Following on the heels of the exceedingly successful November 2013 event in Los Angeles, VPS is excited to announce the next VPS User Conference to be held in one of the most fascinating cities in the world, New Orleans.

The conference will offer presentations of interest to Site Coordinators and Data Collectors all day Tuesday, March 24th and half the day on Wednesday, March 25th. The second half of Wednesday, March 25th and all day Thursday, March 26th will focus on the use of data for improvement and research purposes and may interest Researchers, Medical Directors, Operational Leaders, Site Coordinators, and other intuitive users of VPS's data.

Don't miss out on the special event / networking dinner scheduled for Wednesday night, March 25th. Join the VPS Community as we board an historic Mississippi riverboat complete with traditional New Orleans jazz music and all you can eat buffet of local treats.

To register for the VPS User Conference 2015, click the Register Now button below:
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The VPS Team looks forward to seeing you in New Orleans!

User Conference Program

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Monday - March 23, 2015
5:00pm - 6:30pm Welcome Reception / Early Check-In All are welcome: Lagniappe (2nd Floor) Cocktails
Tuesday - March 24, 2015
Target: Data Collectors, Site Coordinators & Data Users
7:15am - 8:00am Check-In / Breakfast Hosted by VPS Continental
8:00am - 8:10am Welcome and Introduction
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Brian Reisner, VPS
8:10am - 8:25am Milestones from the Past / A Spotlight on the Future
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Dr. Randall Wetzel, VPS
8:30am - 10:00am "Impacting Change Through the Utilization of VPS's Data" Moderator: Nancy Brundage, VPS
» 8:35am - 8:55am Driving Change with VPS Data: Shaping Care Delivery and Operational Management
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Danielle Traynor
Children's Hospital Colorado
» 8:55am - 9:15am 10 Steps for Getting Out of VPS What You’ve Been Putting In
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Jaime LaVelle
University of Minnesota Children's Hospital
» 9:15am - 9:35am It’s Not Just For Research Anymore: Using VPS As a Dynamic Problem-Solving Tool
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Kim Pearson
University of Minnesota Children's Hospital
» 9:35am - 9:55am Using VPS to Address Staffing Needs in the PICU
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Katie Nielsen
Children's Hospital & Medical Center
10:00am - 10:20am Morning Break / Poster Exhibit Hosted by VPS Coffee, tea, etc
10:25am - 11:30am "Synergies of a Data Collection Team" Moderator: Jennifer Daufeldt, VPS
» 10:30am - 10:50am Team from CHOP
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Sherri Kubis and Danielle Traynor
» 10:50am - 11:10am Team from Atlanta
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Chrys Fields, Ashley Sweeney and M’Liss White
» 11:10am - 11:30am Team from Kaiser Permanente
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Jane Folena and Maria Galletto
11:35am - 12:00pm "Lost in Translation: Understanding My VPS Data"
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Moderator: Sheila Veuleman, VPS
Aaron Katch, VPS and Casey Lauer, VPS
12:00pm - 1:20pm Lunch (buffet) / Poster Exhibit Hosted by VPS Break Outs for Cerner and EPIC Specific Units
1:20pm - 1:25pm Sponsor Presentation: HQI Partners Tony Summerlin and Angela Conlay
1:25pm - 1:40pm “Top Ten” VPS Tips & Tricks
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Moderator: Christopher Cubley, VPS
VPS's Tech Team Members
1:40pm - 2:00pm Geek Talk: Where the VPS Application Will Be June 2015
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Moderator: Casey Lauer, VPS
Christopher Cubley, VPS and Alex Kaminski, VPS
2:05pm - 2:10pm Introduction to Team Hurdles Brian Reisner, VPS
2:20pm - 3:00pm Round 1: Team Hurdles - Roundtable Discussions (pick one topic)
  • Help I'm Behind! I need more people!
  • Getting it Out There: Sharing VPS with my Hospital
  • My Physician wants it last week!
  • Enhancing Your EMR Reports for Data Collection
  • STATS 101 Can Be Fun!
  • Techie Encounters of the Worst Kind
  • Creating a Roadmap in Data Collection

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Moderated by Staff of VPS See Handout for Details on Each Discussion Topic
3:10pm - 3:30pm Afternoon Break / Poster Exhibit Hosted by VPS
3:35pm - 4:15pm Round 2: Team Hurdles - Roundtable Discussions (pick one topic)
  • Help I'm Behind! I need more people!
  • Getting it Out There: Sharing VPS with my Hospital
  • My Physician wants it last week!
  • Enhancing Your EMR Reports for Data Collection
  • STATS 101 Can Be Fun!
  • Techie Encounters of the Worst Kind
  • Creating a Roadmap in Data Collection
Moderated by Staff of VPS See Handout for Details on Each Discussion Topic
4:25pm - 4:55pm Recap Roundtable Discussions Moderator: Dr. Tom Rice
5:00pm - 6:30pm Networking Reception All are welcome: Art Gallery (1st Floor) Cocktails
Wednesday - March 25, 2015
Target: Data Collectors, Site Coordinators & Data Users
7:15am - 8:00am Breakfast Hosted by VPS Continental
8:00am - 8:05am Welcome Back Dr. Tom Rice
8:05am - 8:35am Using VPS to Understand the Impact of Nutrition on Outcomes in the PICU Dr. Theresa Mikhailov
Children’s Hospital Wisconsin
8:40am - 9:00am Using VPS Outside the Wall of the PICU
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Justi O’Flynn
Kosair Children’s Hospital
9:05am - 9:30am V.A.L.U.E. Session: Clarity of Complex Definitions Nancy Brundage, Sheila Veuleman and Jennifer Daufeldt, VPS Experience the monthly webinar series, live!
9:40am - 10:20am Round 3: Team Hurdles - Roundtable Discussions (pick one topic)
  • Help I'm Behind! I need more people!
  • Getting it Out There: Sharing VPS with my Hospital
  • My Physician wants it last week!
  • Enhancing Your EMR Reports for Data Collection
  • STATS 101 Can Be Fun!
  • Techie Encounters of the Worst Kind
  • Creating a Roadmap in Data Collection

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Moderated by Staff of VPS See Handout for Details on Each Discussion Topic
10:25am - 10:45am Morning Break / Poster Exhibits Hosted by VPS Coffee, tea, etc
10:45am - 10:50am Sponsor Presentation: HQI Partners Tony Summerlin and Angela Conlay
10:55am - 11:20am Leveraging Team Productivity
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"Sheila Veuleman, VPS and Ken Alexander, Louisiana Hospital Association"
11:25am - 12:00pm How Can We Enrich the VPS Application? An Open Discussion Dr. Randall Wetzel Come prepared with your feedback and ideas to enhance the VPS application and experience
12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch (buffet) / Poster Exhibit Hosted by VPS
1:35pm - 1:40pm Welcome Researchers, Administrators, Physicians and MDs Dr. Randall Wetzel
1:40pm - 3:00pm "Impacting Change with VPS Data" Moderator: Casey Lauer, VPS
1:40pm - 2:00pm Pediatric TBI: ICPM and CT scan Utilization Variability and Non-Mortality Outcomes
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Dr. Katy Flynn-O'Brien
University of Washington
2:00pm - 2:20pm Center-Volume and Mortality Among ICUs Caring for Pediatric Cardiac Patients
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Dr. Randall Wetzel
VPS’s Chief Executive Officer
2:20pm - 2:40pm Standardized Mortality Ratios for Most Frequent Cardiac Surgical Procedures Utilizing PICSIM
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Dr. Tom Rice
VPS’s Chief Medical Officer
2:40pm - 3:00pm Using VPS to Assess Impact of Advance Practice Staffing Changes
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Dr. Emilie Henry
Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center
3:05pm - 3:25pm Neuro Critical Care, A New VPS Module
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Dr. Jose Pineda
St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Introduction by Dr. Tom Rice
3:25pm - 3:45pm Afternoon Break / Poster Exhibit Hosted by VPS
3:50pm - 4:10pm Alignment of a Health System Through VPS
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Dr. Catherine Albin
Kaiser Permanente
4:15pm - 4:35pm Sepsis Monitoring Dr. Heidi Flori
Children's Hospital & Research Center, Oakland
4:40pm - 5:20pm Coming June 2015: VPS’s New Analytics and Reporting Capabilities Christopher Cubley, VPS and Alex Kaminski, VPS
5:45pm Special Event Networking Dinner Steamboat Cruise / Dinner Meet in hotel lobby (an additional fee required)
Thursday - March 26, 2015
Target: Researchers, Administrators, Physicians, MDs
7:15am - 8:00am Breakfast Hosted by VPS Continental
8:00am - 8:05am Welcome Back Dr. Tom Rice
8:05am - 8:40am KEY NOTE: Changing Landscape of Quality – Implications for Pediatric Specialties and Data Systems
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Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva
VPS’s Chief Scientific Officer; Associate Executive Director, American Academy of Pediatrics
8:40am - 9:25am Collaboration: Breakthrough Developments in Critical Care Networking Moderator: Dr. Tom Rice, VPS
» 8:45am - 9:05am Updates from PALISI
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Dr. Barry Markovitz
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
» 9:05am - 9:25am Case Study: A Collaboration between VPS / PHIS Dr. Punkaj Gupta
Arkansas Children's Hospital
9:25am - 10:30am Focused Engagement with Population Specific Data Moderator: Dr. Tom Rice, VPS
» 9:30am - 9:50am Association of Center Volume with Outcomes of In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in Children with Critical Illness Dr. Punkaj Gupta
Arkansas Children's Hospital
» 9:50am - 10:10am Improving Patient Outcomes Through Data Quality: A TR/VPS Partnership
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Dr. Mary Fallat, Kosair Children’s Hospital and Dr. Katy Flynn-O'Brien, University of Washington
» 10:10am - 10:30am Geo-Mapping Preschool Trauma to Inform Accountable Care Dr. Michael Forbes
Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron
10:30am - 10:45am Morning Break / Poster Exhibit Coffee, tee, etc
10:50am - 11:10am Why “VPS Cardiac” is Different
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Dr. Howard Jeffries
Seattle Children's Hospital
11:15am - 12:130pm Learning and Evolving: VPS’s Support in Research Moderator: Dr. Tom Rice, VPS
» 11:20am - 11:40am VPS’s Process / Approval System
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Dr. Barry Markovitz
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
» 11:45am - 12:05am Translating VPS’s Big Data Into Research
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Dr. Punkaj Gupta
Arkansas Children's Hospital
» 12:10am - 12:30pm Is There a Volume-Outcome Relationship in Pediatric Critical Care? Dr. Barry Markovitz
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
12:30pm - 1:45pm Lunch (buffet) / Poster Exhibit Hosted by VPS
1:50pm - 2:10pm Innovative Clinical Decision Support in Pediatric Critical Care
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Dr. Curtis Kennedy
Baylor College of Medicine
2:15pm - 3:00pm How Can We Enrich the VPS Application? An Open Discussion Dr. Randall Wetzel
VPS’s Chief Executive Officer
Come prepared with your feedback and ideas to enhance the VPS application and experience
3:00 pm Adjourn   Safe Travels Home

Scheduled Speakers (in alphabetical order, subject to change).

Catherine Albin, PhD, MD
Regional PICU Director , Kaiser Permanente Northern California
Kenneth Alexander
Vice President, Louisiana Hospital Association
Nancy Brundage, RN, BSN
Director of Quality & Training, VPS
Christopher Cubley
Director of Software Engineering, VPS
Jennifer Daufeldt, RN
Cardiac Program Coordinator / Quality Analyst, VPS
Mary Fallat, MD
Surgeon-in-Chief, Kosair Children's Hospital
Chrys Fields, RNC-NIC, BSN
Clinical Data Specialist, Outcomes & Quality Measurement, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Heidi Flori MD, FAAP
Medical Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland
Katy Flynn-O'Brien, MD
Harborview Injury Research and Prevention Fellow, University of Washington
Jane Folena, RN, BSN
Data Collector, Kaiser Permanente (Santa Clara Medical Center)
Michael Forbes, MD, FAAP
Director, PICU Clinical Research & Outcomes Analysis, Akron Children's Hospital
Maria Galletto, RN, BSN
Site Coordinator, Kaiser Permanente (Santa Clara Medical Center)
Punkaj Gupta, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Arkansas Children's Hospital
Emilie Henry, MD
Asst. Professor of Pediatrics, Critical Care Medicine, Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center
Howard Jeffries, MD, MBA
Clinical Advisor, VPS; Medical Director, Seattle Children’s Hospital
Alex Kaminski
Sr. Software Engineer, VPS
Aaron Katch
Biostatistician, VPS
Curtis Kennedy, MD, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital
Sherri Kubis, RN, BSN, CCRN
Critical Care Center for Evidence and Outcomes, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Irina Kukuyeva, Ph.D.
Sr. Biostatistician, VPS
Casey Lauer
Program Manager, VPS
Jaime LaVelle, RN, BSN
Data Collector, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Children’s Hospital Colorado
Barry Markovitz, MD, MPH
Director, Critical Care Medicine, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Theresa Mikhailov, MD, Ph.D.
Clinical Advisor, VPS; Ass. Professor of Pediatrics, Critical Care Medical College of Wisconsin
Katie Nielsen, BSN, RN, CPN
Comparative Database Outcomes Coordinator, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center (Omaha)
Justi O’Flynn
Data System Analyst, Kosair Children’s Hospital
Kimberley Pearson, RN, MPH
VPS Clinical Data Coordinator, University of Minnesota Children's Hospital
Jose Pineda, MD
Pediatric Critical Care / PICU, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Brian Reisner, MBA
Executive Director, VPS
Tom Rice, MD
Chief Medical Officer, VPS; VPS Board Member
RoxAnne Dent
Data Analyst II, VPS
Ramesh Sachdeva, MD, Ph.D., F.A.A.P., F.C.C.M.
Chief Science Officer, VPS; Associate Executive Director, American Academy of Pediatrics
Ashley Sweeney, RN, BA
Clinical Data Specialist, Outcomes & Quality Measurement, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Danielle Traynor, RN
Senior Clinical Data Analyst, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Sheila Veuleman, RN, BSN
Quality Analyst II, VPS
Randall Wetzel, MD, MBA
Chief Executive Officer, VPS; VPS Board Member
Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
M’Liss White, RN
Clinical Data Specialist, Outcomes & Quality Measurement, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta


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