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NIH Harnesses AI for COVID-19 Diagnosis, Treatment, and Monitoring

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched the new Medical Imaging and Data Resource Center,  a large-scale collaboration to develop and implement new AI-assisted diagnostic imaging tools, including new options for early detection and personalized medicine to assess and help clinicians treat COVID-19 patients.

Accelerating Clinical Care and Research through Use of the United States Core Data for Interoperability 

Following the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)'s recently published final rules on health care IT interoperability, the NIH published a notice encouraging adoption of United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI), a standardized set of healthcare data classes, data elements, and vocabulary. The USCDI standards contribute to the NIH's goal to ensure data are findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable. 

Perspectives

Integrating Personalized Medicine with Population Health Management

This Viewpoint from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) offers considerations for health care organizations who assume care for populations as they implement aspects of personalized and genomic medicine. Research, cost management, the development of evidence-based guidelines, and the establishment of strategic priorities are important steps to maximize the benefits of new genomic technologies, while minimizing potential harms.

Using Telemedicine to Make Accurate, Timely Diagnoses: What We Still Need to Learn

AHRQViews Blog examines the strengths and potential pitfalls, as well as the gaps in evidence that remain to successfully implement accurate and safe telemedicine. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released an issue brief outlining these issues in detail, including the potential effects of telemedicine adoption on existing health and health care disparities.

Electronic Health Record Optimization and Clinician Well-Being: A Potential Roadmap Toward Action

This discussion paper published by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) outlines a framework of potential strategies for mitigating the impact of electronic health records (EHRs) on clinician stress and well-being. The framework includes changes to EHRs themselves as well as modifications to EHR user behaviors, implementation, and training to reduce the burden of "death by a thousand clicks."

Literature

Evaluation of Cancer Registry Data for Comparative Effectiveness Research

This paper published in JAMA Network Open compared data on outcomes for cancer patients across clinical trials and the National Cancer Database. The study found that " comparative effectiveness research using the National Cancer Database often produces results discordant with randomized clinical trials." The findings may help interpret the results of comparative effectiveness research performed using the registry data. 

Get Involved

RFI: Strategic Opportunities and Challenges for the NLM

Oct. 19 -- Deadline to submit a response to this Request for Information (RFI) from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The RFI requests input from all stakeholders and the general public regarding "major opportunities or challenges relevant to the NLM mission that have arisen or become more important in the last five years and that have implications for the future of NLM."

Call for Papers: Patient and Veteran Engagement in Healthcare Research

Feb. 5, 2021 -- Deadline to submit a manuscript for an upcoming special supplement to the Journal of General Internal Medicine to focus on the engagement of veteran communities and other stakeholders in research. Original research, perspectives, reviews, and narratives are encouraged. The call is sponsored by the Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Service and PCORI, though funding from either of these institutions is not required for publication.

Virtual Learning Hour Special Series: Psychological Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

This recorded webinar from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement presents a set of "psychological PPE" for front line healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including personal and organizational strategies to support workers' mental health and wellbeing.

PCORI Research Fundamentals: Preparing You to Successfully Contribute to Research

PCORI has released a new self-paced comprehensive training module that aims to help learners and new researchers acquire the fundamental skills and methods for participating in patient-centered research. The training is no-cost and entirely online.

NAM Leadership Consortium: Evidence Mobilization Action Collaborative Summer Webinar

In case you missed it, a video recording of the NAM Leadership Consortium's Evidence Mobilization Action Collaborative Summer Webinar is now available. The session discussed the rapidly changing landscape of evidence generated during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how learning health systems are responding to disseminate and incorporate new knowledge.

Advocacy

The Way Forward on COVID-19: New AAMC Guidance

As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, the AAMC has published A Road Map to Reset the Nation's Approach to the Pandemic and Consensus Guidance on Face Coverings, new immediate and long-term, evidence-based guidance on national action needed to effectively respond to the public health crisis. The AAMC will continue to provide additional guidance, updated actions, and more from our experts as they are developed. 

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