Wei-Qi Wei , MD, PhD, assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics and scientific director of the Precision Phenotyping Core at the Center for Precision Medicine, has been awarded a four-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (grant GM139891) to continue development of high-throughput software for quickly identifying traits of interest, or phenotypes, in electronic health records (EHRs).
The arrival last March of the COVID-19 pandemic in Tennessee presented challenges for the clinical research enterprise at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Prompt recruitment of patients newly diagnosed with COVID-19 into clinical trials was, and remains, a public health imperative with top-level backing from the federal government.
In March 1966 at a Medical Committee for Human Rights convention, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated: “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane...” In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18, a few faculty members in the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) shared their thoughts on how biomedical informatics plays an important role in improving health equity for all.
The COVID-19 vaccines are here and employees within the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) are signing up! On Sunday, December 20, 2020, Yaa Kumah-Crystal, MD, Assistant Professor in DBMI and Pediatric Endocrinology, received her first COVID-19 vaccine injection. She described the experience as a "very smooth process."