Notice of an Upcoming Challenge Competition, 60998 [2017-27663]

Download as PDF 60998 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 246 / Tuesday, December 26, 2017 / Notices (T32) ’’ AHRQ RFA–HS17–011, National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant (T32).’’ A SEP is a group of experts in fields related to health care research who are invited by AHRQ, and agree to be available on an as needed basis, to conduct scientific reviews of applications for AHRQ support. Individual members of the Panel do not attend regularly scheduled meetings and do not serve for fixed terms or a long period of time. Rather, they are asked to participate in particular review meetings which require their type of expertise. Each SEP meeting will commence in open session before closing to the public for the duration of the meeting. The SEP meeting referenced above will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in 5 U.S.C. App. 2, section 10(d), 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(4), and 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(6). Grant applications for the AHRQ RFA–HS17–011, ‘‘National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant (T32),’’ are to be reviewed and discussed at this meeting. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Janey Hsiao, Health Scientist Administrator, Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop 06E73A, Rockville, Maryland, 20857, Email: Janey.hsiao@ahrq.hhs.gov, Phone: (301) 427–1335. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background The patient’s perspective is central to healthcare decisions affecting prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and long-term care. Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) critically inform patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and can inform clinical management of individuals, shared decision making, patient selfmanagement support, care planning, goal setting and goal attainment. PROs offer a complementary perspective to that of clinician assessments, and may provide greater insights into health status, function, symptom burden, adherence, health behaviors, and quality of life. However, standardized tools that collect PRO data in a way that is meaningful and useful to both patients and clinicians in primary care and ambulatory settings are not widely available. The limited inclusion of PRO data in electronic health records (EHRs) and other health information technology (IT) solutions reduces the understanding and use of the patient’s perspective in research and clinical care. Further, while some EHRs are currently able to capture some structured PRO data, including many of the NIH-funded Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System® (PROMIS®) instruments, this information is not commonly collected in routine care. Thus, these data are often not available for both clinical care and research. Moreover, standards do not exist for collecting and integrating PRO data into health IT systems, thereby limiting the ability to easily share these data across health systems for research or other purposes including quality improvement. This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to conduct a Challenge Competition in Fall 2018 to develop user-friendly technical tools to collect and integrate patientreported outcome data in electronic health records or other health information technology products. Proposed Project To fill these gaps, AHRQ intends to support the development of userfriendly, PRO-collection tools that utilize health IT standards, including application programming interfaces (APIs) to collect physical function data in ambulatory care settings (including primary care). Data element and data capture standards would allow for PRO assessments to be conducted and easily shared regardless of what EHR or health Dated: December 19, 2017. Gopal Khanna, Director. [FR Doc. 2017–27664 Filed 12–22–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Notice of an Upcoming Challenge Competition Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Department of Health and Human Services. ACTION: Notice. ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:21 Dec 22, 2017 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 IT solution is being used. It would also allow for consistency in interpretation, and clarify the meaning of results for patient-provider communication and shared decision-making. The development of user-friendly, PRO-collection tools will be conducted though a multi-phase Challenge Competition in Fall 2018. The statutory authority for this challenge competition is Section 105 of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010. Only the winners from each phase can move on to the next phase so the participant pool becomes more limited throughout the competition. Developers will be asked to create tools based on implementation specifications provided by AHRQ. The tools should enable patients to share their physical function data with clinicians and researchers. AHRQ will convene a panel to judge the Challenge Competition. The judges of the Challenge Competition will evaluate the resulting submissions for adhering to the implementation specifications set forth in the Challenge Competition. AHRQ will manage the Challenge Competition including developing the concept, designing prizes, drafting the Federal Register Notice, setting up the Challenge website, answering questions from developers, and giving prizes to winners. The Challenge Competition will be conducted by AHRQ in furtherance of the Secretary’s authority to develop interoperable data networks that can link data from multiple sources, including electronic health records. 42 U.S.C. 299b–37(f). Dated: December 19, 2017. Gopal Khanna, Director. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 246 (Tuesday, December 26, 2017)]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Notice of an Upcoming Challenge Competition

AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Department 
of Health and Human Services.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for 
Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to conduct a Challenge 
Competition in Fall 2018 to develop user-friendly technical tools to 
collect and integrate patient-reported outcome data in electronic 
health records or other health information technology products.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Janey Hsiao, Health Scientist 
Administrator, Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement, Agency for 
Healthcare Research and Quality, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop 06E73A, 
Rockville, Maryland, 20857, Email: [email protected], Phone: 
(301) 427-1335.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    The patient's perspective is central to healthcare decisions 
affecting prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and long-term care. 
Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) critically inform patient-centered 
outcomes research (PCOR) and can inform clinical management of 
individuals, shared decision making, patient self-management support, 
care planning, goal setting and goal attainment. PROs offer a 
complementary perspective to that of clinician assessments, and may 
provide greater insights into health status, function, symptom burden, 
adherence, health behaviors, and quality of life. However, standardized 
tools that collect PRO data in a way that is meaningful and useful to 
both patients and clinicians in primary care and ambulatory settings 
are not widely available.
    The limited inclusion of PRO data in electronic health records 
(EHRs) and other health information technology (IT) solutions reduces 
the understanding and use of the patient's perspective in research and 
clinical care. Further, while some EHRs are currently able to capture 
some structured PRO data, including many of the NIH-funded Patient 
Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System[supreg] 
(PROMIS[supreg]) instruments, this information is not commonly 
collected in routine care. Thus, these data are often not available for 
both clinical care and research. Moreover, standards do not exist for 
collecting and integrating PRO data into health IT systems, thereby 
limiting the ability to easily share these data across health systems 
for research or other purposes including quality improvement.

Proposed Project

    To fill these gaps, AHRQ intends to support the development of 
user-friendly, PRO-collection tools that utilize health IT standards, 
including application programming interfaces (APIs) to collect physical 
function data in ambulatory care settings (including primary care). 
Data element and data capture standards would allow for PRO assessments 
to be conducted and easily shared regardless of what EHR or health IT 
solution is being used. It would also allow for consistency in 
interpretation, and clarify the meaning of results for patient-provider 
communication and shared decision-making.
    The development of user-friendly, PRO-collection tools will be 
conducted though a multi-phase Challenge Competition in Fall 2018. The 
statutory authority for this challenge competition is Section 105 of 
the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010. Only the winners from 
each phase can move on to the next phase so the participant pool 
becomes more limited throughout the competition. Developers will be 
asked to create tools based on implementation specifications provided 
by AHRQ. The tools should enable patients to share their physical 
function data with clinicians and researchers. AHRQ will convene a 
panel to judge the Challenge Competition. The judges of the Challenge 
Competition will evaluate the resulting submissions for adhering to the 
implementation specifications set forth in the Challenge Competition.
    AHRQ will manage the Challenge Competition including developing the 
concept, designing prizes, drafting the Federal Register Notice, 
setting up the Challenge website, answering questions from developers, 
and giving prizes to winners. The Challenge Competition will be 
conducted by AHRQ in furtherance of the Secretary's authority to 
develop interoperable data networks that can link data from multiple 
sources, including electronic health records. 42 U.S.C. 299b-37(f).

    Dated: December 19, 2017.
Gopal Khanna,
Director.
[FR Doc. 2017-27663 Filed 12-22-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4160-90-P