Mount Sinai Patient Scores a Marathon Win for Team IBDKids

Patient Evan Wood, left, at the New York City Marathon with Keith J. Benkov, MD

Patient Evan Wood, left, at the New York City Marathon with Keith J. Benkov, MD

Evan Wood, a 22-year-old Mount Sinai patient, won the Foot Locker Five-Borough Challenge at the New York City Marathon, representing Manhattan and Team IBDKids, a cause that is deeply meaningful to him. Mr. Wood, a recent graduate of New York University, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when he was 14, struggling with stomach pain and weighing about 80 pounds. With care from doctors at The Mount Sinai Hospital, including Keith J. Benkov, MD, he began to thrive. And inspired by Dr. Benkov, who has finished 29 New York marathons, he took up running. “He’s modest, and he doesn’t like praise,” Mr. Wood says of Dr. Benkov, “but he’s been a miracle for me; he’s been a lifesaver.” Dr. Benkov started and leads Team IBDKids, which supports The Children’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program at Mount Sinai. The team has raised more than $200,000 this year, and $3 million since starting in 2006, Dr. Benkov says. At the marathon on Sunday, November 6, Mr. Wood raised $3,163 while winning the Challenge, a “race-within-a-race” against four other runners, each representing a borough and a charity. They started together, but competition began in earnest at the halfway point, just outside of Queens. “It’s a very good-spirited competition,” says Mr. Wood, whose race time was 3:44:57. “And you get citywide bragging rights.”

Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice Plans Final Epic “Go-Live” December 1

The final “Go-Live” of a unified Epic electronic medical record for registration, scheduling, clinical documentation, and billing within the Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice is scheduled for Thursday, December 1, capping an implementation process that began in June. The large-scale transformation, which has involved 22 departments, is being led by the Faculty Practice’s Mount Sinai Practice Transformation program. To learn more, visit http://intranet1.mountsinai.org/mspt.

RxUniverse Puts Proven Apps in Patients’ Hands

RxUniverse-App-RTWith thousands of mobile health apps available to consumers, there is no standardized way for providers to find clinically proven apps that can be easily delivered to patients. Through RxUniverse, a new platform developed by researchers at the Mount Sinai Health System, the institution aims to be the first to address
this problem.

“Apps have typically been recommended to patients verbally, but with the myriad of mobile health apps on the market, many with no proven evidence, it is a challenge for providers and patients,” says Ashish Atreja, MD, MPH, Chief Technology Innovation and Engagement Officer in the Department of Medicine, and Director of Sinai AppLab. Read more

Integrating Patient Data Across the Health System

Program leaders for the Mount Sinai Medical Record Number effort include, from left, Patricia M. Lamb, MHHA; Marc Napp, MD; and Elena Sethi, Director, Program Management Office, Information Technology.

Program leaders for the Mount Sinai Medical Record Number effort include, from left, Patricia M. Lamb, MHHA; Marc Napp, MD; and Elena Sethi, Director, Program Management Office, Information Technology.

Beginning at 7 pm on Saturday, December 10, four hospitals within the Mount Sinai Health System will simultaneously convert their medical record numbering systems to one using a Mount Sinai Medical Record Number (MSMRN). The MSMRN is a unique patient identifier that is currently being used at The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai Queens, as well as numerous ambulatory practices within the Health System. A medical record number is assigned to each patient when first visiting Mount Sinai—whether for an office visit or hospital stay—and is the key to that patient’s clinical information. The four hospitals participating in the conversion are Mount Sinai West, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and Mount Sinai Brooklyn. Read more

First MedMaker Challenge Competition Fosters Innovation

First-place winners in the MedMaker Challenge included, from left, second-year medical students Taylor Miller, Davis Zhou, Dong Yao, and John Di Capua. Not pictured, team member Ryan Neff.

First-place winners in the MedMaker Challenge included, from left, second-year medical students Taylor Miller, Davis Zhou, Dong Yao, and John Di Capua. Not pictured, team member Ryan Neff.

SinaInnovations hosted its first MedMaker Challenge this year, a two-day competition to “democratize innovation” that drew 75 participants—including students from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and other institutions, and engineering and software professionals. The goal of the competition was to create a high-tech approach to managing, monitoring, and treating health problems associated with pain and fatigue. In all, 14 teams worked on solutions over a 48-hour period. A panel of judges from Mount Sinai chose first-, second-, and third-place winning teams that received prizes of $3,500, $2,500, and $1,500, respectively. Read more

Second Annual Mount Sinai Innovation Awards

Nineteen individuals from the Mount Sinai Health System were honored for their contributions to research, technology, medicine, and health care at the second annual Mount Sinai Innovation Awards ceremony, which was held on Monday, October 24, in conjunction with the SinaInnovations conference. Read more

Aortic Disease Center Opens at Mount Sinai

Julius H. Jacobson II, MD, left, with Michael L. Marin, MD

Julius H. Jacobson II, MD, left, with Michael L. Marin, MD

Mount Sinai surgeons, staff, and guests recently celebrated the opening of one of New York State’s first Aortic Disease Centers, which was established through the generous support of Julius H. Jacobson II, MD, Director Emeritus of Vascular Surgery and Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery at Mount Sinai, and his wife, Joan Jacobson. The Julius and Joan Jacobson Aortic Disease Center will be devoted to improving overall patient care and education, and advancing research and treatment efforts, including preventive strategies, for aortic aneurysms and other diseases of the aorta. Mount Sinai has long been a leader in developing new techniques and minimally invasive treatments for the repair of aortic aneurysms, which alone claim the lives of nearly 20,000 Americans each year. Read more

Two Mount Sinai Luminaries Are Elected To the National Academy of Medicine

Alison M. Goate, DPhil

Alison M. Goate, DPhil

Two prominent researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Alison M. Goate, DPhil, and Lynne D. Richardson, MD, recently were elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine, formerly named the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Goate is the Willard T.C. Johnson Research Professor of Neurogenetics, and Director of the Ronald M. Loeb Center on Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Richardson is Professor and Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine, and Professor of Population Health Science and Policy. Read more

Research Reveals New Insights Into the Preclinical Stages of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Study researchers Jean-Frédéric Colombel, MD, and Joana Torres, MD, postdoctoral fellow, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology)

Study researchers Jean-Frédéric Colombel, MD, and Joana Torres, MD, postdoctoral fellow, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology)

Years before inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is diagnosed and symptoms exist, biomarkers are already circulating that can help predict risk not only of disease development but also of complications, according to recent findings by Mount Sinai scientists and partner organizations. For the first time, researchers found that these markers, in the form of antimicrobial antibodies, were present in serum up to six years before diagnosis of IBD, and that the higher number of antibodies indicated a greater chance of complications at or around the time of diagnosis. Read more