Service Projects

Community Services

SuperEgo Text Messaging

Development and testing of a tailored text messaging intervention to support patient adherence. Text messages are tailored based on individual psychosocial barriers to adherence.

Vanderbilt Data Exchange with the Tennessee Immunization Registry

In 2011, Vanderbilt successfully completed testing to electronically send and retrieve vaccination records from the Tennessee State Immunization Registry. Piloted initially in the Pediatric Primary Care clinic, additional clinics have been added to the process whereby all immunizations administered in those clinics and documented that day (by 10:30 pm) are sent to the state registry each evening. In 2013, information was submitted on 94,906 vaccine doses administered during 58,558 encounters with patients of all ages.

Inpatient Services

Utilization of Natural Language Processing to Detect Perioperative Events

We have partnered with the knowledgemap team to develop an approach to extracting events from free text perioperative medical records, in order to (a) re-use those events during future encounters and (b) provide quality assurance functionality.

Perioperative Predictive Modeling

The PDW is developed and maintained by The Vanderbilt Anesthesiology & Perioperative Informatics Research (VAPIR) Division, led by Jonathan P. Wanderer, MD, MPhil and Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH. We focus on utilization of information technology within the perioperative environment to improve patient safety and the quality of care delivered. The multidisciplinary group, which has grown from just three full-time research support staff in 2010 to eight in 2015, manages more than 80 active clinical research projects and has taken the lead on developing methodologies for evaluating the impact of technology and information management systems within the operating room. We currently have detailed information on over 900,000 anesthetics and support a variety of critical hospital functions.

Impact of Mobile Technologies on Perioperative Processes and Patient Outcomes

We are in the process of evaluating the impact of the use of mobile technologies on a variety of perioperative processes, including patient outcomes, provider workflow, and operational efficiency measures.

Impact of Real-Time Perioperative Clinical Decision Support

We are engaged in understanding the impact of a number of clinical decision support projects on perioperative outcomes and operational efficiency. These include experimenting with various notification modalities, information delivery systems, and approaches to obtaining outcomes of interest.

Outpatient Services


AHRQ has published a Comparative Effectiveness Research Summary Guide to treat Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus with oral medications. This project will adapt this Summary Guide to be concise, targeted, and easily actionable, and it will disseminate it to patients and healthcare providers through a patient portal and electronic health record system, respectively. The investigators will use qualitative and quantitative methodologies to evaluate understanding and application of the adaptation.

Vanderbilt Problem Knowledge Base

This project builds, distributes and maintains a problem oriented concept-based terminology that is a SNOMED subset to support operational needs for standardized, structured clinical problem representations.

Clinical Terminology Services

Build, support and maintain a centralized service that delivers standardized, structured terminology content to the various using customer applications across the institution.

Electronic Pediatric Growth Charts

Develop and evaluate novel pediatric growth charts and functionality in the electronic medical record systems serving pediatric care.

Physician/Practitioner Office Services


RxStar is a web-based electronic medication prescribing application that works within VUMC's electronic medical record, StarPanel. This system provides state-of-the-art integration of prescribing into the workflow of all provider types and supports a comprehensive set of decision-support alerts, reminders, and suggestions.

Right Drug First Time

Right Drug First Time (RDFT) is an initiative to achieve excellence in medication prescribing through advanced prescribing clinical decision support on an enterprise scale. The RDFT service will be architected as a representational state transfer web service. It will deliver clinical decision support in a variety of clinical categories that client systems can then appropriately render and integrate into workflow. VUMC's electronic prescribing system, RxStar, will be the first clinical system to subscribe to RDFT.

Diagnostic Management Team

The Diagnostic Management Team (DMT) is a VUMC innovation program to improve the quality, cost, and interpretive services related to coordinated diagnostic testing. The DMT implementation team consists of key institutional leaders in diagnostic services, operations, and informatics.

Vanderbilt Oncology Information System Progam

The goal of the Vanderbilt Oncology Information System (VOIS) program is to support the continuum of cancer care. Key projects for the VOIS program include the development of a chemotherapy order management system application to support cooperative work and longitudinal plan management.