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June 2022

Center for Improving the Public's Health through Informatics (CIPHI)

The mission of the Center for Improving the Public’s Health through Informatics (CIPHI) is to improve the health of populations by developing innovative methods to transform diverse data into actionable knowledge for research, health care delivery, and public health. 

Faculty, trainees, staff and collaborators of CIPHI conduct population-based informatics research across multiple disciplines under informatics. The CIPHI group also has a strong affiliation with Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) and the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (which has created this multidisciplinary and collaborative center), as well as a strong relationship with the Middle Tennessee Research Institute.
Looking Ahead in 2022-23: CIPHI’s goals for the upcoming year are to continue to improve collaborations with local, state, and national public health authorities, integrate predictive analytics into health care delivery for population health, and participate and lead in national consortia in observational medical product surveillance and signal detection.
Research Foci: Medical Device Surveillance, Population Health and Public Health Informatics, Machine Learning and Data Mining, Natural Language Processing, Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP) Common Data Model (CDM) and more.
Recent news, published papers and funded projects in CIPHI:

  • Panel Presentation accepted for upcoming AMIA 2022 Annual Symposium: “Can Data Science Move Medical Device Surveillance Forward? Highlights of Solutions and Remaining Challenges in Real-World Evidence Generation”
  • JAMIA: “Conceptualizing Clinical Decision Support as Complex Interventions: A Meta-Analysis of Comparative Effectiveness Trials
  • Dr. Eric Grogan and Dr. Stephen Deppen were awarded a VA HSR&D IIR entitled “Creating a Veteran’s Specific Risk Model to Improve Lung Cancer Screening”. Dr. Deppen was also awarded a competing continuation of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Early Detection Research Network (EDRN) U-01.
  • Dr. Alvin Jeffery was awarded the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators.
  • Dr. Brian Douthit recently presented a poster at the 2022 National Library of Medicine (NLM) T15 Training Conference titled “Quantifying the Use of HL7® FHIR® to Promote Healthcare App Interoperability”.
Check out the CIPHI website for details on current and past research, job opportunities, and more.

Contact Center Director Dr. Michael Matheny at to learn more about CIPHI and collaboration opportunities!
Twitter: @vumcDBMI
Accomplishments of CHSR Faculty
Muktar Aliyu, MD, MPH, DrPH was named Director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health and the first recipient of the Endowed Directorship in Global Health. Congratulations!

Dr. Aliyu was also awarded a capacity building grant from the Fogarty International Center of the NIH to train a cohort of highly skilled Nigerian biostatisticians to lead and supervise high-level biostatistics activities for HIV research studies in West Africa. Read More
Beth Malow, MD, and colleagues published in Sleep Medicine that using key words instead of ICD codes was more effective to identify patients with autism and associated sleep problems in de-identified electronic health records. With this approach, they found that 86% of patients with autism reviewed had sleep problems and two-thirds of patients that used melatonin reported benefit from its use.  Read More
Trent Rosenbloom MD, MPH, Jessica Ancker, PhD, MPH, and colleagues reported in Pediatrics a considerable state-by-state variability in adolescent patient privacy and independent consent for healthcare services laws that often counter the provision of confidential care to adolescents advocated by medical societies. The authors’ “call to action” centers on aligning state laws with best policies and recommendations for providing the best care possible in the interests of patients.  Read More
Adam Wright, PhD, Allison McCoy, PhD and colleagues conducted a quality improvement project to implement an EHR alert system for patients at high risk for opioid overdose that resulted in a 16-fold increase in naloxone prescriptions. The findings, reported in Anesthesia & Analgesia, highlight the usefulness of EHR alerts to change prescribing patterns. Read More
Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI and colleagues will participate in the American Medical Association effort to advance equitable quality and safety in patient care. VUMC, in collaboration with 7 other institutions, will pilot various tools to embed equity throughout VUMC’s healthcare delivery practices, advancing racial justice and health equity for patients, staff, and communities. Read More 

Dr. Wilkins was also a driving force in VUMC’s Racial Equity Plan to transform the medical center into an anti-racist, multicultural institution that delivers equitable health care to our communities. Read More
Tina Hartert, MD, MPH, William Dupont, PhD and the HEROS study team reported in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology that asthma does not increase the risk of infection from SARS-CoV-2, while people with food allergies were less likely to become infected. The study, co-led by Dr. Hartert, included more than 4,000 people in nearly 1,400 households including at least one child or young adult in 12 U.S. cities. Read More
Sara Van Driest, MD, PhD and colleagues published in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science the first evidence of an association between lower CYP2D6 activity, a family of drug metabolizing enzymes, and adverse drug events in pediatric patients and young adults receiving propafenone. Read More
Lyndsay Nelson, PhD, Shari Barkin, MD, MSHS, and colleagues developed a 3-item scale called the Digital Health Care Literacy Scale, to measure an individual’s confidence to use digital healthcare services such as telehealth. The tool, reported in JMIR Formative Research, has been tested and validated in a group of caregivers of young children. Read More
Mayur Patel, MD, MPH, and Emergency Medicine and Trauma Surgery researchers will team up with Vanderbilt LifeFlight as a site in a DOD-funded clinical trial aimed at improving survival with resuscitation techniques used to keep patients alive after a traumatic injury. The TOWAR Trial will enroll more than 1,000 adults who are bleeding and en route to a trauma center to test whether resuscitation with whole blood improves survival. Read More
Funding Opportunity 

The US Deprescribing Research Network (USDeN) is a National Institute on Aging-funded center focused on advancing research to optimize medication use for older adults. USDeN will soon be seeking applications for large pilot studies that test complementary and integrative health approaches to support deprescribing of benzodiazepine receptor agonists in older adults.
The goal of this program is to support pilot studies that will test study procedures, refine interventions, assess feasibility, and other such activities such that by the end of the one-year pilot study the investigators will be well-positioned to apply for a large grant to conduct a definitive clinical trial of the interventions. Pilot studies will be awarded with a budget of up to approximately $160,000 over one year.  
You can visit our Grants Opportunity page or reach out to with administrative and/or technical questions about the application process.

Please also consider joining our network as we also have yearly calls for pilot and grant planning awards focused on deprescribing, data and methods resources, stakeholder engagement resources, a Junior Investigator program focused on career development in deprescribing research, monthly webinars, and more.
Implementation Research in the Learning Health System Symposium
This year, nearly 90 attendees participated in the symposium held on May 16. Check out the symposium website for highlights of the day's events. 

Congratulations to the Poster Award Winners!

Completed Work | L. Lauren Brown, PhD, LCSW “Process Mapping to Inform Implementation of Trauma-informed HIV Care for Youth in Memphis, TN”

Work in Progress | Natalie R. Holt, PhD “Beginning Collection of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures in VA Tennessee Valley's Transgender Medicine Clinic”

People’s Choice | Lauren Boston, MSN, RN, PNP-PC, NPD-BC “Who's Who in the PACU? Role Designation During Emergencies”

Operational Partner Award
The Outstanding Operational Partner Award was presented to Robin L. Steaban, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer for Vanderbilt University Hospital by Robert Dittus, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer for the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, and Co-Director of the Learning Healthcare Platform. Robin Steaban has been a seminal operations partner by providing strategic input on the priorities of the adult hospital and nursing to inform and support research initiatives.  
(photo credit, Donn Jones, VUMC Reporter)
Pride Month
Gilbert Gonzales, PhD authored an AcademyHealth Blog Post highlighting the impact of marriage equality on LGBTQ+ health and equity. Dr. Gonzales' research examines how public policies affect health outcomes, access to care, and health disparities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations. He also studies the role of health care reforms on vulnerable populations. 
 Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Edward Iglesia, MD, MPH and Sunil Kripalani, MD, MSc led an Insights @ VUMC Twitter campaign in May spotlighting Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) clinicians, physician-scientists, researchers, staff, and trainees at VUMC. Check out the Twitter thread to learn how they champion health equity and diversity through research and other initiatives. Among those highlighted in the campaign were CHSR faculty members Devika Nair, MD, MSCI, Neeraja Peterson, MD, MSc, Mayur Patel, MD, MPH, Kamran Idrees, MD, MSCI, and Jin Han, MD, MSc.
HSR Game Night at Game Terminal!
Congratulations to CHSR Investigators on these New Awards!
CHSR new grant awards (May 2022)
  • Stacie Dusetzina, PhD: Making the Right Choice: Medicare Plan Selection and Access to Cancer Care, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 
  • Brittney Snyder, PhD: Identifying Molecular Pathways in Childhood Asthma Pathogenesis by Integrating Newborn Metabolic Profiles and GWAS Data, K01/NIH/NHLBI 
  • Daniel France, PhD, MPH: Realtime Measurement of Situational Workload in NICU Nurses to Improve Workload Management and Patient Safety, R01/AHRQ 
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