See Where Rochester Can Take You: Alumni Stories
A Rochester education prepares you to pursue your passions. Our alumni have gone on to practice in many areas of medicine and still focus on projects related to their personal interests.
As Chief of Radiology and President of the Medical Staff at F.F. Thompson Hospital, Dr. Ben Wandtke (MD ’03) is focused on improving patient safety, communication between health care providers, and the patient experience through the use of medical informatics.
His funded research focuses on health system quality improvement, most notably the development of the Backstop radiology recommendation tracking system that ensures patients with potentially serious conditions receive timely follow-up care. What started as a pilot program four years ago, the Backstop program now tracks more than 6,000 recommendations per year across the UR Medicine system. “Every patient deserves their best chance for a cure,” Wandtke said. “If there’s a technology out there that helps make this a reality, you absolutely should embrace it. The problem of delayed diagnosis related to actionable radiology findings is universal, but it does not have to be. Natural language processing-based analytics coupled with database technology and a human touch have nearly eliminated this problem at the University of Rochester.”
Wandtke talked more about the program, its successes and impressive results with Healthcare IT News.
1 3 year average for academic years 2014 – 2016.
2 3 year average completion rate for students who matriculated into MD, MD/MBA and MD/PhD programs from 2008 – 2010.
3 The length of the MD/PhD program can vary from 5 – 10 years and some of the students who matriculated into this program from 2008 – 2010 are still in PhD or MD portion of the program and are, therefore, expected to complete.