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What is the Vermont Oxford Network?

Vermont Oxford Network

The Vermont Oxford Network (VON) is a non-profit voluntary collaboration of health care professionals dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical care for newborn infants and their families. Established in 1988, the Network is today comprised of over 900 Neonatal Intensive Care Units around the world.

In support of its mission, the Network maintains a Database including information about the care and outcomes of high-risk newborn infants. The Database provides unique, reliable and confidential data to participating units for use in quality management, process improvement, internal audit and peer review.

Health care professionals from member institutions participate actively in clinical trials, long-term follow-up studies and epidemiologic and outcomes research. Members also have the option of participating in the Network's NIC/Q and iNICQ Quality Improvement Collaboratives for Neonatology consisting of multidisciplinary improvement teams working together to identify and implement better practices aimed at achieving measurable improvements in quality and safety.

The Network disseminates the results of its work in Network publications, scientific articles in peer reviewed medical journals and this web site. The Network also sponsors an Annual Meeting for individuals from member institutions and an Annual Quality Congress for Neonatology open by registration to all interested health professionals.

This web site is intended to provide information regarding the Network's activities to members, prospective members and the interested public.

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VON Database

At the heart of what we do lies the VON database, which maintains data on very low birth weight babies, as well as certain additional infants meeting our eligibility requirements.

More than a simple data repository, VON serves as a neutral, independent party in analyzing data for our member centers. The Database is used to provide comprehensive, confidential reports to participating hospitals, which serve as the foundation for local quality improvement projects, internal audit, and peer review. The Database also provides information for use in outcomes research.

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Quality Improvement Collaboratives

VON members have the option to participate in our NIC/Q and iNICQ quality improvement collaboratives. Our NIC/Q program allows for more intensive, face-to-face collaboration while our iNICQ program allows centers to participate with others over the internet via web-based conferences.

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Our Members

Founded in 1988 by Jerold F. Lucey, M.D. and developed in collaboration with Jeffrey D. Horbar, M.D. and Roger F. Soll, M.D., we now have over 900 member centers in the Network and collect data on over 50,000 infants in a year. Since 1990, we have added over 1 million infants to our database.

Working across borders, we are also proud to collaborate with over 250 member centers in Canada, Europe, Asia, the Pacific Rim, the Middle East, South America, and Africa.

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Principles for Accepting Commercial Support
The Vermont Oxford Network has adopted formal guidelines for the acceptance of commercial support. These guidelines are outlined in the following document, Principles for Accepting Commercial Support

Policy and Guidelines for Collaborative Research with the Vermont Oxford Network Database
The Vermont Oxford Network has approved policy and guidelines which govern access to the data in the VON databases for research.

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