Our Pediatric Hospital Medicine team are proud to be working to improve the lives of children in Utah and around the world by focusing our scholarly activities in the following areas:
Health Equities and Disparity
We value the diversity of our patients and eliminate care disparities, enabling children to reach their full potential. Improving health access for children living in resource poor environments is an important part of our mission.
Collaborations between providers, patients, and parents in medical decision making promotes high quality, family centered care and ensures that even in difficult medical decisions, the care team makes the best decision for each individual patient. Using traditional and innovative health services research methods, we advance the evidence base for medical decisions and apply state-of-the-art interventions into clinical care so that all children and their families can make the best-informed decision for their needs.
High Value Care
Both too much and too little medical care can be harmful to patients. An area of excellence for our division is studying pediatric high-value care, which seeks to provide children with the optimal amount of any medical intervention. Achieving an optimal amount of intervention requires efficient use of healthcare resources to maximize benefits and minimize harms for children receiving medical care.
Health information technology and the science underpinning its design, development, dissemination, and evaluation is transforming the way pediatric patients, caregivers and their health care providers access information; the ways they make decisions; and how they receive/deliver health care. We study how health informatics can improve the health of- and delivery of health care to children.
Change is an intrinsic part of the medical world as new information, technologies, and approaches to medicine are created and discovered. As a division, we use quality improvement to systematically and continuously evaluate changes by working with multi-disciplinary teams to ensure these changes lead to better patient outcomes, optimize health system performance, and improve physician-patient relationships.