C: Create an Academic Health Center

Provide technology services to create an Academic Health Center.

UNLV’s Academic Health Center initiatives are among the largest and most salient of the Top Tier efforts to become a top 100 research university, advance graduate education and to provide essential services to Southern Nevadans. The Top Tier roadmap includes specific goals and success measures to guide UNLV’s efforts to advance health-related education, scholarship, research, and clinical activities over the next decade. A high-level summary of key measures of success on that roadmap are included in Table C-1 below.

Efforts to advance graduate education include new doctoral programs in several health-related disciplines and development of the UNLV School of Medicine. The school’s revolutionary approach to medical education - community-based, experiential, leveraging state-of-the-art virtual technologies - is receiving enthusiastic support from constituents across the state. New levels of technology planning and coordination are required to support this visionary approach to preparing students for success as health practitioners. The plan outlines programmatic and curricular changes that will help attract competitive students in-state, nationally, and internationally and will meet state and regional needs for degrees that address economic development issues.

Meeting Top Tier Academic Health Center goals

A summary of key milestones within the Top Tier plan is shown in Table C-1.

Table C-1: Top Tier Measures of Success
Create an Academic Health Center
  • 120-180 medical graduates annually by 2030
  • Full School of Medicine accreditation by 2021
  • Genomic information and advanced technology education
  • Recruit and retain an excellent and diverse student body
  • Educational spaces that facilitate interdisciplinary teamwork
  • Teaching students through problem- and team-based learning
  • Graduate medical curriculum focused on:
    • Community and Public Health, Bioethics
    • Clinical Research
    • Business and Finance
    • Leadership and Community
    • Mental Health and Addiction
  • $48 million research grants and contracts
  • 120 new faculty physicians and scientists by 2030
  • Research excellence in five key areas: mental health and addiction, neuroscience, oncology, cardiology, and orthopedics
  • Serve as a model for interdisciplinary team research that engages clinical health professionals, basic scientists, and community health professionals
  • New biomedical PhD programs that combine clinical experiences and research
  • Interdisciplinary research groups that optimize use of technology in health care
  • Expansion of clinical research trials in Southern Nevada
  • Creation of next-generation health sciences library

Providing the technology environment

The UNLV IT Master Plan contains numerous action items designed to build a technology environment that:

  • Provides a foundation for the university’s innovative academic health initiatives
  • Supports the individual efforts of students, faculty, staff and community practitioners as they pursue activities to create cutting-edge health education and research
  • Provides the infrastructure for new medical education technologies
  • Adapts to accommodate additional new initiatives that will arise out of the UNLV School of Medicine Curriculum, new health-related campus units and top-notch clinical programs included in the Top Tier Plan

Table C-2 describes how action items within each IT Master Plan initiative provide specific support for creating an Academic Health Center. Detailed information about each of the action items, including outcomes and interdependencies, are described in the full initiative. A summary of the timeline and resources required for these action items can be found in Section 5.

Table C-2: UNLV IT Master Plan: Enabling the Mission
Initiative IT Support for Creation of an Academic Health Center
Governance of IT
  • Includes representatives from Executive Vice President & Provost Office with knowledge of Academic Health Center initiatives on the Technology Advisory Committee
  • Includes a committee member from School of Medical on the Technology Review Board
  • Includes a committee member representing Academic Health Center units on the Cyber Security Team
Strategic Technology Planning
  • Ensures the IT Master Plan aligns with evolving Top Tier Academic Health Center and UNLV School of Medicine initiatives
  • Fosters long-term planning to build an IT environment that supports the accreditation of UNLV School of Medicine
  • Adjusts IT priorities to address innovative pedagogy in health sciences education
  • Provides assessment of the Plan’s effectiveness in meeting Academic Health Center needs
IT Leadership and Coordination
  • Creates a CIO position that forms strong ties with Top Tier medical education and health research institutions
  • Provides innovative technology leadership to meet evolving needs in health education
  • Charges the CIO with developing relationships with local, state, regional, and federal agencies to understand changes in technology that impact academic health education, research, and data management
  • Fosters collaboration across the IT community that supports academic units, hospitals, centers, research environments, and government agencies to enhance student success
  • Provides a technology vision that champions faculty innovation, supports emerging pedagogical techniques, and enables cross-disciplinary teaching
IT Projects
  • Includes campus constituents representing academic health center needs in IT project prioritization
  • Accounts for the specialized needs of Academic Health Center initiatives and populations within IT procurement and project prioritization processes
IT Service Coordination
  • Coordinates IT services to provide greater uniformity for cross-disciplinary teams and faculty teaching in Academic Health Center departments
  • Assesses campus IT services to identify technology changes necessary to accommodate the unique student experiences and teaching environments within the health sciences
  • Increases awareness of the general and specialized technology resources available to students and faculty within the health disciplines
  • Develops seamless service delivery through the coordination of enterprise and discipline specific IT resources
Sustaining Technology Investments
  • Develops a funding model to maintain and renew Academic Health Center technologies that supports launched with grant or other one-time funds
  • Updates IT infrastructure, enabling Academic Health Center units to incorporate the latest technology in their classrooms, laboratories and clinics
IT Awareness and Training
  • Expands just-in-time online training for widely used campus technologies
  • Promotes peer-led professional development focusing on academic health technology
  • Facilitates user groups to connect faculty and students using similar health education technologies
  • Increases the number of IT staff with HIPAA training
Information Security
  • Provides targeted information about IT security issues relevant to the protection of health data
  • Includes a committee member representing Academic Health Center units on the Cyber Security Team
  • Assists Academic Health Center units in mitigating risks associated with collecting, storing, and sharing protected data
  • Facilitates compliance with IT security requirements that protect health information
iNtegrate 2
  • Improves the efficiency and transparency of administrative processes (e.g., hiring, procurement, travel, budgeting)
  • Provides integration between the Workday and specialized health care administrative systems
Identity Management and Single Sign-On
  • Expedites cross-institutional collaboration via federated credentials for authorization and access
  • Simplifies access to medical education resources and library collections at other institutions
  • Expedites the provisioning of credentials for access to university applications and data for visiting physicians, community partners, volunteers, etc
  • Facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration through role-based security
  • Increases mobile access to major campus applications that support health professionals in the field
  • Provides infrastructure for faculty to develop and use health education mobile applications
  • Supports the innovative use of mobile devices in assessing licensure requirements
  • Expands wireless capacity in Academic Health care facilities
Enterprise-wide Document Management
  • Increases ability to create electronic forms to meet specialized Academic Health Center educational and administrative needs
  • Provides automated records retention compliance for student and academic documents
  • Implements a solution to route, approve, and track specialized health education documents (e.g., practicum evaluations, discipline-specific accreditation materials)
Leveraging Institutional Data Management
  • Creates dashboards showing progress towards realizing Top Tier Academic Health Center pathway goals
  • Facilitates data-driven reporting to enhance RPC and academic unit decision-making
Communication and Collaboration Tools
  • Increased visibility of Academic Health Center programs across key audiences
  • Increases teamwork, productivity, and administrative efficiency for students and faculty by maximizing the utilization of existing and new communication and collaboration tools
  • Implements web-conferencing solutions to facilitate online office hours, group work, connecting with off-site guest lecturers, etc.
  • Implements Customer Relationship Management tools for targeted communications with community partners
  • Implements student and employee portal landing pages with a single sign-on facilitating access to multiple campus applications

While each major initiative in the plan includes action items that will enhance the infrastructure and business practices that support creation of an Academic Health Center, additional needs that did not fit squarely within those initiatives have also been identified. Table C-3 provides a brief summary of additional actions items to meet the needs identified in the Top Tier planning process.

Table C-3: Additional Action Items that Support Creation of an Academic Health Center
Type of Need Recommended Action Items
Specialized Administrative Systems
  • Provide interfaces and procurement advice on administrative software specific to Academic Health Center units
Educational Technologies in School of Medicine
  • Implement a medical school-specific learning and curriculum management system Implement new automated Admissions systems
  • Deploy new virtual anatomy and microscopy interactive imaging technology
  • Implement state-of-the art classrooms
  • Construct technology-enhanced problem-based learning centers