Kevin Tremper



Kevin Tremper

Founder and Chairman
AlertWatch, Inc.

Kevin Tremper

Dr. Tremper received his MD from the University of California, Irvine after completing a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. During this internship at Harbor/UCLA and a critical care research fellowship with Will Shoemaker to follow, he conducted studies in animals and critically ill patients on various techniques for continuously monitoring oxygen and carbon dioxide.  Because of this interest in tissue oxygen measurement and oxygen monitoring, he became involved in the clinical testing of the first “artificial blood” product in 1981. 

In January of 1983 he completed a residency in Anesthesiology at UCLA Medical Center and returned to the University of California, Irvine as a faculty member. He was appointed chair in 1985. He remained Associate Professor and Chair until 1990 when he accepted the position of Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan where he continues today. 

After approximately 15 years of research on continuous monitoring of respiratory gases, he switched his research emphasis to information systems to manage clinical data for acute perioperative care. In the mid-1990s he initiated a co-development effort with a software company to create a perioperative information management system to be used for patient care, education, and clinical outcomes research.  This co-development partner was purchased by General Electric in 2001 and today the University of Michigan’s Department of Anesthesiology is the development site for General Electric’s perioperative software.  To date the Department of Anesthesiology’s perioperative patient database is one of the largest in the world and has resulted in a series of academic publications determining patients at risk for adverse outcomes.  These data are now being used to try to reduce the incidence of these outcomes by adjusting the perioperative care.  Starting in 2008 the department initiated a nationwide/worldwide perioperative outcomes database consortium, the Multicenter Perioperative Outcomes Group (MPOG). The department developed software which enables data from anesthesiology information management systems (AIMS) from multiple vendors to be downloaded into a common relational research database.  This organization allows data sharing from multiple institutions throughout the United States, in Europe and Israel.  Having this broad database involving all surgical procedures from a variety of institutions have enabled retrospective database queries on a grand scale for the first time.  Currently there are 35 institutions in this data sharing research consortium. 

Also starting in 2008, Dr. Tremper initiated work on the development of a new generation monitoring and alerting interface: AlertWatch®. This readily identifiable, organ icon-based alerting system derives data from physiologic monitors, AIMS, history & physicals, and laboratory values simultaneously updated every 10 seconds.  Dr. Tremper is the Past President of the Society of Academic Anesthesiology Chairs, the Morton Society, and the Association of University Anesthesiologists.

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