Author: Paul Govern
Dec. 5, 2013—On the evening of Nov. 16, in Washington, D.C., William Stead, M.D., associate vice chancellor for Health Affairs and chief strategy officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, received a welcome surprise. The setting was the National Press Club and the occasion was the annual leadership dinner of the American Medical Informatics Association, where the field’s top awards are presented.
Nov. 21, 2013—An initiative is afoot to document each patient’s anticipated date of discharge in StarPanel (the electronic medical record system) upon admission to Vanderbilt University Hospital, then update it daily and remind patients of it daily.
Nov. 14, 2013—Three members of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center community were among 19 individuals and organizations honored at the 75th annual meeting of the Tennessee Hospital Association, held recently in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.
Nov. 14, 2013—On Jan. 1, 2014, hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans will become eligible for federally subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Vanderbilt University Medical Center is launching a campaign to increase patient awareness about the ACA and help patients enroll in subsidized insurance plans.
Nov. 14, 2013—Vanderbilt University Medical Center staff and faculty are preparing for a new health care landscape, one shaped by a lowered payment regime, greater outside scrutiny of health care quality, new rewards and penalties for hospital and provider safety and quality, and the transfer of financial risk for health outcomes from payers to newly affiliated hospitals and providers.
Nov. 14, 2013—As never before, large employers and regional health care providers have opportunity — and incentive — to work together to tame unsustainable health benefit cost inflation while improving health and health care outcomes.
Nov. 7, 2013—The Transition Management Office at Vanderbilt University Medical Center holds to the principle that every patient should know what will happen next in his or her care, when it will happen, who will be involved and what the costs will be.
Oct. 31, 2013—Fisk University and Vanderbilt University have begun planning for a novel academic bridge program comprising a three-year accelerated Fisk undergraduate degree, weighted toward courses in natural science, mathematics or computer science, followed by a computer science master’s degree from Fisk, bridging to a Biomedical Informatics Ph.D. from Vanderbilt.
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.