Stuart Weinberg Received Special Achievement Award from American Academy of Pediatrics

Stuart Weinberg, MD, FAAP, FAMIA, Associate Professor in DBMI & Pediatrics in the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt University, received the Special Achievement Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). He was honored at the virtual presentation of the District IV Awards of Chapter Excellence & Special Achievement Awards on May 6. 

DBMI Digest May 2021 Issue — Now Available!

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) Department of Biomedical Informatics's (DBMI) monthly newsletter, DBMI Digest, is now available to view. Read the May 2021 issue here.  Each DBMI Digest features department & faculty announcements, awards & appointments, educational & HR updates, funding opportunities and more. Each issue also includes a profile of one of our faculty, staff, postdocs and students. 

Brad Malin Appointed to CDC’s Board of Scientific Counselors

Bradley Malin, PhD, FACMI, FAIMBE, FIAHSI, Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Biostatistics and Computer Science, has been appointed to the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Health Statistics of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through 2024. 

Faculty Position Opportunity: Center for Improving the Public's Health through Informatics (CIPHI) – Apply Now!

Michael Matheny, MD, MS, MPH, FACMI, Co-Director of the Center for Improving the Public's Health through Informatics (CIPHI), is seeking a non-tenured faculty member with expertise in developing and using clinical observational data models, supporting and executing informatics and health services research observational analytic queries for association and prediction studie

VCLIC Inaugural Techquity Design Challenge Announces Winners, Focuses on Health Care Equity

A proposal titled "Capture of Smoking History in EHR for Assessment of Lung Cancer Screening Eligibility" has won the inaugural VCLIC Design Challenge, sponsored by the Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center (VCLIC).  Each academic year, VCLIC chooses a focus, this year's being "Making health care more equitable through technology." The center's inaugural design challenge sought to stimulate creative solutions on this theme. 

Juan Zhao, Wei-Qi Wei & Colleagues Analyzed Clinical Notes to Identify COVID Symptoms

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health authorities first had to identify and draw attention to common signs and symptoms of the disease.  On Feb. 25, 2020, with 14 cases having been diagnosed in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initially went with fever, cough and shortness of breath. This brief official list of coronavirus disease symptoms remained unchanged until mid-April. 

COVID-19 Met with Intensive Teamwork: Story Featuring You Chen, Chao Yan & Colleagues

As reported in the journal JMIR Human Factors, Chao Yan, You Chen, PhD, Assistant Professor in DBMI, and colleagues used electronic health records (EHRs) and network analysis to study teamwork in intensive care units at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  As a starting point, they matched 38 patients admitted to the COVID ICU with 38 similar patients without COVID-19 admitted to the medical ICU. 

10 DBMI Faculty Named 2021 Fellows of AMIA

Congratulations to the faculty members in the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI), who were named Fellows of AMIA! They will be inducted into the FAMIA during the AMIA 2021 Virtual Clinical Informatics Conference. See the 10 inductees below: