The Brief  
Stanford Medicine
July 2017
Stanford Medicine Health Trends Report
Message from Dean Minor
Dear Colleagues,
In the course of our daily work, it’s sometimes easy to forget that we live in extraordinary times for biomedicine. Consider that 153 exabytes of health-related data — equivalent to 459,000 Libraries of Congress — were generated in 2013 alone.

Harnessing the power of this data is among the most important tasks facing the medical community, and it’s why the inaugural Stanford Medicine Health Trends Report puts big data at the center of health care’s future. A comprehensive review of research and insights from both within and outside of Stanford, the Health Trends Report outlines how more needs to be done to channel the full potential of this new data-driven reality.

Together, I believe that we at Stanford Medicine can drive advances in data analysis and management to help create a vision of health care that is more preventive, predictive, and precise. I’m tremendously excited to be pioneering the Precision Health movement with you, and I’d love to hear your thoughts. Read the report and share your comments.

Spotlight
Stanford Medicine Hires First Chief Wellness Officer
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Stanford Medicine Hires First Chief Wellness Officer
It is an honor to welcome Tait Shanafelt as Chief Wellness Officer for Stanford Medicine, the first such position at a U.S. academic medical center. Tait, who will also serve as Director of the WellMD program, is an international thought leader and researcher in the field of physician wellness. In June, Tait and I spoke to a gathering of the Blue Ridge Academic Health Group about Stanford Medicine’s commitment to creating an organizational foundation for joy in medicine. Learn more.

LPCH Receives Top Honors in U.S. News & World Report
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LPCH Receives Top Honors in U.S. News & World Report
I am extremely pleased that Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford again received top honors in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital survey. This accomplishment is a well-deserved recognition of the world-class care that we provide to children and expectant mothers and a tribute to our talented and compassionate providers. Learn more.

Stanford’s Community Day Brings Hundreds to Campus
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Stanford’s Community Day Brings Hundreds to Campus
It was a pleasure to welcome more than 1,500 individuals to campus for our annual open house, Health Matters. Through talks and interactive exhibits, members of the local community learned about the latest advances in medicine and heard tips on healthy living. I was especially honored to host 400 local high school students thinking about a career in health care for our Med School Morning program. Read more and watch presentations.

Showcasing Stanford Medicine at BIO International
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Showcasing Stanford Medicine at BIO International
Last month, I had the unique opportunity to showcase Stanford Medicine’s vision for more predictive and preventive health care at BIO International, the annual gathering of biotechnology leaders and influencers from around the world. In a fireside chat with Caroline Chen of Bloomberg News, I shared how we are leading the way to more proactive health through initiatives such as Project Baseline and the Stanford Precision Health for Ethnic and Racial Equity (SPHERE) Center. Read my post on LinkedIn.

Precision Health News
Thousands of Genes Influence Most Diseases
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Thousands of Genes Influence Most Diseases
A paper by Stanford Medicine scientists proposes an “omnigenic” model of inherited disease, suggesting that illness is caused by many broadly networked genes, rather than a small set as previously thought. Read more.

Team Uses Electronic Medical Record Data to Predict and Prevent Stroke
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Team Uses Electronic Medical Record Data to Predict and Prevent Stroke
Stanford Medicine’s Nigam Shah and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s Susan Zhao used data from thousands of stroke patients to develop an innovative algorithm to help predict which patients should be monitored for a second stroke. Read more.

Fixing EMRs is Essential to Breaking Down Wall Between Patients and Doctors
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Fixing EMRs is Essential to Breaking Down Wall Between Patients and Doctors
Technology can enhance productivity, but in a recent LinkedIn post, Dean Minor writes that electronic medical records (EMRs) can also create a wall between patients and doctors. He calls on patients and providers alike to push for a new generation of EMRs that function as seamless digital assistants. Read the post.

Upcoming Events
Stanford Precision Health for Ethnic and Racial Equity (SPHERE) Mini Symposium
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Stanford Precision Health for Ethnic and Racial Equity (SPHERE) Mini Symposium
Monday, August 14
1:00–3:30 pm
Mackenzie Room, Huang Engineering Center
Participants will hear about the innovative projects that are driving the inclusion of minority and adversely-impacted populations in Precision Health research and care.

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