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Author: Paul Govern

Diagnostic management efforts thrive on teamwork

Mar. 7, 2013—As choices mount for patient testing and treatment, diagnostic management has arisen at Vanderbilt University Medical Center to address two closely related questions that clinicians must ask themselves more and more often: have I ordered the right tests for this patient; and, taken together, what do these test results imply for the best treatment of this patient?

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Middleton named VU Health System informatics chief

Feb. 21, 2013—Blackford Middleton, M.D., MPH, M.Sc., corporate director of clinical informatics research and development at Partners Healthcare in Boston, will join Vanderbilt later this month in the role of assistant vice chancellor for Health Affairs and chief informatics officer for Vanderbilt University Health System. He succeeds John Doulis, M.D.

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VU experts help craft AMA paper on safe transitions for patients

Feb. 21, 2013—“There and Home Again, Safely: 5 Responsibilities of Ambulatory Practices in High Quality Care Transitions,” a new white paper from the American Medical Association (AMA), is the work of a 19-member expert panel that included two Vanderbilt faculty members — Sunil Kripalani, M.D., M.Sc., associate professor of Medicine, and Amanda Salanitro M.D., MS, MSPH, instructor in Medicine, both from the section of Hospital Medicine in the Department of Medicine’s Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health.

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Two from VUMC help lead national informatics group

Feb. 14, 2013—Vanderbilt’s Department of Biomedical Informatics remains exceptionally well represented on the nine-member executive committee of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI).

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PICU reaches new milestone in fight against infections

Feb. 7, 2013—On Jan. 10, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt reached impressive new territory — 365 days without a single case of central line associated blood stream infection (CLABSI), catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) or ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP).

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Innovative outpatient orders system set for wider use

Jan. 31, 2013—On Jan. 15, an information systems glitch rendered Vanderbilt Outpatient Orders Management, or VOOM, temporarily unavailable for some users. Shubhada Jagasia, M.D., MMHC, medical director of the Eskind Diabetes Clinic, was among clinicians who suddenly had to return to using paper forms to order clinical labs, radiology and other diagnostic tests.

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‘Task list’ to boost StarPanel’s messaging capabilities

Jan. 24, 2013—Within StarPanel, the medical records system used at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, patient care team members each have an electronic message “basket,” making it simple to store messages and link them to medical records.

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Affiliation links VU, West Tennessee Healthcare

Jan. 17, 2013—Leaders with West Tennessee Healthcare (WTH) and Vanderbilt University Medical Center announced an affiliation agreement that will expand the scope of health care services in West Tennessee Healthcare’s service area.

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Study reviews medication adherence interventions

Jan. 10, 2013—According to a medical literature review published last month in the Annals of Internal Medicine, approximately 50 percent of medications for chronic disease are not taken as prescribed.

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Award winners embody culture of service excellence

Dec. 21, 2012—  Credo Award and Five Pillar Leader Award winners were announced at last week’s Winter Clinical Enterprise Leadership Assembly at Langford Auditorium. Mavis Schorn, Ph.D., CNM, assistant dean for Academics in the School of Nursing, received the Five Pillar Leader Award. The award was established to recognize exceptional leaders who consistently follow VUMC’s balanced, “five-pillar”...

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VUMC officials play role in new national care integration report

Dec. 20, 2012—“Order from Chaos, Accelerating Care Integration,” is a report now arriving on the desks of health care executives. It’s based on a roundtable convened by the Lucian Leape Institute (LLI) at the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). Among the 20 participants were Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s David Posch, CEO of Vanderbilt University Hospital and Clinics,...

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Hood takes role as associate chief medical officer for VMG

Dec. 13, 2012—Cardiologist Rob Hood, M.D., assistant professor of Medicine and assistant chief medical officer for the clinics at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks, has been named associate chief medical officer for Vanderbilt Medical Group.

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Recent Stories from VUMC News and Communications Publications

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer.  Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Momentum

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer. Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

Vanderbilt Medicine

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

VUMC campus

VUMC campus

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

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