A new telehealth initiative run by the Mount Sinai Health System allows patients and their primary care physicians to hold “virtual” appointments or videoconferences for nonurgent follow-up visits. Designed to improve care and enhance convenience, the program can be accessed through an iPhone or Android smartphone app. It is expected to be particularly beneficial for patients with chronic illnesses who require medical management, or those with nonurgent infections—an upper respiratory illness, for example—who require follow-up care. Read more
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has ushered in a new era in digital health care with two pioneering collaborations involving Google [X] Life Sciences (GLS) and Apple Inc.’s recently released ResearchKit framework—software that enables patients to join medical research studies using their iPhones. Read more
The Sinai AppLab, a pioneering digital initiative between the departments of Medicine and Information Technology, is creating technology platforms to address the needs of patients, health care providers, and researchers within the Mount Sinai Health System. Under the direction of Ashish Atreja, MD, MPH, Chief Technology Innovation and Engagement Officer in the Department of Medicine, the lab has developed five apps and an app platform that connect to Mount Sinai’s Electronic Health Records (EHR). Read more
The Mount Sinai Hospital officially opened its 20,700-square-foot Lauder Family Cardiovascular Ambulatory Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception on Wednesday, May 6, before an audience of jubilant supporters. The expansive Center, which will allow Mount Sinai physicians to treat nearly 300 heart and vascular outpatients a day, was established with generous support from Ronald S. Lauder and Leonard A. Lauder and their families in honor of Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, the Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital. Read more
The Mount Sinai Health System invited staff, their friends and families, and the public, to learn about skin cancer prevention and receive a free, total-body skin examination during National Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May. The screenings took place in the dermatology departments of The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Roosevelt, and, for the first time, at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s. At The Mount Sinai Hospital, 97 people were examined; 81 at Mount Sinai Beth Israel; 77 at Mount Sinai Roosevelt; and 22 at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s.
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) and Sundar Jagannath, MD, Director, Multiple Myeloma Program, The Tisch Cancer Institute, Mount Sinai Health System, teamed up recently to host a free patient education symposium at the Sheraton New York. Dr. Jagannath is a renowned researcher and clinician in the treatment of multiple myeloma, a relatively rare cancer of the bone marrow that results from abnormal growth of plasma cells. The MMRF, based in Norwalk, Connecticut, is the world’s No. 1 private funder of multiple myeloma research. The 200 attendees learned about managing the disease and today’s most promising treatment options from leading Mount Sinai clinicians. Participants included Ajai Chari, MD, Director of Clinical Research, Multiple Myeloma Program; and Hearn Jay Cho, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Medical Oncology), and Bethann Scarborough, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine), at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Mount Sinai’s Multiple Myeloma Program is the largest of its kind in New York City.
The Department of Graduate Medical Education at Mount Sinai Beth Israel held its 13th Annual Resident and Fellow Research Fair on Thursday, May 7. Judges reviewed 100 abstracts covering a wide range of topics and selected three that will receive a prize at the hospital’s graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 10. Additionally, 10 semifinalists will represent Mount Sinai Beth Israel at the Sixth Annual Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education Resident and Fellow Research Day on Friday, June 5. Read more
DiversityInc, the nation’s leading publication in advancing excellence in diversity management, has ranked the Mount Sinai Health System No. 5 on its 2015 “Top 5 Hospitals and Health Systems” list. The recognition honors the accomplishments of the Health System’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, the diversity center of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Even after a 31 percent increase in competition this year and the use of more competitive methodology, the Health System was able to improve from its No. 6 ranking in 2014. “Our goal was to move up on the list, and we accomplished that this year,” says Gary Butts, MD, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Mount Sinai Health System, and Senior Associate Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy and Community Affairs, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “This recognition acknowledges the sustained commitment of our leadership to advancing diversity and inclusion.” Read more
A distinguished bioethicist and oncologist; a pioneer in the creation and development of integrated, patient-centered health care software; a Nobel Prize-winning neurologist; and an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court were honored at the 46th annual Commencement of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, held Friday, May 8, at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. Read more
Practice medicine with professionalism and integrity, be compassionate, and amid daily challenges always remember what inspired you to become a doctor. U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor offered that advice to students at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai during a special question-and-answer session on Thursday, May 7. Justice Sotomayor met with students and faculty on campus in Goldwurm Auditorium the day before receiving her honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the Icahn School of Medicine’s 46th annual Commencement Ceremony. Read more