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Member Spotlight Featuring Ken Kawamoto

This month's member spotlight features Kensaku Kawamoto, MD, PhD, MHS, FACMI, Associate Chief Medical Information Officer for University of Utah Health and Vice Chair of Clinical Informatics for the University of Utah Department of Biomedical Informatics. At the University, Dr. Kawamoto chairs the Clinical Decision Support committee and is a leader of the University's Interoperable Apps and Services (IAPPS) initiative, which is a multi-stakeholder effort to enable standards-based, interoperable applications and software services to improve health and health care. Visit the ROCC Member Spotlight page to learn more about Dr. Kawamoto's work and view his ROCC Star Profile .

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NEWS

NIH Creates Chief Data Strategist Position
NIH posted a new executive position for Chief Data Strategist to lead the newly-formed Office of Data Science Strategy and who will report to the NIH Director. The NIH specified that applicants should have "expertise and investments in computational biology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, information science, medical informatics, and quantitative biology." Read More

OHRP and FDA Publish Final Guidance on IRBs
The Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published final joint guidance on Institutional Review Board (IRB) Written Procedures: Guidance for Institutions and IRBs to "assist staff at institutions and IRBs who are responsible for preparing and maintaining written procedures." Read More

Nature Selects New Editor
Geneticist Magdalena Skipper, PhD, current editor of the open-access journal Nature Communications, was selected as the first woman editor-in-chief of Nature. Read More

New Cancer Treatments Lie Hidden Unver Mountains of Paperwork
This New York Times article describes Dana Farber Cancer Institute oncologist (and Harvard Medical School assistant professor) Dr. Nikhil Wagle’s vision to build a database linking cancer patients’ genetic information to their medical records, and the challenges his team experienced in accessing clinical data from electronic health records. The article quotes the Director of the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Ned Sharpless. “Data are trapped,” he said. “This is a huge problem. It is phenomenally important.” Read More

PERSPECTIVES

The Risks to Patient Safety from Health System Expansions
In this JAMA viewpoint, authors describe three types of safety risks related to health system mergers, acquisitions, and affiliations, and discuss how institutions must plan for and monitor these risks. Read More

The Issues that Keep Us Awake at Night
Mike Lauer, MD, and Francis Collins, MD, PhD, posted an Open Mike blog post about the Next Generation Researchers Initiative and the recently-released National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report on the subject. Read More

LITERATURE

Precision Medicine Focus in May Issue of Health Affairs
The issue contains several interesting articles, including: “Data Sharing for Precision Medicine: Policy Lessons and Future Directions”; “Strategies for Clinical Implementation: Clinical Oncology at Three Distinct Institutions”; and “Patient-Centered Precision Health in A Learning Health Care System: Geisinger’s Genomic Medicine Experience. Read More

ADVOCACY CORNER

AAMC Statement on Introduction of Legislation Supporting New Residency Positions to Combat Opioid Epidemic
On May 15, 2018, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement supporting the introduction of the “Opioid Workforce Act of 2018” in both the House and Senate. Read Statement

AAMC Testifies Before House VA Panel Regarding VA Research Partnerships
Paul Klotman, MD, president, chief executive officer, and executive dean of the Baylor College of Medicine, testified at a May 17 joint hearing of the House Veterans Affairs (VA) Subcommittee on Health and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations entitled “VA Research: Focusing on Funding, Findings, and Partnerships.” Dr. Klotman highlighted the benefits, value, and innovations that result from VA research collaborations with medical schools as well as academic affiliations broadly. Read More

PCORI Board of Governors Approves $94 Million in New Funding
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors met April 30 and approved $74 million in funding for nine research projects on comparative effectiveness research (CER) topics, as well as $20 million to support four studies that will use PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network. Read More

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