VUMC eyes EHR optimization with new clinical informatics center

Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center aims to promote innovation in clinical informatics and EHR optimization through its new clinical informatics center, according to a Jan. 29 VUMC report.

In August, VUMC appointed Adam Wright, PhD, as director of clinical decision support and the Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center. Under Dr. Wright's leadership, the VCIC will use medical data and research to enhance clinical workflows in its Epic EHR, which the health system transitioned to in November 2017.

"With Epic we've achieved one dream, which was the adoption dream, and now we want to achieve the next phase, which I'd say is the effective use dream," Dr. Wright said. "Epic systems give us a platform to do things we could never do before in terms of decision support and learning from the data."

Prior to joining VUMC, Dr. Wright served as an associate professor at Harvard and clinical lead for clinical decision support and informatics at Boston-based Partners HealthCare.

In addition to optimizing VUMC's EHR, Dr. Wright's goal with the clinical informatics center is to collaborate with clinical teams and clinical quality and risk management departments to spread EHR innovation beyond the health system and help other organizations with projects that could lead to research publications.

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