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Lui Sha - Preventable Medical Errors: A Grand Challenge for the Century


10/25/2018 at 3:30PM


10/25/2018 at 4:45PM


138 DeBartolo


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Dong Wang

Dong Wang

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College of Engineering Assistant Professor
Big Data Analytics, Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), Social Sensing, Smart Cities, Internet of Things (IoT), Network Science
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In 1999, the challenge of preventable medical errors was first raised in a landmark study by the American Medical Association: To Err is Human. This study reported that “at least 44,000 people, and perhaps as many as 98,000 people, die in hospitals each year as a result of medical errors that could have been prevented.” In 2013 Journal of Patient Safety reported “deaths associated with preventable harm to patients was estimated at more than 400,000 per year. Serious harm seems to be 10- to 20-fold more common than lethal harm.”   The negative economic impact was estimated at a colossal $1 trillion per year in a US Senate hearing in 2014.

Preventable medical errors are not a medical knowledge problem. It is a medical cyber-physical system challenge in the form of medical information and workflow management challenge, where the medical devices, doctors, nurses, and technicians have to work together flawlessly in real-time. Like how GPS revolutionized navigation, Medical Best Practice System will revolutionize clinical practices.

In this talk, he will give an overview of a couple of problems that are being addressed and the great challenges ahead.

Seminar Speaker:

Lui Sha

Lui Sha


Lui Sha graduated with Ph.D. from CMU in 1985. Currently, he is Donald B. Gillies Chair Professor and Drucker Eminent Faculty at UIUC. His team’s work on real-time and safety-critical system integration has impacted many large-scale high technology programs including GPS, Space Station, and Mars Pathfinder and became the industry best practice supported by IEEE standards on real-time computing. Currently, his team has been developing the technologies for Certifiable Multicore Avionics and Medical Best Practice Guidance Systems (Medical GPS).

He is a co-recipient 2016 of IEEE Simon Ramo Medal, a fellow of IEEE and ACM. He was a member of National Academy of Science’s Committee on Certifiably Dependable Software Systems from 2004 – 2007 and a member of NASA Advisory Council’s Aeronautics Committee from 2015 – 2017.