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

Facial Recognition Study

In low- and middle-income countries, free, open-source facial recognition software could provide an economical solution for verifying patient identity across health care settings, according to a study by Martin Were, MD, MS, and colleagues, appearing in the International Journal of Medical Informatics.

Yin receives early investigator MERIT Award from NCI

Zhijun Yin, PhD, assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has received the National Cancer Institute’s Method to Extend Research in Time Award (or MERIT Award) for Early Stage Investigators. See Paul Governs full article here.

VUMC team creates COVID-19 research registry

A team in the Department of Biomedical Informatics is creating a COVID-19 patient registry as a platform for research out of the electronic health records (EHRs) of patients seen at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. For the full article click here as reported by Paul Govern, News and Communications.

Rapid Development of Telehealth Capabilities within Pediatric Patient Portal Infrastructure for COVID-19 Care: Barriers, Solutions, Results

The COVID-19 national emergency has led to surging care demand and the need for unprecedented telehealth expansion. Rapid telehealth expansion can be especially complex for pediatric patients. From the experience of a large academic medical center, this report describes a pathway for efficiently increasing capacity of remote pediatric enrollment for telehealth while fulfilling privacy, security, and convenience concerns. To see the JAMIA article click here.

Many groups turning to REDCap for COVID-19 tracking

REDCap, a software application created and developed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has found widespread use in the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the full VUMC Reporter article, click here.

Study explores health impact of social isolation, loneliness

Laurie Novak, PhD, MHSA, assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics, served as one of 15 members of NAM’s Committee on the Health and Medical Dimensions of Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults. For the full article, click here.

Genetics and EHR's

Lisa Bastarache, MS, research assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics, and Tony Capra, PhD, associate professor of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Informatics, described the intersection of genetics and electronic health records during last week’s Cutting-Edge Discovery Lecture. For the full article, click here.

New center seeks to strengthen clinical informatics

The primary idea driving clinical informatics is that we should use computerized information systems to help people make better clinical decisions,” said Adam Wright, PhD, who joined Vanderbilt last August as director of clinical decision support and the new Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center (VCLIC). For the full article, click here.

VUMC study to use artificial intelligence to explore suicide risk

With the help of a five-year, $2.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center will use computational methods to shed light on suicidal ideation and its relationship to attempted suicide, predict suicidal ideation and suicide attempt using routine electronic health records (EHRs) and explore the genetic underpinnings of both. For full article click here,