Author: Paul Govern
Jun. 12, 2014—In an observational study by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, adults with type 2 diabetes who take insulin in addition to the recommended first-line drug therapy, metformin, had a 30 percent higher risk of heart attack, stroke or death when compared to similar patients who instead augment their metformin regimen with a sulfonylurea.
May. 22, 2014—When it comes to episodic care for minor problems, patient convenience trumps provider convenience in today’s health care market.
May. 1, 2014—Beginning in May, Vanderbilt University Medical Center patients who are owed refunds of $200 or less will receive prepaid debit cards by mail instead of paper checks. The switch to debit cards will give patients easier access to their refunds and an escape from check-cashing fees that banks may impose. More than 90 percent of...
Apr. 29, 2014—Vanderbilt University Hospital recently earned a Spring 2014 patient safety grade of “A” from the Leapfrog Group, a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage that works to encourage health care safety, quality and affordability. Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital data to produce a single score...
Apr. 24, 2014—In May, Vanderbilt University Medical Center will launch a survey of clinical staff and faculty to assess attitudes and perceptions regarding patient safety at the Medical Center.
Mar. 27, 2014—For years, Vanderbilt Medical Group has used robocalls to remind patients of upcoming appointments. The reminders are triggered four days out, and VMG is able to refill approximately 60 percent of all cancellations that occur at this four-day mark. Cancellations account for approximately 7 percent of all patient responses to these appointment reminders.
Mar. 20, 2014—The Physician Council for Clinical Service Excellence helps ensure that clinical faculty have a clear voice in shaping major initiatives affecting patients, clinicians and clinical staff at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Mar. 20, 2014—Implementation science is a new and growing field concerned with the transfer of research findings and medical evidence into routine health care.
Mar. 13, 2014—Support for Medical Center operations is now named Health Informatics Technologies and Services or HITS. The group’s tagline is “Powering Care, Discovery and Learning.”