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UCLA Shines at the Society for Technology in Anesthesia

March 2nd, 2017

UCLA Shines at the Society for Technology in Anesthesia
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"To have this many people in one room who are as excited as we are about informatics and technology is really cool!"

That was Dr. Theodora Wingert's reaction at the recent Society for Technology in Anesthesia (STA) annual meeting in San Diego, where the UCLA Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine was very well represented.

The STA, founded in 1988, is an international organization of physicians, engineers, students, and others with an interest in anesthesia-related technologies. This year's annual meeting provided a forum for discussion on the future of anesthesiology and innovation in perioperative care through application of bioinformatics, analysis of "big data" within perioperative medicine, advances in outcome tracking, novel approaches to education, and advances in medical devices.

 
Dr. Theodora Wingert and Dr. James Moore
 
Dr. Ira Hofer and Dr. Maxime Cannesson
 
Dr. Drew Cheng

Several UCLA faculty members lectured or moderated in the educational program. Dr. James Moore presented "MACRA & MIPS: The Intersection of Quality and Payment" in the "Evidence on Outcomes and Finances" session. Drs. Ira Hofer and Maxime Cannesson moderated the "Making the Most of Data: Turning the Raw Information into Useful Information" and "Young Researchers" workshops, which focused on coding skills and machine learning algorithms.

The "Best of Show" award for research went to Dr. Christine Lee for her work with Drs. Cannesson and Hofer on "Deep Learning for Predicting Postoperative In-Hospital Mortality". This was the first time this kind of algorithm has been used to predict outcomes for surgical patients, and the presentation generated a lively audience discussion. Other attendees from our department included Drs. Drew Cheng, of the Division of Bioinformatics and Analytics, and Christopher Dinh, a CA-2 resident.

In addition to the didactic presentations covering multiple aspects of research and development, technological innovation, and entrepreneurship in anesthesiology, the STA annual meeting provided a venue for poster presentations on current research utilizing technology in anesthesia, and an exhibitor area for commercial vendors and supporters of the meeting.

The well-received participation of UCLA faculty at this meeting validated this department's position as a leader in bioinformatics and quality research. Dr. Cannesson has served on the Board of Directors of the STA for the past five years in his role as Section Editor of technology and computing for the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia. Today, several members of our Department are actively involved with the society. As interest in this field continues to increase, and plays a larger role in improving patient care and outcomes, we expect that UCLA Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine will be leading the charge towards next year's STA annual meeting in 2018.



Drew Cheng, MD

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