Department of Biomedical Informatics

AI could help patients ask better questions of their care teams 

AI has proven better than doctors at drafting responses to written questions from patients. A new study suggests even greater advantages in using AI to help patients write more effective messages to their care teams.

Rischelle Jenkins provides the steady center of Biomedical Informatics

Over her two decades in the department, Jenkins has worked alongside the program’s educational leadership, managing student recruitment and enrollment, organizing critical data for DBMI’s National Library of Medicine grant, budgeting, overseeing weekly informatics seminars and planning social activities for students.

2024 Chancellor Faculty Fellows selected

Each fellow holds the title for two years, receives $40,000 per year to support their work, and meets with their cohort to exchange ideas, build a broader intellectual community and engage in academic leadership development.

Vanderbilt researchers establish biomedical informatics training program in Mozambique

Building sustainable biomedical informatics training and research capacity to address gaps in Mozambique’s national HIV response will help the country leverage newer data-driven and genetics-based approaches for personalized HIV care and molecular epidemiology of the disease.

Photo caption: Jonathan Mosley, MD, PhD, left, Scott Borinstein, MD, PhD, John Shelley, and Vivian Kawai, MD, MPH, are studying how genetic variation not related to disease affects clinical decisions. (photo by Susan Urmy)

Genetic variation associated with low white blood cell count impacts clinical decisions

People whose white blood cell levels are near the edge of the “healthy” reference range will hit a clinical decision point that has consequences such as diagnostic procedures and altered treatments.

NIH awards $4.2 million for AI patient assessment

Tkaczyk and collaborators will assemble a database of more than 11,000 photographs and associated clinical information from diverse patient populations at five centers: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic, NIH, University of Pennsylvania and VUMC.

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