IOM Releases New Synopsis on Data Harmonization for Patient-Centered Clinical Research

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For those interested in quickly grasping some key issues related to the important topic of how data can be better used to advance clinically relevant research, I am pleased to alert you to the release of a synopsis from the October 31- November 1, 2013 IOM/PCORI Workshop on Data Harmonization for Patient-Centered Clinical Research.

This brief document summarizes the major themes from presentations and discussions that took place during the workshop, convened by the IOM’s Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care, addressing issues and approaches to inter-network data harmonization in the context of the establishment of a National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network by PCORI.

The workshop brought together experts in the areas of informatics, clinical research, patient data networks, and research data networks to reflect on past efforts and current state-of-the-art approaches to data harmonization; help identify barriers and challenges; share best practices; and identify options for progress in accelerating data interoperability among PCORnet awardees and between awardees and existing national data sharing activities.

I think you will find this report interesting.