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University of Iowa Health Care 2013 Annual Report

From the UI Health Care Leadership

It’s often said that change is inevitable. In academic medicine, change is essential.

Throughout its history, advances in medicine—in education, research, cures, and treatments—have come from individuals and groups not satisfied with existing ways of exploring science, understanding disease, and alleviating human pain and suffering.

With each new generation of scientists and clinicians, innovations in technology, teaching, and clinical application have brought new knowledge and understanding at an accelerated pace. Today, it is estimated that the body of medical knowledge doubles every five to seven years. Computer-based tools allow scientists to gather and analyze data in ways that were limited, if not impossible, just 20 years ago. What we know today about cellular biology, biochemical processes, and the human genome has expanded dramatically over the past two to three decades and is continuing to open new avenues for exploration and growth.

So what is game-changing medicine?

It’s research, education, and patient care and service that transform medicine to whole new levels. That’s what people expect from University of Iowa Health Care, and it’s evident in important ways:

  • Leading and partnering in the development of new diagnostic tests or procedures to treat diseases, disorders, and trauma
  • Continuously striving to achieve the highest levels of quality, safety, and service for our patients and employees
  • Implementing a new medical education curriculum that emphasizes greater integration between coursework and clinical clerkships; more freedom for students to develop a path of study in line with their career interests and goals; and enhanced opportunities to identify and embrace changing practices and technologies
  • Teaching medical students to work in interdisciplinary teams, maximizing each student’s capacity to become an outstanding clinician and scientist, as well as a good communicator, listener, and lifelong learner
  • Basic sciences research that expands our understanding of human physiology at the molecular level
  • Personalized genomic medicine—using a person’s family and medical history, genetic information, and lifestyle to detect, predict, or prevent cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and blinding eye conditions
  • Developing programs in the emerging field of predictive analytics in medicine, using bioinformatics, genomics, economics, decision science, and other disciplines to determine the best application of treatments and therapies
  • Designing clinical research trials to test the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and medical devices
  • Working with doctors and other providers across Iowa and the region to ensure timely access to specialty care for their patients
  • Strengthening our relationships with our UI Health Alliance partners—who represent more than 50 hospital and 160 physician clinics—to deliver high-quality services and improve the health of families and communities
  • Outreach and educational programs that help people understand—and take a more active role—in their own health
  • Partnering with individuals, families, and organizations who believe in our mission and support the work we do through philanthropy

Moreover, game-changing medicine is a commitment to transforming the way we think about and deliver health care.

It’s about our people—more than 12,000 faculty, staff members, student, residents and fellows, and volunteers across our enterprise—who have the skills and resources to understand problems, identify challenges and opportunities, and reach beyond traditional ways of learning, teaching, conducting research, and caring for patients.

Ultimately, it’s about making a tangible difference in the lives of people in Iowa and around the world—how they understand their health, take care of themselves and their families, and how they value their health care team. It’s helping people feel better, live longer, and be healthier.

That’s the change we seek—and the challenge we welcome—each and every day.

Jean E. Robillard, MD
Vice President for Medical Affairs
University of Iowa

Debra A. Schwinn, MD
Dean, UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

Kenneth P. Kates, MBA
Associate Vice President, UI Health Care
CEO, UI Hospitals and Clinics

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