For Referring Providers
Partners in the Care of Your Patient
Vanderbilt University Medical Center assists our peers across the region and throughout the nation with complex cases and specialty care. We strive to be a partner to those who refer us their patients. We have physician liaisons and integrated technology platforms that allow us to seamlessly collaborate on a patient’s care and ensure that our referring providers – and their patients – have easy access to a range of services and support they need to advance the health of their communities.
Browse our referral directory or log into our online portal for referring providers:
Physician Outreach and Connections
Our physician liaisons in Physician Outreach and Connections provide support and information to referring physicians and other health care providers. They facilitate the admissions and referrals process, and provide Continuing Medical Education programs as a courtesy to physician groups and hospital staff throughout the region.
Vanderbilt Health Connect
Online portal for referring clinicians
Vanderbilt Health Connect delivers real-time access to clinical data for your adult and pediatric patients who are seen at Vanderbilt. The service is available to community physicians and advanced practice professionals, clinical staff members and non-clinical office staff.
- Make referrals and submit orders for select imaging and laboratory tests.
- Receive notifications regarding your patients’ outpatient appointments, ED visits and admissions.
- Easily communicate with your patients’ Vanderbilt care team.
Both the online portal and mobile app require a Site Agreement.
Ambra Image Share: a faster way to send images
Vanderbilt University Medical Center providers across most adult clinical lines now use Image Share to receive patients’ images.
Image Share is a secure, HIPAA-compliant cloud-based tool that lets referring providers upload diagnostic imaging files quickly and easily. Vanderbilt specialists download images from Image Share and read them through eStar, our electronic medical records system.
This means referring physicians – or their patients – no longer need to burn images to a CD and mail, ship or carry the CD to Vanderbilt. Our specialists receive images within minutes, sometimes in the course of a real-time patient appointment.
This provides several advantages for referring providers and their patients:
- Faster file sharing means faster decision-making about a patient’s treatment.
- Reduces the need for repetitive imaging tests.
- Avoids the cost, delay and potential damage to files that can occur when shipping CDs.
- Image Share works seamlessly with Vanderbilt systems, such as eStar and Sectra, avoiding potential incompatibility with CDs.
- Patients may also upload images directly to Vanderbilt.
Referring providers do not need special technology or equipment to use Image Share; all that’s needed is an internet connection. Each Vanderbilt service line program provides its own Image Share link for sending files.
Visit the physician referral directory to find the specialty to which you are referring and follow instructions for sharing medical image files. Referring providers will first need to create an Ambra account once on the site.