Duke Institute for Health Innovation announces 2021 Innovation Awards

Duke Health leaders have selected ten high-potential innovation projects to be implemented as part of the Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI)’s annual call for project ideas in the areas of novel strategies to improve value of care delivery, advance health equity, amplify digital solutions for care and monitoring, strengthen provider and staff experience and well-being and enhance patient engagement and experience.

This is the eighth year that DIHI has funded projects through a call for innovation applications (RFA) across Duke Health. In addition to providing funding for these projects, DIHI will work with various Duke Health and Duke University partners to provide access to data, analytics, statistical analysis, machine learning and AI resources, while driving project and implementation management.

“The challenges we have faced over the past year have helped us re-focus our attention on finding new and innovative ways to advance care, improve lives and promote equity. The DIHI RFA taps into our incredibly talented faculty and staff who are motivated to seek solutions that address these issues,” said William J Fulkerson, M.D., Executive Vice President, Duke University Health System. “The projects selected this year offer the potential for changing how we deliver care, improving operations in some cases while re-imagining our approach to health and health equity in others,” he added.

2021 DIHI Innovation Projects: Principal Investigators and team

Identifying Inequities in Access to Organ Transplantation

McElroy, Lisa, MD, MS, Dept. of Surgery, Duke Transplant Center
Wilder, Julius, MD, PhD, Asst. Professor of Medicine
Sanoff, Scott, MD, Asst. Professor of Medicine
Sudan, Deb, MD, Chief, Division of Abdominal Transplant Surgery
Knechtle, Stuart, MD, Professor of Surgery, Executive Director, Duke Transplant Center

GO-POP: Integration of a validated post-operative opioid use nomogram for gynecologic surgery

Davidson, Brittany, MD -- Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Havrilesky, Laura, MD, MHSc, Prof. Dept. of OB/GYN, Division of Gynecologic Oncology
Jelovsek, Eric, MD, Prof. Dept. of OB/GYN, Division of Urogynecology
Gray, Beverly, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Barber, Matthew, MD, Chair, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Berchuck, Andrew, MD, Division Chief, Gynecologic Oncology, Duke Cancer Institute

A Geriatric-Specific Mortality Risk Statification Tool for Older Surgical Adults

Kazaure ,Hadiza, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology 
Lagoo-Deenadayalan, Sandhya, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery
McDonald, Shelley, DO, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics)
Blitz, Jeanna, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Medical Director, Duke PASS Clinic

Problem List Aggregator and Clean Up Tool

McPeek Hinz, Eugenia, , MD, MS, Associate Chief Health Information Officer, DUHS
Nadler, Lisa, MD, Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health
Allard, Paula, Director, Revenue Operations and Professional Coding, PRMO
Wahidi, Momen, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Patient Revenue Management Organization
Shannon, Colleen, JD, Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer, DUHS 

Machine Learning Approach to Pediatric Sepsis Recognition

Sterrett, Emily, MD, Medical director of the Pediatric Emergency Department 
Subramanian, Neel, MD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics
Uhl, Tammy, BSN, RN, Pediatric Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Duke University School of Nursing
Denis, Liset, BSN, RN, Nurse Manager of Operations, Duke University Hospital Emergency Department
Langdon, Jeffrey, MHA, Vice President, Women's and Children's Services at Duke University Hospital

Building a Predictive Model for Survival after Lung Transplantation

Laurie Snyder, MD, MHS, Associate Medical Director of the Duke Lung Transplant Program 
Bottiger, Brandi, Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology 
Hartwig, Matthew, MD, Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery
Klapper, Jacob, MD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery
John M Reynolds, Medical Director of the Duke Lung Transplant Program

Improving equity and value of peripheral artery disease care at a population level

Weissler, Elizabeth Hope, MD , House Staff, Vascular Surgery
Jones, Schuyler William, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Div. of Cardiology, Duke Heart Center
Southerland, Kevin, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine
Patel, Manesh, MD, Professor of Medicine, Chief, Division of Cardiology, Director Heart Center
Henao, Ricardo, PhD, Assistant Professor in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Rusincovitch, Shelley, Associate Director of Informatics at Duke Forge
Sangvai, Devdutta, MD, MBA, Vice President for Population Health Management, DUHS
Yeatts, John, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Population Health Management Office
Costello, Daniel, MPA, Chief Operating Officer, Population Health Management Office 
Schilder, Mary, RN, Senior Director, Analytics Customer Solutions, Population Health Management Office
Chatterjee Montgomery, Ranee, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine

Predicting hospital admissions and emergency room visits from immune related adverse events

Afreen Shariff, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine Associate Director for Multi-Disciplinary Care for Immune Related Toxicities, Duke Cancer Institute (DCI)
Choe, Jennifer Hsing, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology
Zafar, Yousuf, MD, MHS, Chief Quality and innovation Officer, Duke Cancer Institute
Ferreira, Michelle, MD, Resident Physician, Department of Internal Medicine
Reeve, Bryce B., PhD, Prof. Dept. of Population Health Sciences
Antonia, Scott Joseph, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Director, Center for Cancer Immunotherapy, DCI

Caremap: A Digital Personal Health Record to Coordinate Care for Children with Complex Health Needs

Ming, David, MD, Assistant Professor in Pediatrics
Shah, Nirmish, MD, Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics
Chung, Richard, MD, Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics
King, Heather, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences
Milazzo, Angelo, MD, Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, Vice Chair of Practice and Clinical Affairs

Duke ED Diversion Project

Burrows, Brian, MD, Chair and Medical Director, Duke Regional Emergency Department.
Kapadia, Neel, MD, Asst. Medical Director, Emergency Medicine, & Medical Director of the Transfer Center
Joiner, Anjni MD, Asst. Professor of Surgery and The Durham County EMS Medical Director
Demarco, Frank, RN, Associate Chief Nursing Officer Emergency Services, DUH
Cockerham, Zachary, RN, Operations, Nurse Manager Emergency Department at DRH
Wilson, Ed, RN, Operations, Nurse Manager Emergency Department at DUH

Starting in April, DIHI will begin working with the project teams on design and development of ideas into implementable solutions. For an update on projects funded and implemented through the previous RFAs, please refer to the DIHI Impact Report Issue 21.  For further information, please contact Suresh Balu, associate dean for innovation and partnership.