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Using Data to Support Better Health Care: One Infrastructure with Many Uses

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The United States will spend $2.4 trillion on health care this year, yet there is no system in place to efficiently evaluate the quality, effectiveness, and safety of the care that is delivered. In fact, less than 0.1 percent of health care spending is dedicated to developing evidence on what works best. New investments in health information technology, quality measurement and reporting, medical product safety surveillance, and comparative effectiveness research have the potential to move toward a nationwide data infrastructure — a true “learning health care system.”

On December 2, the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings hosted a forum to outline a vision and practical next steps toward a health information infrastructure that could quickly and efficiently generate evidence for health care decision-makers. Distinguished speakers joined Mark McClellan, director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, to discuss specific needs in building this infrastructure, offering insights from projects in the private sector and perspectives on the federal role in this effort.

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Introduction: A Conceptual Framework for Learning from the Delivery of Health Care

Moderator: Proof of Concept Panel

Proof of Concept Panel: Learning from Health Care Databases


Allen Dobson

President, North Carolina Community Care Network


Richard Platt

Professor and Chair, Department of Population Medicine - Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute

Moderator: Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion: The HHS Role in Creating a Learning Health Care System


Janet Woodcock

Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - US Food and Drug Administration

Summary and Next Steps

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