of-Life Care for Oncology patients– a project focused on implementation of strategies to improve oncology care. Using advanced risk models, providers will be able to identify patients at high risk for avoidable aggressive end-of-life care so that advance care planning and palliative care steps can be initiated in a timely manner. (principal investigator: Robert M. Daly, MD, MBA, Chief Fellow, Section of Hematology/Oncology) supported by a multidisciplinary team)