The Brief  
Stanford Medicine
October 2019
State of Stanford Medicine
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Message from Dean Minor
Dear Colleagues,

It was a pleasure to see so many members of the Stanford Medicine community at the State of Stanford Medicine. In-person and online, approximately 800 of you joined for this annual review of last years accomplishments and this years priorities. On display was the depth and breadth of our transformative work to improve human health.

I enjoyed sharing the stage with Stanford Health Care President and CEO David Entwistle and Stanford Childrens Health President and CEO Paul King. A result of the Integrated Strategic Plan, our three entities are now collaborating in new and exciting ways that will allow us to realize our Precision Health vision.

I am most grateful to David and Paul for their partnership and to the entire Stanford Medicine community for your commitment and contributions to our tripartite mission. At next years gathering, I look forward to celebrating with you more breakthroughs, more progress, and more inspiring stories. Read more.
Spotlight
Fax Machine
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Why Your Doctors Office Still Depends on a Fax Machine
Though the technology is largely passé, fax machines remain entrenched in doctors offices everywhere. In a recent op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, I discussed how our reliance on this inefficient technology drives up costs, frustrates clinicians, inconveniences patients, and creates gaps in care. So, why does the fax machine remain? Much of the blame goes to the inadequacy of electronic health records. Read more.

EHR National Symposium
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Electronic Health Records Symposium Examines Privacy, Workload Issues
At our second annual Electronic Health Records National Symposium, thought leaders from government, academia, and industry shared their perspectives on how electronic health records (EHRs) can become a secure, searchable resource that doesn’t overburden clinicians. Im proud that Stanford Medicine is at the forefront of the efforts to improve EHRs, and left the symposium encouraged by our progress. Read my LinkedIn article and coverage in Inside Stanford Medicine.

Yasmin Owusu
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Yasmin Owusu, MD, Named Assistant Dean for Academic Advising
Im pleased to announce that Dr. Yasmin Owusu has been appointed the School of Medicines Assistant Dean for Academic Advising. Since joining the Stanford faculty in 2015, Dr. Owusu has held leadership positions in medical education, diversity, and wellness. Her many accomplishments, as well as her strong commitment to mentoring our students and trainees, made her an ideal candidate for this position. Read more

New Stanford Hospital
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Dress Rehearsals Ready Care Teams for New Hospitals Opening Day
On November 17, we will transfer our first patients to the new Stanford Hospital. Among many other preparations, Stanford Health Care staff and School of Medicine faculty—more than 860 people—participated in an all-day dress rehearsal with volunteer patients. Im thankful to our entire community, whose efforts will ensure a seamless transition of care. And I cant wait for opening day. Read more

LGBTQ+ Forum
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Recognizing the LGBTQ+ Community at Stanford
I was honored to participate in Stanford Medicines second annual LGBTQ+ Forum. This celebration not only recognizes the many diverse people contributing to our Precision Health vision, it exemplifies how our institution can become a model for creating a more diverse and inclusive society. I thank the LGBTQ+ Forum organizers for their steadfast commitment to ensuring Stanford Medicine remains a welcoming culture that embraces the talents and contributions of all members. Read more
Precision Health News
Euan Ashley
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Smartphone App Encourages Physical Activity, Novel Study Finds
In the first entirely digital, randomized clinical trial, Stanford researchers led by Euan Ashley (pictured) found that a daily ping from a smartphone app boosted physical activity by about 10 percent. Read more.

Perry family
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Stranger Donates Kidney to Boy in Response to Social Media Plea
When they learned that neither of them could donate a kidney to their son, Kaleb’s parents posted a plea for help on social media. Within a month, they found a life-saving match from a stranger. Read more.

Marius Wernig
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Cause of Rare but Deadly Neurological Disease Identified
Having determined the cause of a deadly neurological disease that primarily affects infant boys, researchers at Stanford, UCSF, and Cambridge, including Marius Wernig (pictured), will conduct a clinical trial of a promising drug. Read more.

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
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Stanford Childrens Health Earns Magnet Status
The American Nurses Credentialing Center bestowed Magnet status upon Stanford Childrens Health, a recognition received by only 8 percent of 6,300 U.S. health care organizations. Read more
Mother and baby
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Maternal and Child Health Research Institute Symposium
This second annual research symposium brings together faculty, trainees, students, and postdoctoral scholars to explore the latest developments in maternal and child health research.

Friday, November 15
8 am–4:30 pm  
Berg Hall

Learn more and register
Symphony
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Stanford Medicine Symphony Survey
A survey is now open to all members of the Stanford Medicine community to determine interest in starting a Stanford Medicine Symphony for a spring concert.

Learn more and take the survey
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