In this episode, Dwight Raum discusses digital transformation, precision medicine, and big data at Johns Hopkins.
At Johns Hopkins, digital is the marriage of new technologies with traditional technologies and recognizing the symbiotic relationship between the two. Many healthcare providers get drawn to every new technology that comes to market, like moths to the light. However, the only way to deliver on value-based care in the future is to use technology as the scaling arm for efficiencies.
At Johns Hopkins, innovations are used to drive operational efficiencies. The dollars freed up are reinvested in the future state initiatives. The shift toward the capitation model has been a big driver and accelerator for the change.
Dwight Raum is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Johns Hopkins Health System and Johns Hopkins University. With Johns Hopkins over 17 years, Dwight serves as a leader in IT infrastructure operations, product innovation, university information systemsand precision medicine. His passion lies in challenging the status quo, mobilizing teams to harness technology and championing change.
Dwight’s responsibilities envelop several levels of technology, but start with core, foundational IT infrastructure. This includes services such as data center, storage, compute, helpdesk and cybersecurity. Proficient infrastructure affords Hopkins opportunity and capacity to explore new ways of generating value from its technology investments. Dwight’s leadership has been instrumental transforming how Hopkins uses technology to meet its mission.
In 2014, Dwight cofounded the Technology Innovation Center (TIC) and now serves as its Executive Director. The TIC cultivates innovative faculty and teams them with technical experts to solve problems. Since its inception, TIC led initiatives have demonstrated improved patient care by bettering access to information, optimizing workflows, applying novel technologies and improving communications. The TIC also partners with early stage startups. As a liaison, the TIC helps to navigate and balance disruptive change with the rigors of a complex medical enterprise. Recognizing change occurs at the speed-of-trust, the TIC also fosters several leadership development programs and convenes events to connect informal change agents.
Dwight also leads technical platform implementation of the Johns Hopkins precision medicine initiative called inHealth. InHealth combines research, data science, technology and clinical disciplines into an integrated program that is transforming the standard of care into precision medicine. The technical core of this platform is a cloud-based big-data system, upon which multiple diseases are simultaneously investigated using genomics, computer vision, machine learning and deep neural networks. The initiative seeks to improve individual and population health outcomes by accelerating the pace of discovery and ensuring innovations transition to care delivery. Dwight helped crystalize the strategy around the platform’s architecture and critical components, and assembled a technical team capable of rapid execution. This work is modernizing research tools, while improving access to data. InHealth is ushering in a new era of discovery, treatment, and outcomes for patients.
As part of his role as Chief Technology Officer, Dwight has improved the proficiency of delivery from the IT organization and aligned technology with Johns Hopkins missions. He promotes the transformational power of a service-oriented organization that maintains consolidated and integrated IT systems. Dwight’s vision is based on ensuring market competitiveness, committing to value, and promoting service excellence
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