Robert Krumm awarded the 2023 UC Tech Award

Submitted by UCSF Urology on July 31, 2023 at 3:13 pm
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Robert KrummRobert Krumm On July 18, 2023 the University of California announced Robert Krumm, programmer and software engineer in the UCSF Department of Urology, with the 2023 UC Tech Awards Program Design-Golden Award at the UC Tech Conference in Berkeley.

"The UC Tech Awards program celebrates the achievements of UC tech employees in designing, implementing or managing high-impact technology initiatives that drive digital transformation. It promotes increased engagement in the UC Tech community by recognizing the technology contributions of university faculty and staff across a range of roles, including IT, research, academia and business."
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Robert Krumm is recognized and celebrated for his contributions on the Urologic Outcomes Database (UODB).  This database collects detailed clinical baseline and follow-up data on patients seen and treated for genitourinary cancer at UCSF to optimize clinical care and support urologic oncology research. Research using information from UODB has produced 144 peer reviewed publications.

His design of UODB has improved usability and created an improved digital user experience for researchers and physicians in Urologic Oncology. The UODB project is designed to extract, transform and connect unstructured data into a fully relational data repository with a suite of web-based applications and compatibility to any analytics suites.  Unstructured data include notes, smart data elements, full pathology reports, RedCap databases and spreadsheets.  For example, PSA lab results at diagnosis is a key measurement. But that value is not explicitly part of the EMR structured data. However, it can be inferred by comparing the lab results with the record of the first positive biopsy a tedious manual process which we have now automated.

"Rob’s contributions have been simply transformative. Through his efforts we are better able to care for our patients and do the necessary research to ensure so." Said Dr. Peter Carroll, Professor of Urology and Ken and Donna Derr-Chevron Distinguished Professorship in Prostate Cancer. 

Learn more here:  2023 UC Tech Awards winners: Technical excellence and commitment to caring