Open Notes

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"Open Notes" has real potential to improve the diagnostic process by improving the accuracy of the medical record.  Don't miss the "Seinfeld" video mentioned in this month's Moore Foundation newsletter - it features e-patient Dave and how far we've come wth open notes.


Mark L Graber MD FACP
President, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine
Senior Fellow, RTI International
Professor Emeritus, Stony Brook University

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Perspective: Infusing science into policy decisions
By Harvey V. Fineberg, Ph.D.
Each day our elected officials make policy decisions that affect our lives on a wide-range of topics such as public health, air quality, water, energy, transportation and innovation. Knowledge of science and engineering could inform discussion and advance debate. Harvey Fineberg, president of the Moore Foundation, applauds the Science Fellows selected by the California Council on Science and Technology who staff legislative offices and committees in the California State Assembly.
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GRANTEE NAME: Center to Advance Palliative Care at the Icahn School of Medicine
PROGRAM AREA: Patient Care
This month we're highlighting the Center to Advance Palliative Care <> at the Icahn School of Medicine, the nation’s leading resource for palliative care development and growth. As a national, member-based organization, they provide hospitals, health systems, hospices, payers and other health care organizations with the tools, training, technical assistance and metrics needed to support the successful implementation and integration of palliative care <>. 

New tunnels in Santa Cruz Mountains will provide safe corridor for wildlife
By the end of this decade, mountain lions, deer and other wildlife living in the Santa Cruz Mountains will have their own protected passage across the notoriously dangerous Highway 17 when Northern California’s first major “wildlife corridors” are constructed. Funding from the foundation’s regional conservation work will support construction of the Laurel Curve tunnel.

Safe passage program aims to improve air quality and protect blue whales
Nearly 200 blue whales visit the Santa Barbara Channel each summer on their annual migration up the West Coast. Meanwhile, thousands of container ships transit the channels internationally designated shipping lanes each year, elevating the risk of ship strikes on these endangered animals. Funding from the foundation’s Marine Conservation Initiative has helped support the Safe Passage Project’s collaborative efforts to balance the needs of humans, whales and ships in the Santa Barbara Channel region.

Seinfeld's Elaine reminds us why we should have our medical records
In 1996, a Seinfeld episode chronicled Elaine trying to view her record. Her doctor labelled her a “difficult patient” and her requests to see her record confirmed the diagnosis. At that time, HIPAA was not law and people did not have a legal right to view their records. Today, 20 years later, they do and increasingly they have access to electronic medical records. The creators of OpenNotes <> developed this new video <> featuring the infamous Seinfeld episode and e-patient Dave <> explaining why access to medical records matters.

Bird fossil discovery suggests dinosaurs didn't sing
Moore Foundation grantees at the University of Texas, Austin and the University of Utah recently discovered the oldest known vocal organ of a bird in an Antarctic fossil of a relative of ducks and geese that lived more than 66 million years ago during the age of dinosaurs. The discovery indicates that bird-like dinosaurs may not have been able to make noises similar to the birdcalls we hear today.

This month's quiz brought to you by Science Friday's #spookyscience: identify the item in the image above, are they: 

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In Case You Missed It
Beyond the Lab: Laura Waller, Ph.D.
In the latest installment of Beyond the Lab, Laura Waller, Ph.D., and foundation investigator in the Data Driven Discovery Initiative discusses how science is a team sport, and how the accomplishments of her students are her “real measure of success.” Waller currently leads the Computational Imaging Lab at U.C. Berkeley.
Ken Moore named chief administrative officer
In October Ken Moore was named chief administrative officer. Moore will lead facilities, finance, grants administration, human resources and information technology. Moore will continue to serve as the chief program officer for the Bay Area Program and as a trustee of the foundation.
Guillermo Castiellja is a "true systems thinker"
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies recently profiled foundation senior fellow Guillermo Castilleja. In the interview, Guillermo is described as a “true systems thinker” as he shares his vision for the foundation, his advice for students and his passion for his work. Castilleja was also honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award.
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