As a quick review there’s a lot happening at Stanford today to include some very unique clinical trials with stem cells to coronary stent procedures done on an outpatient basis.  Below are a few recent posts.  Today HP has committed $25 million for the Children’s Hospital to allow for an expansion to add 100 new beds.  image

Also mentioned is the collaboration with HP Labs which consists of 7 locations one of which is Palo Alto where Stanford is located where research and development come together with medical institutions.  Bioinformatics tools along with analytics reporting are working to create better patient safety environments and further insight for personalized medicine. 

Patient safety is an issue all hospitals are addressing world wide.  Even big schools and universities today are dependent on contributions and technologies from big business and in addition to the consumer and technology imageproducts sold, healthcare sectors and partnerships with businesses are growing in the healthcare landscape today.  Much of what we see in the way of new cures and treatments would not be possible without philanthropy and other donation efforts.  In Los Angeles, which I just posted a couple days ago, Eli Broad is a big contributor.

Eli Broad A Major Philanthropists Giving Away Millions For Medical Research and More (Video)

From the HP Labs Website:

“HP Labs operates under the direction of Prith Banerjee, Senior Vice President of Research for HP. We are organized into seven labs and four research groups located in seven major sites: in Palo Alto, USA; Bangalore, India; Beijing, China; Bristol, UK; Haifa, Israel; Fusionopolis, Singapore; and St. Petersburg, Russia. HP Labs also has significant research teams in Princeton, USA and in Barcelona, Spain.”

Stanford Joins Geron Spinal Cord Clinical Trials Program as the 3rd Location in the US


At Stanford Hospital Coronary Stent Processes Are Done On As an Outpatient Procedure–Using the Radial Artery in the Wrist

Stanford uses a medical record system from Epic and this is a quick mention about the collaboration that occurred to bring the the Iphone/Ipad application into the hands of clinicians a little over a year ago.  Also remember a short time back it makes the news when all medical students at Stanford were given Ipads and now that has been expanded to give them to patients in the Cath lab during recovery.   BD

Stanford Hospital Gives Ipads To Patients in the Catheterization and Angiography Labs

Press Release:

HP today announced a planned commitment of $25 million over 10 years to support the projected expansion of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and a cutting-edge research initiative designed to enhance imagethe safety and quality of care for critically ill patients and their families.

HP’s new investment includes support for the expansion of Packard Children’s Hospital, which will add 100 beds to its Palo Alto campus and increase access to state-of-the-art treatments for local children and expectant mothers. With the existing facility already operating beyond its originally intended capacity, the growth will allow Packard Children’s Hospital to continue providing the most advanced cures, treatments and technologies available, performed by the best minds in pediatric and obstetric medicine, within a family-centered environment.

“HP’s generous commitment will bring tremendous resources to bear on the future of children’s healthcare,” said Christopher Dawes, president and chief executive officer, Packard Children’s Hospital. “Our partnership with HP has already succeeded in translating research discoveries into more effective clinical care, and we are thrilled to have their investment as we build new facilities to provide for future generations of children and expectant mothers.”

The grant also will help sustain and advance innovative, interdisciplinary research collaborations between scientists at HP Labs – the company’s central research arm – and Packard Children’s Hospital. Using powerful bioinformatics tools, the project team will investigate pressing issues of quality, patient safety and personalized care to achieve even better health outcomes for pediatric medicine worldwide.

“At HP, strengthening our local communities is a foundational responsibility and core to commitment to global citizenship,” said Léo Apotheker, HP president and chief executive officer. “We are working with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital to evolve patient care through innovation and help ensure that children and families continue to receive the most advanced and innovative care.”

Since 2007, leaders in quality, safety and bioinformatics from Packard Children’s Hospital, HP Labs and HP’s Enterprise Business have worked to develop faster, safer and more personalized patient care. Leveraging an earlier investment from HP and a new computerized physician order entry system, researchers at Packard Children’s Hospital developed a system of novel prompts for the deployment of “rapid response teams” at the first inkling of trouble in hospitalized children. The effective use of these teams was found to significantly reduce mortality rates in a pediatric setting.

Previous investments from HP also enabled Packard Children’s Hospital investigators to study environmental factors in disease development, personalized cancer therapy and genome sequencing.

Researchers at Packard Children’s Hospital and HP Labs are now leveraging safety lessons from high-reliability industries such as air travel and applying them to healthcare, enhancing “situational awareness” to further improve patient safety and quality of care. Upcoming studies will harness methods in data-driven science to find trends and patterns in clinical, genetic and environmental data that are expected to reach new levels of personalized medicine.

About Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is annually ranked as one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, and is the only San Francisco Bay Area children’s hospital with programs ranked in the U.S. News Top Ten. The 311-bed hospital is devoted to the care of children and expectant mothers, and provides pediatric and obstetric medical and surgical services in association with the Stanford University School of Medicine. Packard Children’s offers patients locally, regionally, and nationally a full range of health care programs and services, from preventive and routine care to the diagnosis and treatment of serious illness and injury. For more information, visit

About HP

HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure at the convergence of the cloud and connectivity, creating seamless, secure, context-aware experiences for a connected world. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Receives $25 Million Planned Investment from HP


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