PCORI Should Consider Health IT In Setting Research Priorities – Board’s Weisman
As the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute begins determining its national priorities and research agenda, one board of governors member, Johnson & Johnson executive Harlan Weisman, is stressing the importance of including health information technology in that process.
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Committee conducts interviews with 33 stakeholders, which reveal gaps and needs, as well as potential areas where Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute can help bridge research with electronic sources of data.