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News and Updates - July 2019

From the ROCC Desk

Recording Now Available: Amplifying the Impact of Partnerships: A Framework for Researchers

The June 13 ROCC webinar featured “Amplifying the Impact of Partnerships”, a framework the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation developed in collaboration with Oliver Wyman to help researchers identify effective and strategic partnerships. Presenters guided researchers in ways they can engage individuals and organizations to achieve greater impact.


The AAMC’s President/CEO Dr. Kirch Retires after 13 Years and the AAMC Welcomes Dr. Skorton as New President/CEO
July 15 marked the first day of Dr. David J. Skorton’s tenure as the AAMC’s fifth President and CEO. Dr. Skorton most recently served as the Secretary of the Smithsonian.

In his final column for AAMCNews, Dr. Darrell G. Kirch reflects on “some of the universal professional touchstones I gleaned from having had the remarkable privilege of visiting students and faculty at every AAMC-member school” during his 13 year tenure.

New Genomic Data Sharing Initiative from NHGRI
The NIH announced a new data repository issued by the National Human Genome Research Institute. Researches will apply through the NIH portal for access to store, share, and analyze the cloud-based genomic datasets, phenotypic data, and metadata collected through NHGRI funding and support. The NHGRI Genomic Data Science Analysis, Visualization, and Informatics Labspace (AnVIL) is part of the genomic data commons emerging within and outside the NIH.

AHRQ Network of Patient Safety Databases
The first of its kind, this publicly available online resource captures deidentified patient safety events from AHRQ-listed Patient Safety Organizations. The goal of the initiative is to produce data reporting tools for providers to reduce safety risks and near miss events across health care systems.


AI and Healthcare: Will the Value Match the Hype?
A perspective from JAMA Network explores how artificial intelligence implementation is limited by the slower pace of institutional culture and human behavioral changes. “Designing and implementing effector arms that induce meaningful behavior change will be the key to AI moving from the hype stage to one in which is it contributing to meaningful improvements in health and health care.”

“Establishing Education and Training for the Young Field of Translational Science”
NCATS Director Christopher P. Austin, MD, makes the case for investment in training the first generation of translational scientists, and outlines the work that NCATS is doing towards that goal to develop potential trainees and establish the criteria that make an excellent translational scientist.


Physician Burnout Linked to Algorithmically-Generated EHR Messages
From Health Affairs: a new study links the volume and sources of EHR in-basket messages to physician well-being. “Receiving more than the average number of system-generated in-basket messages was associated with 40 percent higher probability of burnout and 38 percent higher probability of intending to reduce clinical work time.” The authors call for meaningful redesign of EHR messaging workflows.

Eric J. Rubin, MD, PhD, Named Editor-in-Chief of NEJM
Author of 147 scientific articles and chair of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Rubin assumes his new role at the New England Journal of Medicine in September.


The AAMC Supports PCORI Reauthorization
In a recent commentary letter on the Ways and Means Health Care Package, the AAMC urged Congress to approve a seven-year reauthorization of PCORI to ensure its funding and structural stability. Additionally, in a July 11 letter submitted to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, the AAMC praised the Subcommittee for its acknowledgment of the need to continue PCORI’s important work, but is “concerned that the legislation under consideration by the Subcommittee only would extend funding for the institute’s work for three years.”

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