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UCOP among winners of UC information technology awards

Eight teams representing six locations won the University of California’s 2013 Larry L. Sautter Award for using information technology to make university operations more efficient and better serve faculty, staff, students and patients.

UCOP won a Golden Award for its UCPath Data Dissemination Operational Data Store, which culls HR and payroll data and securely relays consistent information to campuses and medical centers.

Mark A. Cianca, interim chief information officer for the UC system, announced all the winners on Aug. 6 at the UC Computing Services Conference in Irvine.

The annual award, which is sponsored by the UC Information Technology Leadership Council, recognizes innovations in IT that advance the university’s missions of teaching, research, public service and patient care, or that improve the effectiveness of university processes. The award encourages sharing these solutions across the UC system. To be eligible for the award, projects must be active and operational at a UC campus.

The 2013 award winners and honorable mentions are:

Golden Awards

  • UCSF Profiles (UCSF) is a Web application that allows people to search for UCSF researchers by expertise and experience. This vital tool, managed by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), enables research networking, collaboration and faculty–student mentoring.
  • UCPath Data Dissemination Operational Data Store (UC Office of the President) culls human resources and payroll data from a complex software package containing 20,000 tables, analyzes that data and securely relays consistent information to campuses and medical centers.
  • Tethered Meta Registry (UC Davis Health System) consolidates more than 2.1 million patient records and provides a central data source for research and projects aimed at improving services. Faculty, researchers, administrators and other staff no longer have to manage their own separate spreadsheets and databases.

Silver Awards

  • Privacy and Protected Health Information Surveillance Technologies (UC Davis Health System) improved the medical center’s ability to manage the privacy and security of more than 2 million patient records and thousands of people who access health records.
  • Risk Assessment Determinations in Clinical Academic Laboratories (RADiCAL) (UC Davis) promotes laboratory safety by identifying the risks involved with a project and the oversight required based on specific information the researcher provides, such as what chemical components they plan to use.

Honorable Mentions

  • Google Apps @UCSC (UC Santa Cruz) allowed migration of all campus email and calendar data to Google. The project not only resulted in better, more reliable email and calendar services, but also allowed faculty, staff and students to communicate, connect and contribute in ways that were not available to them before.
  • The Cancer Genomics Hub (UC Santa Cruz) is a large data repository and user portal for the National Cancer Institute’s cancer genome research programs. It provides cancer researchers with efficient access to a rapidly growing store of valuable biomedical data.
  • UCLA Events Online 2.0 (UCLA) is the official application for producing and communicating extracurricular campus activities. It consolidates all event reservations into a central database and features a user-friendly interface that coaches event organizers with key event planning instructions, “to do” lists and required administrative approvals. It also facilitates communication between various departments.

To read the full nomination applications, visit the Sautter Award Program website.

The award was established in 2000 and is named after Larry L. Sautter, a UC Riverside associate vice chancellor for computing and communications who died in 1999. Under his leadership, a modern data network, client server computing, and improved technical support services were developed and implemented at Riverside.

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