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Department of Biomedical Informatics Archives

Chatbot takes first prize in Mental Health Innovation challenge

Mar. 3, 2022—A chatbot — a computer program that simulates and processes human conversation — was the winning entrant in Vanderbilt's recent Mental Health Innovation Challenge and Hackathon.

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Mobile app from VUMC supports field research around the world

Feb. 10, 2022—In 2015 a team at Vanderbilt launched the Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) Mobile Application. As of a year ago, the app had been enabled by 802 organizations around the world and had been used for 9,871 projects involving 19,636 end-users.

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Osterman plays key role in major oncology EHR initiative

Feb. 3, 2022—Vanderbilt's Travis Osterman, DO, MS, is leading an integral component of the Minimal Common Data Elements (mCODE) initiative, establishing common data standards for oncology clinicians and researchers.

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Smartphone app supports EHR efforts in low-income countries

Jan. 26, 2022—A smartphone app developed at Vanderbilt is assisting health care efforts in low- and middle-income countries.

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New method enhances efforts to identify drug repurposing targets

Jan. 20, 2022—Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have developed a new method for identifying drugs for the repurposing trials that can lead to new indications for drugs already in use.

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VUMC to support $170 million NIH nutrition research initiative

Jan. 20, 2022—  by Paul Govern The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced it will award $170 million over five years to clinics and centers across the country to study individual responses to food and dietary routines and develop electronic algorithms to support personalized nutrition recommendations. The program, called Nutrition for Precision Health (NPH), will recruit...

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Game theory points to new DNA data privacy solutions

Dec. 16, 2021—Vanderbilt research is blazing a trail for the application of game theory to genomic and health data reidentification risk.

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VUMC celebrates 20th anniversary of custom-built EHR

Dec. 2, 2021—Vanderbilt University Medical Center recently commemorated the 20th anniversary of StarPanel, the first fully integrated electronic health record (EHR) in use in a major health system and developed independent of a vendor.

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Study links depression scores, white blood cell count

Dec. 2, 2021—  by Emily Stembridge Researchers across four health care systems, including Vanderbilt University Medical Center, have found that increased depression polygenic scores are associated with increased white blood cell count, highlighting the importance of the immune system in the etiology of depression. Despite a wide understanding of depression as a psychiatric disorder, depression’s underlying biological...

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Study examines genetic risk for suicide attempt

Nov. 30, 2021—New research from Vanderbilt identifies the first replicated genomic region contributing to risk of suicide attempt and confirms that genetic risk for the trait is not driven solely by risk for psychiatric disorders.

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AI predicts 24-hour hospital discharge

Nov. 16, 2021—Vanderbilt researchers used a machine learning algorithm and data from more than 26,000 hospital stays to predict who would and would not be discharged over the next 24 hours.

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COVID test accuracy appears to vary by time of day

Nov. 10, 2021—Vanderbilt researchers are examining the effect of time of day on COVID test accuracy.

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