CHOC Appoints Chief Intelligence and Innovation Officer

Anthony Chang, MD, MBA, MPH, Chief Intelligence and Innovation Officer, Sharon Disney Lund Medical and Innovation Institute at CHOC
Anthony Chang, MD, MBA, MPH,
Chief Intelligence and Innovation Officer,
Sharon Disney Lund
Medical and Innovation Institute at CHOC

Dr. Anthony Chang, who helped establish the Sharon Disney Lund Medical and Innovation Institute at CHOC, has been appointed chief intelligence and innovation officer for the pediatric healthcare system.

Innovation has been a long-held organizational value at CHOC and now, with Dr. Chang’s leadership, vision and focus, along with the generous support of the Sharon Disney Lund Foundation, innovation will drive creative solutions that improve pediatric medicine in Orange County and abroad today and in the years ahead. We recently sat down with Dr. Chang to discuss the ways in which innovation is part of the hospital’s culture and to learn more about his vision for the future.

1) Innovation is becoming a trend at hospitals, such as Boston Children’s. What is CHOC doing different?

Innovation is simply solving problems with creativity and execution.

I do not feel that any children’s hospital should be competing with another in this culture of innovation, which promotes inter-institutional collaboration. What is truly inspiring is that we are already working very closely with a group of about 35 children’s hospitals in an innovation coalition (preliminarily called the international Society for Pediatric Innovation, or iSPI). This effort was a direct result of our Pediatrics2040: Trends and Innovations in the Next 25 Years meeting October 2013 here in Orange County.

2) What is CHOC doing to support a culture of innovation?

CHOC has embraced innovation in the past two years with the formation of the Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute (MI3) with its monthly meetings and summer internship program. In addition, with the support for a chief intelligence and innovation officer, CHOC is investing in its future in both data analytics/ artificial intelligence as well as innovation in pediatric medicine. Throughout the next year or so, there will be group efforts to bring about a transformational change at CHOC to understand innovation and embed this in our institutional DNA.

3) What innovations are currently underway at CHOC to improve pediatric care?

We are very early in the process of innovation projects, but a few CHOC physicians and employees are being considered for MI3 innovation grants to provide time for creative solutions to problems. A few of the earliest innovations that are being explored at CHOC include: a new heart medication for babies; a new way to look at hospital patient data; a new way to predict heart failure in children with cancer who had chemotherapy; and a few devices in pediatric surgery. We are also organizing a quarterly CHOC Innovation Forum to engage all of our employees who like being creative!

4) What is your vision for the future?

I’d like to see an intellectual venue where all the pediatric stakeholders (doctors, nurses, allied professionals, parents, industry, etc) can come together to share and exchange innovations as well as growing iSPI, encouraging all the children’s hospitals to meet on a regular basis to discuss and practice pediatric innovation.

5) How can doctors and others interested in innovation outside of CHOC support this effort?

We welcome physicians and other pediatric stakeholders to support innovations in pediatric medicine by joining iSPI or attending our monthly MI3 meetings. Collaboration across multiple organizations and communities can lead to greater solutions to problems, positively impacting children here and across the globe.

Monthly MI3 Meetings

Meetings are held the third Monday of the month and feature updates on genomic medicine, regenerative medicine, nanotechnology, medical devices, artificial intelligence and robotics. For more information, contact Dr. Chang.

Doctor’s Day Appreciation Luncheon

In recognition of Doctor’s Day, we would like to take the opportunity to honor our physicians for their dedication to the children we serve. Each day they offer hope CHOC Superheroand healing through their compassionate and world-class care.

An appreciation luncheon, themed “Our doctors, our heroes”  will be held on:

March 27, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
CHOC Children’s Hospital
Bill Holmes Tower, 2nd floor
Physician dining room and patio

Recognition ceremony begins promptly at noon.

A photographer will be available on site to take professional head shots.

Please RSVP by March 18 to Susan Schwamb in CHOC Business Development, at or 714-509-4363.

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A luncheon at Mission Hospital will be held on:

March 30, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mission Hospital
Tent outside Tower 2

Free lab draws including measles titre, ppd and tdap, will be available from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Pavilion conference room. No RSVP is required.




NeoHeart: Cardiovascular Management of the Neonate Conference, March 11-14

Join us for the NeoHeart: Cardiovascular Management of the Neonate Conference, to be held on March 11-14, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort.

The two-day conference will bring together expert neonatologists, cardiologists, intensivists and cardiac surgeons to discuss the cardiovascular management of neonates, including emphasizing the importance of multi-disciplinary interaction, state-of-the-art technology and the most current research.

NeoHeart is also dedicated to advancing the skill set for hemodynamic assessment of neonatal and cardiac intensivists. Workshops will be provided to learn and apply bedside functional echocardiography to help critical care assessment and management decisions.

Physicians, physician’s assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, fellows, residents and other allied health professionals who specialize in neonatology, pediatric cardiology, pediatric intensive care and cardiothoracic surgery are welcome to attend.

To register, or for more information, please contact Susan Schwamb in CHOC Children’s Business Development, at 714-509-4636 or

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Visitor Restrictions at CHOC Beginning Jan. 26

Due to anticipated cases of the influenza virus and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in the community, and for the safety of our patients, families and staff at CHOC Children’s Hospital, visitor restrictions will be implemented starting today, January 26 to March 31, 2015 (these dates may change due to early or late circulation of virus).

Please share the following guidelines with your staff, as well as your patients and families being admitted to CHOC:

  • Only two parents/guardians who are well will be permitted to visit during January 26 – March 31.
  • For hospitalizations extending beyond two weeks, parents may complete a visitor restriction exemption form, listing four surrogate names.
  • The use of masks, gowns and gloves will be enforced as appropriate. Proper hand washing is necessary each time you enter and exit your child’s room.
  • Patients in isolation and their parents/guardians will not be allowed to enter the playrooms or visit other patient rooms.
  • When your child is visiting public areas in the hospital (given approval from your child’s physician), please remember to use good hand hygiene and stay 3 feet away from others.

In addition, all physicians visiting patients at CHOC will need to show proof of influenza vaccination or will be required to wear masks. For physicians who have privileges at CHOC and have CHOC ID badges, the 2014-2015 pink flu stickers on your badges will be sufficient proof.

Thank you in advance for your valued partnership in helping us to protect the well being and safety of the children and families we serve.

Dr. James Cappon to Lead Discussion on Optimal Resuscitation at Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit

CHOC is pleased to announce that Dr. James Cappon, chief quality officer, CHOC Children’s will form part of an expert panel discussing optimal resuscitation at the Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit, to be held Jan. 23-24, at the Hotel Irvine. The summit will convene top leaders from the patient, provider, medical technology, employer, and public policy communities to address current patient safety challenges.

Hosted by the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, the summit will cover early detection of sepsis, optimal resuscitation and provider and patient assertiveness. Former President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote address on the first day of the summit, and Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address on the second and final day of the summit.

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation, established through the support of the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare, addresses issues tied to patient safety, including working to reduce the number of preventable deaths.