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PREDICT program lands informatics innovation award

Feb. 6, 2014, 9:42 AM

Healthcare Informatics Magazine has awarded Vanderbilt University Medical Center third place in its 2014 Innovator Awards.

VUMC received the award for PREDICT (Pharmaco-genomic Resource for Enhanced Decisions in Care and Treatment), a program that uses prospective genetic testing to guide drug selection and dosing and lower patients’ risk of adverse drug reactions.

For the annual awards, health care organizations enter their informatics projects and winners are chosen by the magazine’s editors. According to its sponsor, the awards program “recognizes health care leadership teams who have effectively employed information technology to make a difference in their organizations and in the industry at large.”

“PREDICT is something of a trailblazing program and we’re encouraged and gratified to see the trade press taking such favorable notice,” said Dan Roden, M.D., assistant vice-chancellor for Personalized Medicine.

According to the award citation, VUMC “has established itself as a leader in the discipline of pharmacogenomics,” and with PREDICT “has distinguished itself by bringing the exciting potential of personalized medicine to a real-world clinical setting.”

The first-place award was given to Catholic Medical Partners in Buffalo, N.Y., for informatics related to managing population health. Second place was shared by North Memorial HealthCare, based in Robbinsdale, Minn., for quality improvement informatics, and Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., for informatics used in care coordination.

For more information about PREDICT, visit the program’s website,

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