2019 Innovation Well-Being Pilot Award Winner Announced

The UNC System-Wide Integrated Well-Being Program and Center for Health Innovation are pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 Innovation Well-Being Pilot Award. Proposals were sought from UNC Health Care and School of Medicine faculty and employees for innovations focused on preventing and treating burnout, facilitating efficiency of practice, and promoting a culture of wellness.

A winner has emerged from the many strong applications received. The proposal demonstrated clear dedication towards meeting the fourth arm of the Quadruple Aim: preventing burnout and improving work-life balance. A summary of the winning proposal can be found below:

Promoting Physician Well Being through Improved Epic Experience

PI: Carl J Seashore, MD, Clinical Professor (Pediatrics) 

Co-PI: Saif Khairat, PhD, Assistant Professor (CHIP, School of Nursing) 

The use of electronic health records (EHR) directly contributes to physician burnout. Additionally, poor EHR design can affect decision making and cause delays in care, medical errors, and unanticipated patient-safety events. By providing individual, tailored training for physicians struggling with EHR usability, this project aims to improve EHR experience and mitigate EHR-related stressors, decreasing EHR burden and improving physician well-being.

Thanks to all of the applicants for their interest and dedication, and congratulations to the winner.

Through the UNC System-Wide Integrated Well-Being Program, UNC Physicians, the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Health Care will develop a comprehensive, system-wide approach to identify the best tools already in use throughout our system and find innovative ways to improve both Epic@UNC and the flow of practice, with the goal of meeting the fourth arm of the Quadruple Aim: preventing burnout and improving work life. For more information on the Integrated Well-Being Program, visit https://www.unchealthcare.org/wellbeing/.

Established by UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine, the Center for Health Innovation initiates, evaluates and supports the adoption of disruptive, patient-centered innovations in the delivery and financing of health care. The Center strives to provide rapid assessment, coordinated facilitation, program management, partnership development and funding for innovation. To learn more about the Center, visit www.med.unc.edu/innovation.