DBMI Webinar Highlights: Epic Founder Judy Faulkner Q&A, 2/17/21

The CEO and founder of one of the world’s largest electronic health record (EHR) vendors, Judith Faulkner of Epic Systems Corp., spoke about her company and answered questions at the Department of Biomedical Informatics weekly online seminar on February 17, 2021. 

Grant Supports Speedy Sorting of Health Records by Phenotype

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). 

Data mart speeds recruitment for COVID research

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.

Jessica Ancker Named Vice Chair for Educational Affairs in DBMI

Health informatics expert and educator Jessica Ancker, PhD, MPH, has joined the Department of Biomedical Informatics as vice chair for Educational Affairs. Ancker comes from Weill Cornell Medical College and Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, where she was an associate professor. 

DBMI Welcomes New Employees

Kevin Johnson, MD, MS, FAAP, FACMI, DBMI Chair, and Elizabeth Brown, DBMI Chief Business Officer would like to extend their welcome to our newest employees who have joined the department: 

DBMI Staff Recognize MLK Day

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. 

Building a cohort, the easy way

Teams mounting separate clinical trials at Vanderbilt University Medical Center sought to form research cohorts on two rare, life-threatening adverse drug reactions: drug-induced torsade de pointes (an arrythmia) and Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis.

DBMI Employees Get Vaccinated

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." 

DBMI Welcomes New Employees

Dr. Kevin Johnson, DBMI Chair, and Elizabeth Brown, DBMI Chief Business Officer would like to extend their welcome to the new employees that have joined the department this year.  Welcome to: Danyel Campbell