Sajjad Yacoob Is One of the Top 25 Chief Medical Information Officers in the United States

Sajjad Yacoob, MD was named one of the top 25 Chief Medical Information Officers (CMIO) in the United States by Becker's Hospital Review published by Becker’s Healthcare, the leading source for providing the legal information for healthcare leaders. It conducted a survey in 2014 about the high-level hospital leaders in hospitals and healthcare system and announced the 25 top CMIOs whose responsibilities and strategies helped in bridging the gap between the Medical and Information Technology departments.

It said, “Sajjad Yacoob, MD, is a CMIO of Children's Hospital Los Angeles. After six years as the director of medical informatics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Dr Yacoob became the hospital's first CMIO in 2007. His tenure has been marked by efforts to bring more clinical information to the point of care. Dr Yacoob is also the assistant dean for innovation and technology and the assistant dean for student affairs at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles.”

In 2012, Sajjad Yacoob’s contributions in the medical field were also recognized at USC where he is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He was awarded the Provost’s Prize for Teaching With Technology at the sixth annual Teaching With Technology conference held on May 1, 2012 at the Davidson Continuing Education Center.

Each year, two awards of $5,000 are granted to faculty members who have found dynamic and innovative ways to integrate technology into their curricula. USC provost and senior vice president for academic affairs Elizabeth Garrett presented the awards.

“Technology has become a key component of our efforts to ensure that USC students engage with a challenging, multifaceted curriculum that encourages intellectual inquiry, reflection and scholarship with consequence,” Garrett said.

“Yacoob, who also serves as the Keck School’s assistant dean of student affairs, was recognized for his work deploying technology to enhance clinical reasoning.

Since 1997, Yacoob has accumulated a multimedia archive of more than 1,000 case studies and lectures, incorporating digital images, as well as video and audio clips. His archive is based on patients treated at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), and it also has been used to help train more than 3,000 Keck Medical School students to generate differential diagnoses in real-world scenarios. This archive has been utilized as the foundation for multimedia-based small-group mentoring sessions and large-group lectures.

Yacoob also played a key role in the development of CHLA’s electronic medical records system. He designed a curriculum around it that addresses issues of quality, safety, ethics and professionalism. Yacoob travels frequently as a consultant to medical centers in the United States and abroad.” USC provost Garrett said.

More than 180 faculty, staff and students from 26 USC schools and departments attended this year’s conference.


Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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