The Vanderbilt Department of Anesthesiology has a long tradition of leading the field of anesthesia informatics. A rich blend of world-class research, active software development, and utilization of the latest clinical applications allows the Department to drive use of technology within anesthesiology to improve safety and quality. Nationally recognized efforts within the Department are tightly linked with activities around the Medical Center and University as a whole. Advances in both research and clinical care are facilitated by several key faculty members in the Department who have dual faculty appointments in the Department of Biomedical Informatics.
The Vanderbilt Anesthesiology & Perioperative Informatics Research (VAPIR) Division, led by Dr. Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, is the nation’s preeminent research team focused on utilization of information technology within the perioperative environment. A multidisciplinary group currently managing more than sixty active clinical research projects, has taken the lead in developing methodologies for evaluating technology and information management systems within the operating room.
Perioperative Informatics, a group which is directed by Dr. Brian Rothman, Medical Director of Perioperative Informatics, is a hospital entity that manages the clinical applications used within the perioperative setting. These tools include several applications developed and commercialized by Vanderbilt, including VPIMS, VigiVu, and PatientTracker.