Current Nashville Medical News

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New HPV Screens Help Uncover Cervical Cancer Risks
For about a decade, physicians have had access to a human papillomavirus test to help stratify a patient's risk for cervical cancer. However, this spring the FDA approved two new options to further refine early identification of the HPV variants most often linked with cancers of the cervix, vulva and vagina.

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Medical Trade Mart Could Open Doors Next Year in Nashville
If Bill Winsor's vision becomes a reality, purchasers of medical supplies from across the globe will be arriving at Nashville International Airport next year and hopping a cab to downtown, where the Nashville Medical Trade Center will provide a one-stop shop for a wealth of healthcare-related products.


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Will ERs in the Deep South Be Ready for Second Wave of Swine Flu?
Best Practices Approach Diffuses Volume-Driven Problems, Emergency Physician Shortages
The World Health Organization has warned that swine flu may return "with a vengeance" in the months ahead. Already facing shortages of emergency physicians, will the Deep South's ERs be ready to treat a large influx of sick patients?

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PhRMA Physician Interaction Guidelines 2009
A Conversation with Billy Tauzin
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA ) have issued new guidelines governing the interactions between member companies and healthcare providers. These guidelines went into effect January 1, 2009. Nashville Medical News spoke with Mr. Billy Tauzin about the guidelines. Mr. Tauzin is the president and CEO of PhRMA, a position he has held since January 2005. Prior to joining PhRMA, Mr. Tauzin served in the House of Representatives from Louisiana's 3rd District for 13 terms. He served as Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.


Staying Cool Under Fire
Vanderbilt Burn Center Nationally Recognized for Trauma Care
The Vanderbilt Regional Burn Center was developed in the wake of the Waverly train disaster in February 1978. In the aftermath of a 24-car derailment, a vapor leak occurred. Within minutes of the discovery –– before the cleanup crew had time to react –– the tanker exploded.

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Urgent and Emergent
Nation's Trauma & Emergency System Nears Breaking Point
Congress is currently considering two pieces of legislation that many leaders in trauma care and emergency medicine consider a lifeline for their respective specialties. Without intervention, these professionals fear a time will come when a call for emergency care cannot be answered.

 Feature Profiles

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HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Prorenata Health Offers Nurse Practitioner House Calls
Prorenata in medical parlance means "as needed," and that's just the inspiration for Prorenata Health Inc., launched in January to offer medical services delivered to Rutherford County homes by a nurse practitioner.

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Physician Spotlight: James G. Snyder, MD, PhD
Expanding Horizons
Growing up in an old mill town on the Jersey Shore, "fishing every day," James Snyder, MD, PhD, probably never envisioned that he would live inland far from the beach in Middle Tennessee and South America.

 Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds July


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HCA's Perlin Leads National Committee on HIT Standards
A nationwide, interoperable, privacy-protected health information technology infrastructure. If you think it just can't be done, talk to Nashville's Jonathan B. Perlin, MD. He's a believer.

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HIT Stimulus Offers Nashville an Economic Opportunity
Panelists Encourage Innovation
At press time, the Nashville Health Care Council was scheduled to host Health Information Technology & The Economic Stimulus, a panel discussion at the end of June to examine the broad implications of the federal HIT push. Nashville Medical News spoke with panelists in advance of the meeting about the challenges and opportunities for providers and for Nashville itself.

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Does The HIT Stimulus Money Mean Smooth Sailing – Or Rough Seas?
The cheerleading is fast and furious. The federal government and various medical organizations continue to hail the nearly $19 billion health information technology portion of President Obama's economic stimulus as the catalyst needed to break down barriers to widespread use of electronic health records. Yet there's an undercurrent of caution among providers, HIT entrepreneurs and the popular media.

Vanderbilt Nabs HIT Recognition for Clinical Alert Improvement
Implementation by nurses of an electronic clinical alert system earned Vanderbilt University Medical Center a 2009 Bio-IT World best practices award in May. Vanderbilt was one of eight winning entries from a pool of 72 submissions.

Using HIT to Achieve EHR Interoperability
Only about 17 percent of physicians today are using Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in their practices. When it comes to community behavioral health providers, the percentage of clinics with full use of EHRs is less than 8 percent.