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Smith to lead Vanderbilt Network Services

May. 2, 2013—Janice Smith, R.N., M.Ed., has been appointed to the new role of chief administrative officer of Vanderbilt Network Services. VNS serves as an interface between core departments of Vanderbilt University Medical Center and off-campus clinics. VNS staff members have expertise in project management, information technology, procurement, medical records, telecommunications and related services. Providing startup and...

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New computer speeds clinical data collection

Apr. 25, 2013—Tucked in a data center in the basement of Vanderbilt University Hospital, a new computer the size of a large armoire, called a data warehouse appliance, is delivering a new order of speed to Vanderbilt clinical scientists as they search, filter, analyze and annotate the de-identified medical records of approximately 2 million patients.

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Award winners embody caring, dedication

Mar. 18, 2013—The latest Credo Award and Five Pillar Leader Award winners were announced at this week’s Spring Clinical Enterprise Leadership Assembly at Langford Auditorium.

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VUMC testing new payment system for Medicare patients

Mar. 14, 2013—Over the next three years, Medicare will test a new payment arrangement that rewards participating hospitals when Medicare patients require fewer inpatient and post-discharge services, but extracts financial penalties when patients require more of these services.

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Morath to oversee quality efforts for California Hospital Association

Mar. 14, 2013—Having served since 2009 as Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s chief quality and safety officer, Julie Morath, MSN, is leaving to become senior vice president for the California Hospital Association, where she will have oversight for hospital and health system quality and safety strategy and alignment. She will also be appointed CEO of the new California Hospital Quality Institute.

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Balser outlines efforts to address shifting economy

Mar. 14, 2013—An overview of financial pressures created by the federal budget sequester and other legislation now facing Vanderbilt University Medical Center and academic health centers across the country was presented March 12 at two leadership forums — the Spring Clinical Enterprise Leadership Assembly held that morning at Langford Auditorium, and a faculty meeting focused on impact on the research community the same afternoon in Light Hall.

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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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