Hyagriv Simhan, MD, MS is Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Executive Vice Chair for Obstetrical Services at Magee-Womens Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), and Director of Patient Care Delivery Innovation and Technology at UPMC. Dr. Simhan completed his undergraduate studies and medical school at Boston University. Following completion of internship and residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Simhan completed fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Reproductive Infectious Diseases and Immunology. He also received a Master of Science in Clinical Research from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Simhan is an experienced clinical and translational perinatal researcher, with focus on preterm birth. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on “Preterm Birth: Causes, Consequences, and Prevention” and a co-author of the Committee’s report. He is active in establishing and implementing obstetrical patient safety and health care quality efforts, including obstetrical crisis medical emergency teams and labor induction process improvement. These efforts have been acknowledged through receipt of the Fine Award for Health Care Quality Improvement from the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative and the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania, Achievement Award for Health Care Quality Improvement/Patient Safety.
Integrating Clinical Improvement and Activity Based Costing Identifies Pathway to Healthier Moms and Babies
Nationally, one in ten pregnant women develops gestational diabetes (GDM), increasing the chance of negative outcomes for both mom and baby. Clinical leaders know early treatment will impact the outcomes, but early identification of these patients poses its own set of challenges. To address these challenges, The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) uses a service line management approach, coupled with an activity-based costing solution. An advantage of this organizational structure is the ability to easily access integrated clinical and financial information for a specific patient population. Come and learn how an interdisciplinary team, including clinicians and finance, developed an improvement proposal with a return on investment (ROI) projection to gain executive sponsorship and clinician engagement. Providing clinicians with detailed information about the effectiveness of the interventions resulted in the development of a pathway for clinical screening and interventions to benefit moms and babies.