Dr. Mark Romig, Assistant Professor, Adult Critical Care Medicine

Mark Romig joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins ACCM in 2008, after completing a fellowship in critical care at Johns Hopkins, and is currently an Assistant Professor.  Prior to fellowship, he attended St. George’s University School of Medicine and completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Maryland General Hospital, where he was Chief Resident.

His primary clinical focus has been on improving surgical critical care throughput through his leadership of the Central intensivist Program.  The central intensivist is responsible for patient triage and bed allocation across the surgical environment, as well as providing ICU outreach by managing critically ill patients in remote hospital locations.  Recent, Dr. Romig was appointed to the physician advisory council for the new Johns Hopkins Capacity Command Center, which uses advance analytics to predict resource requirements and optimize bed utilization.

Since joining the faculty, he has been exploring the intersections of hospital culture, patient-care workflows, and technological advancement.  His early work researched the impact of implementing nocturnal telemedicine on staff engagement and satisfaction.  The lessoned learned on this project informed his later work in information management and device integration.  For the past few years, Dr. Romig has been one of the physician leads on Project Emerge.  Emerge aims to eliminate preventable harm in healthcare by improving situational awareness for clinicians through automated data gathering, including novel sensor technology, and intuitive information displays.  Emerge has been featured prominently in the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.  In October of 2015, Johns Hopkins and Microsoft announced a partnership with Emerge as the centerpiece.

Dr. Romig’s most recent work is focused on creating smart infusion pump systems, capable of using physiologic and electronic health record data to run complex infusion algorithms.  Such systems would greatly reduce the need for human input, thus improving productivity, while instituting automated double checks to eliminate human error to improve patient safety.

Selected Publications

Romig M, Tropello S, Dwyer C, et al. Developing a Comprehensive Model of Intensive Care Unit Processes: Concept of Operations. J Patient Saf. 2015 Apr 23.
Romig MC, Latif A, Gill RS, Pronovost PJ, Sapirstein A. Perceived benefit of a telemedicine consultative service in a highly staffed intensive care unit. J Crit Care. 2012 Aug;27(4):426.
Tropello SP, Ravitz AD, Romig M, Pronovost PJ, Sapirstein A. Enhancing the quality of care in the intensive care unit: a systems engineering approach. Crit Care Clin. 2013 Jan;29(1):113-24.

Links

Emerge Home Page
http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/armstrong_institute/improvement_projects/project_emerge.html

Emerge Project Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCaygf-u6i4