Outpatient Clinical Informatics Consult Service

Complex Questions from Outpatient Clinics

The Outpatient Clinical Informatics Consult Service (OCICS) Site is an active archival database of complex clinical questions from VUMC ambulatory care physicians that arise during patient care. In the past, physicians have sent their questions to The Center for Knowledge Management for research via the EBM Literature Request message basket in StarPanel1. To continue providing this service for VUMC clinicians, in June of 2019 the Center for Knowledge Management will be rolling out the Knowledge Management Literature Request message pool in eStar. Trained information specialists provide patient-specific searching and synthesis of the biomedical literature and deliver a filtered summary with links to full-text articles via PubMed in response to their questions.

Enter one or more search terms (e.g. hepatitis) to find clinical questions and answers in your area of interest.

all of the above
any of the above
exact phrase

Ambulatory Morning Report
Eskind Diabetes Clinic
Green Hills Clinic
Medical Education
Pulmonary Clinic
Vanderbilt Eye Institute
Vanderbilt Internal Medicine
Vanderbilt Pediatrics
To browse all literature summaries for a specific clinic, select a clinic name and click the "Browse All" button.

The Center for Knowledge Management also provides searching and synthesis of the literature for inpatient care through the Clinical Informatics Consult Service (CICS). CICS information scientists currently work with the following groups: Breast Cancer Tumor Board, Clinical Research Center, Emergency Medicine, MICU, Morgan Service, NICU, PICU, Psychiatry, Surgery M and M Conference, and Trauma. To view clinical questions and evidence-based literature summaries from CICS database, go to the Center for Knowledge Management's Evidence-Based Site.

For more information on sending clinical questions for research via the Knowledge Management Literature Request message pool in eStar, contact Annette Williams at annette.williams@vumc.org.

  1. Giuse NB, Koonce TY, Jerome RN, Cahall M, Sathe N, Williams A. Evolution of a Mature Clinical Informationist Model. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. May-June 2005; 12(3): 249-55.

The Center for Knowledge Management Information Scientists attempt to provide accurate, inclusive, and informative reports based on the specific questions and relevant data provided to them. All information is treated with strict confidentiality, in keeping with Vanderbilt University Medical Center policies. Information Specialists attempt to report all points of view described in the literature, selecting what they consider the most representative examples of each. Summaries are prepared for the convenience of the clinician, and physicians should consult the full-text of the articles before taking action; however, the information provided is no substitute for clinical judgment. It is possible that any given search may omit some relevant information. More extensive bibliographic references for any topic are available upon request.