Patient Care Supercharger Award!


The Patient Care Supercharger Award goes to the most creative idea for reinventing patient care.

And the winner is…Kimberly Topp, for her vision of a future where every UCSF patient gets paired with a student health advocate!


To reiterate the very important point Miriam made, “Super-charging patient care is about people interacting with other people.” High-tech solutions might improve diagnostics or even connect people in new ways, but at the end of the day, face-to-face, “high touch” interactions prove to be best.

The award for Patient Care Supercharger goes to Kimberly Topp for her card Each patient who comes to a UCSF clinic or hospital gets a student health advocate! #Education

This fairly simple idea benefits patients, by making sure they have a committed person focusing on their needs, and also benefits students, but integrating the importance of empathy and relationship building early on in their education.

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Congratulations, Kimberly Topp!

Throughout game play, IFTF game guides were pouring over all of the amazing ideas and interactions to pull out some of the most innovative and provocative thoughts. So many ideas were played but we wanted to highlight the top players, cards, and chains that really stood out for their extraordinary contributions to a particular field. 

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Getting from here to there (literally)

WOW… with over 24,000 cards played in 36 hours you all are almost forecasting at the speed of the hyperloop!

Speaking of the hyperloop – some of you seem as excited as I am by the idea – and figured out a way to make it part of UCSF’s future!

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In an effort to better connect the campuses, some players suggested the low-tech solution, bicycles. This a great idea that gained a lot of traction, as seen by this big card chain. I doesn’t need to wait until 2025 to go into effect! Bikes would encourage physical activity and could be incentivized through workplace wellness programs.


But even as an avid cycler, I have to agree with the Elon Musk fans out there – the most efficient ways to transport people between locations in 2025 will definitely be the hyperloop!
So what could be done with the ability to travel super-fast between locations? gunit suggests students could receive credit by going to classes at other UC schools, expanding their interdisciplinary reach. and margesimpson similarly suggests dotting central California with UCSF satellite interdisciplinary clinics that serve as externship sites for students.

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But maybe transporting people isn’t the best route, as pointed out by BrianB who advocates for improving the virtual connection between campuses instead.


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Research Network Designer Award!


The Research Network Designer Award goes to the most creative idea for reconceiving the research process across all disciplines.

And the winner is…well, in true network fashion, the winners arejohn_kealy, #TeamAlphaQ4Data, and jtf for their cascading ideas around openly publishing research–both successes and failures–as you go about conducting it!


Over the past 36 hours 20,000+ ideas have been generated for UCSF2025. The ideas and people involved express the numerous possibilities of the future of how UCSF can become a thought leader in healthcare. One of the most important factors for pioneering institutions is research, but what will the nature of research look like? How will researchers interact and share their work? To acknowledge the importance of research in the future of UCSF we have awarded the Research Network Design Award to this adventurous build.

Players john_kealy, #TeamAlphaQ4Data, and jtf built upon one another to propose the use of #openscience within collaborative platforms that present real time data and results for researchers and the broader community.  This 3 card build has the potential to be extremely disruptive. The implications not only change how researchers interact with one another, but also the nature of how research will be attributed, patented, and used in the coming decades. This chain emphasizes the need for a culture of fail early, fail often, and fail publicly, in order to arrive at the most useful results the fastest. As we continue to explore the potential of big data, access to data and experimentation around how to best use it is much more powerful than the final results from one researcher. We are only at the frontier of understanding how to work with all our data…opening it up is our only hope!

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Congratulations, john_kealy#TeamAlphaQ4Data, and jtf !

Throughout game play, IFTF game guides were pouring over all of the amazing ideas and interactions to pull out some of the most innovative and provocative thoughts. So many ideas were played but we wanted to highlight the top players, cards, and chains that really stood out for their extraordinary contributions to a particular field. 

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Global Guru Award!


The Global Guru Award goes to the most creative idea for building a global footprint for UCSF to reach out around the world for more knowledge, new partnerships, and greater impact.

And the winner is…player anonymous, for their card envisioning a future in which UCSF pioneers innovations around the health-related implications of sourcing, producing, and disposing technology abroad!  An interesting way to take advantage of UCSF’s geographic location in a region known as a tech hub.

This card is truly a winning idea, making player anonymous a Global Guru. Player anonymous reminds us that building honest global impact may not be as sexy as knowledge exchanges and field assignments, rather it should be focused on ensuring that practices at home do not negatively impact health and wellbeing abroad. To be able to state that UCSF has become a leader in ending global illness and death caused by mining, manufacturing, and waste from the tech industry would be genuinely transformational.

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Throughout game play, IFTF game guides were pouring over all of the amazing ideas and interactions to pull out some of the most innovative and provocative thoughts. So many ideas were played but we wanted to highlight the top players, cards, and chains that really stood out for their extraordinary contributions to a particular field. 

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Push your thinking to 2025!

Wow! The game has whizzed by and all of a sudden we have less than two hours to go until the UCSF2025 Foresight Engine officially comes to a close. For these last two hours, let’s push our thinking and push ourselves out of the comfort zone of 2013. A lot can happen in 12 years–let’s not burden ourselves with the process of getting to 2025 but imagine what 2025 could be. What do you envision to be possible?

Let’s close out the game with your most futuristic ideasNeed a place to start? Click on one of these thought-provoking cards to respond…

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Designing sustainability for a #green UCSF in 2025

For the challenge of setting the standard for green health, we asked you to think about building sustainable health into every facet of UCSF’s practices. And so far, the responses are showing both the breadth of efforts needed to really do this–as well as an equal amount of creativity and ambition among UCSF players to rise to the challenge by identifying small details involving unsustainable practices and offering up clever solutions to create more sustainable practices.

For instance, Team Campus Life services offered up this idea to combine wellness efforts with sustainability:

Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 4.43.25 PMIt’s a simple idea–but one that could quickly, and effectively, give every member of the UCSF community a way to be more environmentally friendly, healthier — and to have a bit more free time.

Similar in concept, but specific to the medical side of UCSF, was this response from player Abracadabra that looks at ways of eliminating other kinds of cars trips as a way to save people time and also make the campus more sustainable:

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What I like about both of these is they’re simultaneously simple but creative; they use tools and concepts that most of us aren’t thinking about when it comes to sustainability to not only create new approaches to sustainability and green health, but to do so in ways that also can help make people healthier, happier and save time.

What other ideas can you imagine to design sustainability into the lives, routines and practices of UCSF’s community?



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Relationship Centered Design and Aging

One of my favorite things about collaboration in the context of healthcare and wellness is thinking about how relationships can build better health amongst patients and build efficacy in the wellbeing economy.  This concept that I have called “relationship centered design” or RCD, has received some notable traction in UCSF2025 Foresight Engine.

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Using relationships as a strategic tool can shape better health outcomes and improve the community aspects in the healthcare system can provide new insights into building networked based, socialstructured, wellbeing.  RCD is about just that, crafting relationships that can impact positive outcomes. When we look at the coming decade of aging we can see there are new opportunities that can be had by developing healthcare models that are crafted around RCD. RCD has come up UCSF2025 game under the #teamaging tag as participants think about ways to bridge build healing relationships that move beyond merely symptom based treatment.

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Moving into the coming decade of the wellbeing economy social relationships will be brought into clinic environments and be part of the ambient experience that people expect. RCD can serve as an empowering component that assists in thinking about elders not as frail, but as a lifetime of relevant social connections and experiences we can begin to build more empowering health systems.


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Reinventing #publichealth by revolutionizing work

Okay, Team Campus Life Services, you have captured my imagination and helped me think about a true reinvention of public health! What if we were to reinvent public health by, as you put it, revolutionalizing work?

Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 4.06.52 PM  In the United States, 80% of workers experience unhealthy levels of stress and 70% of healthcare provider visits are due to stress-related conditions.  Advances in a number of fields including neurobiology are helping to explain the psychological and biological consequences of stress, linking toxic levels of it to serious (and expensive) chronic conditions. And, the WHO sees the need to raise awareness of stress at work in developing countries as essential for protecting workers’ health.

So, what if we were to reframe work as a global public health issue?  And what if UCSF could help develop and drive the research agenda? 

I see the idea on this card as responding to the challenge of reinventing public health because it’s questioning the usefulness of historically-defined boundaries that have traditionally kept the workplace out from the domain of public health. But, as we all know, the social, emotional, and physical health consequences of work do not remain within the confines of where we work or the time at which we’re at work. And although we are not all workers, we all interact with them, either in our homes or in the community. Hence, the stress produced in so many workplaces affects all of us.  It is a public health issue today and, over the next decade, unmanaged stress will continue to threaten the health and well-being of workers throughout the globe. Unless, of course, Team Campus Life Services leads us in the revolution!

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Rethinking resources: activating patients as an important asset

Resource shortages have always been a major challenge in healthcare, but one theme to emerge from gameplay is the idea that patients themselves are a huge underutilized resource. For instance, when one player suggested going out to meet people in their neighborhoods, the idea got a lot of traction and one of builds on this idea highlighted that community members are an important educational resource for providers.

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A player in a different thread put it quite directly:

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Others suggested going beyond giving patients and populations a voice and suggested ways to empower patients to be a direct health resources through volunteer and work opportunities.

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Solutions like this could help flip resource shortages and be a big win for all involved—volunteerism and meaningful work have been shown to have significant health benefits!

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#green CHALLENGE: Set the standard for sustainable health

For the next two hours, let’s focus on how we could Set the Standard for Sustainable Health. See the challenge below and play your ideas using #green. Players with the best #green ideas will be highlighted in our blog!

The challenge: How will UCSF design sustainability into all its activities to assure that it not only meets emerging global standards, but actually sets those standards? And how will we remain at the forefront of measuring those impacts on human lives?

Practicing medicine, like so many facets of our contemporary culture, has largely developed without an eye to its impact on our environment and natural resources. As climate change intensifies over the next decade and our ecosystems become increasingly disrupted, the costs of unsustainable practices will threaten the viability of everything from campus maintenance to pharmaceutical regimens.

Leading-edge approaches to sustainability focus on dashboards that measure not only the impacts of activities on energy, water, and air, but also the complex interactions of these impacts with individual health factors, such as blood-oxygen levels, heart rate, or toxins in the body. Individuals are already pioneering some of these measurement systems, hacking together the technology they need to create these ecosystem feedback tools. But over the next decade, the urgency of the problem will demand much more sophisticated dashboards.

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