COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Faith and Food, a free nutrition education program provided by the Johns Hopkins Office of Community Health, teaches members of African-American churches to improve their health by connecting their faith with their cultural heritage.
INTEGRATION: Leaders and information system specialists throughout Johns Hopkins Medicine participate in an enterprise-wide simulation of a technology outage. Led by the Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR), the Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Clinical Informatics, the disaster drill helps the organization prepare for a system-wide power failure.
EDUCATION: The first cohort graduates from the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital residency program. The new training model gives young doctors more time to learn about patients, diseases and systems.
BIOMEDICAL DISCOVERY: Scientists at Johns Hopkins Medicine and its Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy find that half of patients with 12 kinds of cancer that have so-called “mismatch repair” genetic defects respond to an immunotherapy drug called pembrolizumab (Keytruda). Their research leads the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve expanded use of pembrolizumab for these patients and heralds a successful example of personalized medicine combining genetics and immunotherapy.
PERFORMANCE: Johns Hopkins Medicine saves $2.4 million by reducing unnecessary blood transfusions across the health system, thanks to efforts by the system’s Blood Management Program using data acquired from the Epic electronic health records.
PATIENT- AND FAMILY-CENTERED CARE: Johns Hopkins is changing the way it cares for adolescents and young adults. New research and treatments for diseases increasingly recognize that this age group has physical and emotional characteristics that differ from those of young children or older adults.