Service Systems Executive Speaker Series and Working Group
Speaker: Dr. Yan Chow, Director, Innovation & Advanced Technology Group
Kaiser Permanente Information Technology
Time: Thursday, July 15, 1:00-2:25pm
Location: Room 110, Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley [directions]
Title: Evaluating New Information Technology in Health Care
The evaluation and management of new information technologies is an increasing challenge for health care organizations that want to establish innovation as a core strategic capability. The Innovation and Advanced Technology Group at Kaiser Permanente looks at technologies from clinical, business, and strategic viewpoints to help inform internal decisions on technology expenditure and direction. This session will discuss the work of this innovation group, as well as some of the factors and priorities that influence KP's view of technology products and vendors.
Dr. Yan Chow is Director of Kaiser Permanente (KP) Information Technology’s Innovation & Advanced Technology Group (IAT). IAT identifies, assesses, and makes internal recommendations on new and emerging clinical information technologies that will impact health care in the next 2 to 5 years.
IAT is affiliated with KP’s Sidney R. Garfield Center for Health Care Innovation, a unique state-of-the-art 37,000-sf laboratory for care delivery simulation. The Garfield Center houses a full-sized OR, ED, ICU, OB suite, medical/surgical ward, clinic, home care environment, and IT lab. Here new technologies and workflows are tested in as real a setting as possible without risk to patients or disruption of operations.
Dr. Chow has had a successful clinical practice at KP for over two decades. For 10 of those years, he was also involved in regional IT management, overseeing a number of operational systems, including enterprise email, reference databases, and CIPS, the primary system used by 58,000 providers in 60 dispersed sites to manage schedules, labs, radiology results, medications, and immunizations. He also led experimental projects such as KP’s first PC interface for mainframe systems and created KP’s first bulletin board forum for physicians.
Dr. Chow has founded and advised a number of technology startup companies in the Internet, health care technology, storage, and database spaces. He was awarded 3 U.S. patents for a network storage architecture 2 orders of magnitude faster than competitors and developed software to accelerate very large database (VLB) processing 240-fold. He has been an author and invited speaker at database industry conferences.
Dr. Chow earned his A.B. with honors from Harvard University and his M.D. from the University of California at San Diego. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2005 he received his MBA from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where he graduated as valedictorian.