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Author: Paul Govern

Data-driven future of health care takes center stage at event

Sep. 29, 2016—“Someone in the NIH found the gas pedal and stepped on it,” said the keynote speaker for Personalized Medicine Day, held Sept. 23 at the Student Life Center. David Glazer, director of engineering at Verily Life Sciences, was remarking on the unusual velocity and momentum of the National Institutes of Health’s new Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI).

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BMI genotype and breast cancer risk

Sep. 29, 2016—For breast cancer prevention, a new study provides evidence for lifestyle modification to reduce weight gain in adults.

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Blood exposures for traditional healers

Sep. 23, 2016—Traditional healers in sub-Saharan have a high rate of exposure to blood, putting them at risk for HIV and hepatitis C.

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EpicLeap mobile information centers begin making rounds

Sep. 22, 2016—Under the sweeping technology initiative called EpicLeap, Vanderbilt University Medical Center is on course to replace the greater part of its clinical, billing and administrative software by November 2017, with an eye to improving continuity of care, efficiency and patient and care-team experiences.

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Frisse honored by American Medical Informatics Association

Sep. 15, 2016—Mark Frisse, M.D., M.S., MBA, Accenture Professor of Biomedical Informatics and vice chair for business development in that department, has been selected to receive the American Medical Informatics Association’s 2016 Don Eugene Detmer Award for Health Policy Contributions in Informatics.

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Wright loves her patients and their mysteries

Jul. 21, 2016—Everyone knew everyone in Patty Wright’s hometown of Scottsville, Kentucky, population 4,336.

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M.D. affiliation and Medicaid access

Jun. 29, 2016—In the journal Medical Care, Michael Richards, M.D., Ph.D., MPH and colleagues report that more office-based physicians are affiliating with integrated health systems. Apparently through this affiliation, physicians become more likely to accept Medicaid patients. From 2009 to 2015, independent practices decreased from 73 percent to 60 percent of all office-based physician practices, and group...

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The odds of asthma

Jun. 27, 2016—A number of factors during infancy increase the risk that a child will later develop asthma.

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‘Crowdsourcing’ project aims to refine data extraction from electronic health records

Jun. 2, 2016—A research team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) will develop a crowdsourcing solution for generating a wide range of labeled data sets from electronic health records (EHRs).

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New software tracks cancer mutations, survival

Jun. 2, 2016—A team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has developed and tested software that scans electronic health records in real time to monitor cancer patient survival (from time of diagnosis) according to which genes, if any, are found to carry mutations.

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Pretorius named to key Anesthesiology post

May. 5, 2016—Mias Pretorius, MBChB, MSCI, associate professor of Anesthesiology and Medicine, has been named division chief of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology.

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Anesthesiology resident lands research awards

May. 5, 2016—Anesthesiology resident Loren Smith, M.D., Ph.D., recently received two national research awards: the Margaret Wood Resident Research Award, from the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA); and the 2016 Young Investigator Award, from the Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (SOCCA).

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