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October 2016

From the ROCC Desk

Did you miss it? An opinion piece from ROCC Star Yoshimi Anzai, MD, MPH
Dr. Anzai is the Associate Chief Medical Quality Officer and a Professor of Radiology at University of Utah Health Sciences. In this month’s Member Spotlight, she shares more information about Utah’s AAMC Learning Health System Research Award winning project on Value Driven Outcomes (VDOs). See more in her opinion piece Value Driven Outcomes – Data Analytics to Drive Value of Care, her recent publication in JAMA Implementation of a Value-Driven Outcomes Program to Identify High Variability in Clinical Costs and Outcomes and Association with Reduced Cost and Improved Quality, and the accompanied editorial piece From Volume to Value in Health Care – The Work Begins.
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Advocacy Corner

AAMC, Health Organizations Urge Full Funding for AHRQ
A total of 168 organizations and institutions, including the AAMC, joined letters urging House and Senate Appropriations leadership to maintain at least $334 milling in budget authority for AHRQ in FY2017. Read More...

In the News

NEJM releases campaign: The Changing Face of Clinical Trials
A collection of articles that examine the current challenges in the design, performance, and interpretation of clinical trials. Read more…

NIH nearly doubles investment in BRAIN initiative research
The NIH notes that its total 2016 investment is more than $150 million, with more than 70 new awards going to 170 investigators at 60 institutions. Read more…

National Academy of Medicine elects 79 new members
Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Read more…

Biden’s final ‘cancer moonshot’ report outlines progress and hurdles
Vice President Biden is expected to tell President Obama on Monday that the administration’s “cancer moonshot” effort infused new urgency in the fight against the disease but that formidable challenges remain, including a lack of coordination among researchers, an “antiquated” funding culture and unacceptably slow dissemination of important information about new treatments. Read more…

FDA Gets Pushback on Move to Regulate Lab Developed Tests
Pathologists insist there is no problem with current system. Director of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health Jeff Shuren, MD asked: “You care if that drug works, but why wouldn't you care if the test that determines whether or not you're going to get that drug also works?” Read more…

Science group seeks to guide Silicon Valley philanthropists
Uncertain government funding drives efforts to beef up private support for research. The alliance is made up of philanthropic organizations that encourage funding in basic research and advise other philanthropists — especially new ones — on how to go about it. Read more…


Keep negativity out of politics. We need more of it in journals
The American Journal of Gastroenterology, a well-regarded publication for the specialty, will be devoting its entire November issue to “negative” results. Read more…

Predicting the Future – Big Data, Machine Learning, and Clinical Medicine
By now, it’s almost old news: big data will transform medicine. It’s essential to remember, however, that data by themselves are useless. To be useful, data must be analyzed, interpreted, and acted on. Thus, it is algorithms — not data sets — that will prove transformative. Read more…

Reviews of Medical Studies May Be Tainted by Funders’ Influence
NBR looks at meta-analyses and systemic reviews of medical studies and the influence commercial interests may have on them. Read more…

The Ethics and Etiquette of Research Collaboration
While there are numerous perks to collaboration, most researchers have also had to learn how to navigate the challenges of working in teams. The dilemmas HPE scholars face often stem from negotiating the ethics and etiquette of collaborative research. We explore ethical and etiquette considerations in two collaborative situations that HPE researchers commonly encounter. Read more…

She’s calling for a health care revolution. The radical first step: listen to patients
“That’s the holy grail for me,” said Dr. Vivian Lee, chief executive of the University of Utah Health Care system, a network of four hospitals, a cancer institute, and 10 neighborhood clinics. “Now we’re really going to start to define value in terms that matter to the patients.” Read more…


Using Stakeholder Engagement to Develop a Patient-Centered Pediatric Asthma Intervention
Stakeholder engagement has the potential to develop research interventions which are responsive to patient and provider preferences. This approach contrasts with traditional models of clinical research, in which researchers determine the study's design. Read more…

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AAMC Seeks Applications for Institutions to Participate in a Multiyear Series of Meetings
AAMC Releases RFA Building a Systems Approach to Community Health and Health Equity for Academic Medical Centers. Read more…

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