Study Seeks to Improve Gender Equity for Liver Transplantation Waiting List

Women who need a liver transplant are more likely to spend more time on a waiting list, become too sick for transplant or die compared to men. To improve equity, a recently published Vanderbilt-led study suggests a sex adjustment to criteria for MELD (model for end-stage liver disease), which determines allocation of transplanted livers. The paper, “Proposing a Sex-Adjusted Sodium-Adjusted MELD Score for Liver Transplant Allocation” appears in JAMA Surgery.

Assessment of a Naloxone Coprescribing Alert for Patients at Risk of Opioid Overdose

The drug naloxone can rapidly reverse an opioid overdose. In 2016 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that clinicians prescribing opioids for chronic pain consider coprescribing naloxone in patients with higher opioid dosages, a history of substance use disorder or overdose, or a concurrent benzodiazepine prescription. 

Brad Malin Received Lasting Research Award for Pioneering Data Privacy Research

Bradley Malin, PhD, Accenture  Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Biostatistics and Computer Science at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has received the Lasting Research Award from the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) annual Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy (CODASPY). The award was presented April 25 at CODASPY, held this year in Hanover, Maryland.

Experts Seek Uniform Patient Confidentiality Policies for Adolescents. Study by Trent Rosenbloom, Jessica Ancker et al

When it comes to health care for adolescents, patient autonomy and parental responsibility are at times forced into opposition, and when adolescent patients in the U.S. seek care for sensitive issues — sexually transmitted infections, mental health problems, drug use, contraception, etc. — the health care team’s ability to render treatment without involving a parent will depend on which jurisdiction they’re in.

Michael Matheny & Sharidan Parr Elected to 2022 Class of AMIA Fellows

Two Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty are among a group of 92 fellows who were inducted into the 2022 Class of Fellows of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). The honorary program of AMIA members recognizes professional achievements in the application of information science to serve clinical teams and biomedical research. The fellows will be inducted at the AMIA 2022 Clinical Informatics Conference in Houston in May 2022. The two new fellows of AMIA from VUMC are:

Better Together: Integrating Biomedical Informatics & Healthcare IT Operations to Create a Learning Health System During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Study by Peter Embi

The growing availability of multi-scale biomedical data sources that can be used to enable research and improve healthcare delivery has brought about what can be described as a healthcare “data age.” This new era is defined by the explosive growth in bio-molecular, clinical, and population-level data that can be readily accessed by researchers, clinicians, and decis

Scott Nelson, Allison McCoy, Qingxia Chen, Adam Wright & Team Publish Study That Found That CDS Alerts Increased Rate of Naloxone Co-Prescribing for Pts at Risk of Opioid Overdose

Scott Nelson, Allison McCoy, Qingxia “Cindy” Chen, Adam Wright et al published a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia that found that a clinical decision support (CDS) alert significantly increased the rate of naloxone co-prescribing for patients at risk of an opioid overdose.  Read more here.