Ten projects win UC’s 2015 information technology awards

Ten teams representing multiple locations across the University of California won the 2015 Larry L. Sautter Award for using information technology to make university operations more effective and efficient, and to better serve faculty, staff, students and patients.

Systemwide Chief Information Officer Tom Andriola announced the winners today (Aug. 17, 2015) at the UC Computing Services Conference in Riverside.

The annual award, which is sponsored by the UC Information Technology Leadership Council, recognizes collaborative innovations in IT that advance the university’s missions of teaching, research, public service and patient care, or that improve the effectiveness of university processes. The award encourages collaboration and solution sharing across the UC system.

The 2015 award winners and honorable mentions are:

Golden Awards
• UC ReX Data Explorer (UC Health) organizes data from 13.6 million patient records across UC’s five medical centers into a common format and allows authorized UC researchers, clinicians and administrators to access that data for research, clinical quality improvement and administrative inquiries.

• UC Safety Integrated Suite (UC Davis) is a suite of applications that provide researchers with a comprehensive way to manage workplace risks, meet institutional, state and federal requirements and easily manage data associated with their teaching and research laboratories.

• SPARCM (UC San Diego) replaces the old billing system for handling research grants with a new platform that increases billing accuracy and the timely delivery of invoices to sponsors. The campus handles more than 10,000 invoices totaling $300 million a year, and the new platform has reduced the once tedious monthly process of generating invoices from two weeks to just a few hours.

Silver Awards
• The Patient Story (UCLA Health) is a new addition to UCLA Health’s electronic health record system. The “patient story” appears as the log-in screen in a patient’s chart, helping clinicians understand a patient’s full story and deliver well-coordinated care. It has improved the quality of patient care at UCLA and is being adopted by other UC health systems and hospitals nationwide.

• The Learning Glass (UC San Diego) allows faculty to record a video for online courses while writing on a transparent glass surface in front of them. This allows them to maintain eye contact with the viewer that creates a more engaging video, while preserving their teaching style.

Honorable Mentions
• Enterprise Information Management and Analytics Program (UCSF) enables the campus to better manage its data and provide easy access to high-quality information and analytics on a variety of areas to its patient care staff, researchers, faculty advisors and students.

• Sherlock Cloud (UC San Diego) stores and manages data in a secure online environment for UC as well as state and federal agencies that meets the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

• The Berkeley Desktop (UC Berkeley) corrals a number of previously disparate IT infrastructure services, such as operating system updates, campus-wide software license administration, anti-virus management and more, into one location. This allows the campus to provide more cost-effective and flexible IT services.

• Enabling Science through Cyber Security at 100G (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) is a network monitoring system that supports high 100Gbps network speeds, which are essential for quickly sending the large amounts of data generated in Berkeley Lab’s research.

• Security Data Analytics Platform (UC Riverside) provides a cost-efficient approach to conducting security data analytics across many campus systems, services and applications. It has successfully enhanced the campus’s pro-active response to security threats by allowing teams to analyze network, system and user account activity in real time.

To read the applications, visit the Sautter Award Program website.

To be eligible, projects must be active and operational at a campus.

Established in 2000, the award is named after Larry L. Sautter, a UC Riverside associate vice chancellor for computing and communications who passed away in 1999. Under his leadership, a modern data network, client server computing, and improved technical support services were developed and implemented at Riverside.

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