MOC News & Events

Informing evidence-based decision-making: MOC 2020 report

The Department of Clinical Pharmacy's Medication Outcomes Center (MOC) recently released its fiscal year (FY) 2020 report. The report highlights an exceptionally productive year in which the MOC led major initiatives to inform best-practices in drug prescribing, utilization and outcomes evaluations, and reduce drug costs while improving operational efficiencies in drug management.

Access the report here.

MOC Work on Machine Learning-Driven Alert System to Identify Medical Errors Highlighted in ASHP Briefing

A recent study co-authored by the MOC Director, Professor Rodriguez-Monguio, and published in the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, was highlighted in the Friday, January 3rd Daily Briefing of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists (ASHP).

The study applied machine learning algorithms to identify medication error alerts in the outpatient setting, assessed the severity of potential outcomes of alerted medication errors, and estimated the associated direct health care costs of these potentially prevented adverse events. A total of 10,668 alerts of medium and high clinical value were identified. The estimated cost of adverse events potentially prevented was over $60 per drug alert or $1.3 million when extrapolated to the full patient population.

In partnership with Bulletin Healthcare, ASHP Daily Briefing summarizes the most relevant news stories from thousands of sources and disseminated this important piece of work to its nearly 55,000 pharmacy sector members.

To read the research abstract,click here.

Quality Improvement Work of the MOC Recognized by UCSF Leadership

Quality improvement projects in support of UCSF’s True North pillars are an important part of the MOC’s work. One of these focused on albumin, an intravenous fluid commonly used in a variety of ailments. The project addressed the common use of this costly drug at UCSF. Of concern was the 1.2 million US dollars spent in direct annual drug costs and the fact that it is often used when other, less costly, alternatives exist. 

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Continuously Improving The Learner Experience

As part of her work as Associate Professor and her focus on infectious disease, Trang Trinh is heavily involved in teaching UCSF School of Pharmacy students about antibiotics and their use in treating bacterial diseases and infections. Part of her teaching responsibilities include vancomycin pharmacokinetics (PK). Teaching on how this antibiotic moves throughout the body has been challenging for students in the past and Dr. Trinh has applied for a grant that allows for the use of InsightRX, a more hand-on approach to teaching clinical PK principles. With this grant, Dr. Trinh will be able to determine the value of this tool to improve learning for UCSF students on a subject that has historically been difficult for many. 

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