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News and Updates - February 2019

From the ROCC Desk

Using Clinical Decision Support to Move Evidence into Practice

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) oversees initiatives to improve the quality of care through clinical decision support (CDS). On February 27th, join AAMC and AcademyHealth for a webinar featuring AHRQ’s CDS Connect. Dr. Edwin Lomotan, Medical Officer and Chief of Clinical Informatics for the Health IT Division in the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement at AHRQ will describe how the CDS Connect Repository is advancing evidence-based care into practice. He will present findings from the project’s first use cases, identify CDS-related funding opportunities available through AHRQ, and highlight ways stakeholders can contribute to CDS Connect.


Examining the Impact of Real-World Evidence on Medical Product Development
This National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine publication summarizes the discussion of a workshop series designed to “examine the current system of evidence generation and its limitations, to identify when and why RWE may be an appropriate type of evidence on which to base decisions, to learn from successful initiatives that have incorporated RWE, and to describe barriers that prevent RWE from being used to its full potential.”

Science: The First Interview with Trump's New Science Adviser
Jeffrey Mervis for Science interviewed the White House science adviser Kelvin Droegemeier, PhD, who officially started in his new role in mid-January.


Modernizing Clinical Trials for Patients with Cancer
In this JAMA viewpoint, National Cancer Institute (NCI) Director Norman E. Sharpless, MD, and NCI colleague James H. Doroshow, MD, describe the specific strategies that NCI has adopted to “overcome barriers impeding the execution of clinical trials.”

Medical Misinformation: Vet the Message!
This editorial was authored by editors of leading cardiovascular journals “in an effort to stop the dissemination of medical misinformation on social media.”


Advancing Women in Science, Medicine, and Global Health
The theme of the Feb. 9th issue of The Lancet “lays out robust evidence to inform an action plan for institutional leaders to confront gender bias, improve diversity and inclusivity, and drive change.”


Interoperability and Health IT Updates
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a Request for Information: Action on Interoperability of Medical Devices, Data, and Platforms to Enhance Patient Care. NSF is seeking “new approaches from industry, academia, and non-governmental organizations, to solve the interoperability issues between medical devices, data, and platforms.” Comments are due by March 15.

In related news, ONC and CMS proposed rules regarding interoperability, information blocking, and the certification program.

Also, the AAMC submitted comments to ONC on the draft Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health Information Technology (HIT) and Electronic Health Records (EHRs).

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