Author: Paul Govern
Oct. 31, 2013—Daily multidisciplinary patient transition huddles are now in effect for all but four units of Vanderbilt University Hospital.
Oct. 24, 2013—Neurologists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and patient care teams 18 miles away at Williamson Medical Center (WMC) will take advantage of network technology to provide remote neurological patient examinations on an urgent basis.
Oct. 24, 2013—Beginning Oct. 29, Vanderbilt University Hospital will use a new process for patient handovers between nurses in the adult Emergency Department and nurses on inpatient units.
Oct. 24, 2013—A new Web-based tool is helping Vanderbilt research coordinators assemble accurate billing plans more quickly.
Oct. 24, 2013—With the aid of a two-year, $487,000 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a Vanderbilt research team will develop a reusable model to promote better patient engagement with the health care team through delivery of consumer-friendly pharmacogenetic information.
Oct. 17, 2013—A research team led by Josh Peterson, M.D., MPH, assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine, and John Graves, Ph.D., assistant professor of Preventive Medicine, will study the cost-effectiveness of testing patients’ risk of adverse gene-drug interactions.
Oct. 3, 2013—A new computer program called Cornelius calculates two risk scores for each newly arrived Vanderbilt University Hospital patient — one estimating the patient’s risk of developing pressure ulcers (bedsores) during the current hospital stay, and the other estimating the patient’s risk of returning to VUH for readmission within 30 days of discharge.
Oct. 3, 2013—Launched in 2009 by a team at Vanderbilt, ResearchMatch is the first nationwide, disease-neutral research volunteer registry. More than 43,000 volunteers spread among all 50 states have registered with ResearchMatch.org.
Sep. 19, 2013—Starting Oct. 1, 2014, U.S. providers and hospitals will be required to use a greatly expanded medical code set to categorize patient problems and inpatient procedures. The new code set will help sharpen health services analysis, but switching won’t be a simple matter.
Jul. 11, 2013—Nephrologist William Fissell IV, M.D., associate professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering, is intent on creating and mass-producing an implantable bioartificial kidney that can transform quality of life and prospects for survival for people with chronic kidney disease who would otherwise be forced onto dialysis.
Jun. 20, 2013—Over the past 18 years perhaps no program of Vanderbilt University Medical Center has undergone more change than Eskind Biomedical Library (EBL).