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November 2016

From the ROCC Desk

Member Spotlight on Elizabeth Crabtree, MPH, PhD (c)
Elizabeth Crabtree is the Director of Clinical Integration and Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), where she serves as faculty in the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology and as an investigator in the AHRQ-funded Pacific Northwest EBP Center. Elizabeth provides leadership in the areas of strategic planning, strategy execution, and implementation of clinical integration for OHSU Healthcare. Her goal is to integrate efforts at OHSU, the Pacific Northwest EBP Center, and OHSU Partners-affiliated health systems to evaluate and implement evidence-based practices at a system level to promote the delivery of value-based care. Download Dr. Crabtree’s ROCC Star Profile.

Advocacy Corner

21st Century Cures Bill Released
House will vote Wednesday on $6.3 billion game-changing medical innovation package, including new research funding, mental health reforms, state grants to fight opioid abuse. Read more...

In the News

NIH creates cloud services marketplace for researchers
A pilot program is letting biomedical investigators get better access to data and computing via cloud services vendors vetted by the National Institutes of Health. Read more…


Measuring what matters in science
We have come to judge success by the number of grant dollars we secure, not by the knowledge that is created. Read more…

What does it take to be a leader in precision medicine?
Implementing precision medicine will require health systems to decide what precision medicine will look like for them. There is no standard approach. But there is a need in all cases for innovative leadership. Read more…

Patients Increasingly Influence The Direction Of Medical Research 
Patients and their advocates are getting an ever-larger voice in how medical research is carried out. They participate in the design of experiments and have a greater say in what outcomes they care about most — and it's not always simply living longer. Read more…

Achieving the Triple Aim Through Disruptive Innovations in Self-care
This Viewpoint discusses self-administered outpatient intravenous antibiotic treatment as an example of a health care delivery innovation that improves the patient experience of health care, improves outcomes, and reduces costs. Read more…

Pharmaceuticals and Public Health
An argument for a shift in pharmaceutical pricing from an individual- to a population-based perspective and proposes policy options to incentivize pricing that would make treating populations with disease sustainable. Read more…

Peer-review 'heroes' do lion's share of the work
Imbalance exists even though supply of reviewers outstrips demand, study suggests. Read more…

Statins for Primary Prevention: The Debate Is Intense, but the Data Are Weak
In deciding on any therapy, it is important to understand the risks and benefits, particularly for healthy people. It is incumbent on clinicians to be sure that before recommending that a patient take a daily pill that has multiple adverse effects, there is evidence that the medication will lead to a better quality of life, longer life, or both. Such evidence is lacking for statins in primary prevention.  Read more…


Effect of Inpatient Palliative Care on Quality of Life 2 Weeks After Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Among patients with hematologic malignancies undergoing HCT, involvement of palliative care, compared with transplant care alone, led to a smaller decrease in quality of life at 2 weeks after transplantation. Read more…

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NIH seeks public comments on data management and sharing strategies and priorities in order to consider: (1) how digital scientific data generated from NIH-funded research should be managed, and to the fullest extent possible, made publicly available; and, (2) how to set standards for citing shared data and software.

PCORI Board of Governors Meeting
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 12-1:30 p.m. The Board of Governors is expected to consider approval of more than a dozen new research funding awards.

Leadership and Management Foundations for Academic Medicine and Science Seminar
The AAMC’s Leadership and Management Foundations for Academic Medicine and Science (formerly, Executive Development Seminar for Aspiring Leaders) will be held at the AAMC’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C. from Wednesday, March 1, 2017 through Friday, March 3, 2017.

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