The Sentinel System is a state of the art active surveillance system relying on a distributed data network to rapidly scale analysis of health care data collected from over 178 million patients nationwide. Sentinel is an important safety surveillance tool used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and its underlying distributed data infrastructure is increasingly being recognized to have the potential to support the needs of diverse stakeholders including other public health agencies, health systems, regulated industry, and the clinical research enterprise. Despite Sentinel’s importance in safety surveillance, patients are largely unaware of Sentinel’s public health mission and commitment to protecting patient privacy. Therefore, it is both timely and critical to identify opportunities to raise awareness and build trust for Sentinel safety surveillance among patients, consumers, and the general public.
On June 23, the Center for Health Policy at Brookings, in collaboration with the FDA, hosted an expert workshop to discuss opportunities to raise awareness of the Sentinel System through improved communication to patients and consumers. Participants, including Sentinel Data Partners, patient focused organizations (e.g., consumer advocacy groups), experts in patient privacy, ethics, and health literacy, and representatives from the FDA explored possible opportunities where each stakeholder might be uniquely positioned to engage with patients, and how these communications could be designed and delivered effectively. Discussions from this workshop resulted in recommendations including a set of guiding principles, potential tools, and strategies to improve awareness of the Sentinel System, but more broadly, safety surveillance activities led by the FDA.
Staff Vice President, Member Engagement & Communications - Anthem Inc.
Senior Director, Marketing Program Innovation, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. - Kaiser Permanente
Vice President and Chief Patient Experience Officer - Hospital Corporation of America
Director of Patient Engagement - Duke Clinical and Translational Science Award
Segment Vice President and President, Integrated Care Delivery, MSO JV Oversight - Humana
Vice President, Consumer Office - UnitedHealthcare
Professor of Law and George Butler Research Professor; Director, Center on Biotechnology & Law - University of Houston Law Center
Patient Engagement Representative for Sentinel; Planning Board Member, Mini-Sentinel - Patient Representative, Duke Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative
Vice President for Advocacy, Policy and Patient Safety - PatientsLikeMe
Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs - National Health Council
Senior Manager and Healthcare and Consumer Advisory Service - Ernst and Young
Associate Professor of Medicine - Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College
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