The Vanderbilt Perioperative Data Systems Research (PDSR) group is a multi-disciplinary group of physicians, biomedical engineers, software developers, database analysts, and research staff who focus on understanding how the utilization of information technology can improve perioperative, anesthetic, and surgical outcomes. The group, which is a part of the Vanderbilt Department of Anesthesiology, has been recognized as one of the premier anesthesia informatics programs in the world and is led by Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, M.D., M.P.H., an associate professor with appointments in Anesthesiology, Biomedical Informatics, and Surgery.
The Vanderbilt Department of Anesthesiology has been a leader in the area of anesthesia information management systems (AIMS) development since the late 1990s. GasChart, the AIMS component of the Vanderbilt Perioperative Information Management System (VPIMS) is part of an integrated system that covers the entire perioperative process including instrument & supply management, scheduling, and status displays. Because of the extensive effort that has been put toward in-house intraoperative software development, the PDSR group is able to benefit from the availability of thousands of historical intraoperative records, each containing detailed physiologic information.
The group manages a variety of clinical research projects that span many areas including development of real-time point-of-care notification systems, creating predictive models for patient risk-stratification, enhancing patient-provider communication, developing new models for delivery of medical care, and bringing personalized medicine into the operating room. Currently, the group has more than 40 active research projects, with collaborations that extend across Vanderbilt and into a growing number of academic centers across the world. These centers include The University of Michigan, Harvard University, Thomas Jefferson University, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
The Vanderbilt Perioperative Data Systems Research group is dynamic and currently expanding. Qualified candidates are being sought for a variety of full-time analyst positions, and there are also openings for summer interns and research assistants.