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Dr. Dan Martich Named Vice Chair of CCM Informatics

Wed, 10/22/2014

The Department of Critical Care Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. G. Daniel (Dan) Martich has been named the Vice Chair of Critical Care Medicine Informatics. In this position, Dr. Martich will focus on integrating CCM into the overall technology plan for UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, which will include specific efforts towards greater transparency in decision-making, and an increased effort in telemedicine activities.

“I’m excited about this new opportunity and look forward to continuing my work here in the Department of Critical Care Medicine,” Dr. Martich said. “This coming year, I hope to strengthen our best practices in providing care, by requiring physicians to declare specific conditions for critically ill patients for whom they are ordering antibiotics. This is the start of a larger plan to tie all drug and other orders to conditions and diseases. I will also be assisting with directed telemedicine activities, in order to further improve the outreach of our department wherever and whenever possible.”

As an example of what his new role entails, Dr. Martich recently represented UPMC and the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the International Oncology Symposium in Astana, Kazakhstan (September 24-26, 2014). While his talk there generally focused on electronic medical records, it also addressed the types of decision support and pathway development that CCM is developing. In addition, Dr. Martich delivered the closing keynote address at the European Telemedicine Conference in Rome, Italy (October 7-8, 2014). His talk, provocatively entitled "Extinct Species – Why Hospitals Will be Obsolete and Medicine will be Digital,” explored the current state of healthcare, and its potential future makeup. One of his examples from that talk, which he will continue to develop in his role as Vice Chair, involves extending the personal portal activities of MyUPMC to allow for greater transparency. This transparency effort will be expanded, Dr. Martich hopes, to the ICU as intensivists determine ways to enable patient proxies to view records of their critically ill family members.

G. Daniel Martich, MD, FACP, has been a part of UPMC since 1992, when he left the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to join the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh as an attending intensivist. Dr. Martich, who has served as Chief Medical Information Officer at UPMC since 2000, is also the Vice President of Physician Services at UPMC, as well as Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Clinical & Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Martich also serves as the UPMC liaison with the University of Pittsburgh for all research related to electronic medical records, having co-created CARe with Dr. Steve Reis (for which Dr. John Kellum now serves as the medical director). He is also the principal investigator for UPMC for the multi-site Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) grant, involving Johns Hopkins, Penn State, Temple, and the University of Pittsburgh, studying Atrial Fibrillation, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, and Obesity.