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AHRQ Honors ECRI Institute with Evidence-based Practice Center Designation

September 21, 2012

ECRI Institute was recently designated to serve as one of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC) for the next five years.

ECRI Institute has served as a center since the program’s inception in 1997. Under the new contract, known as EPC 4, ECRI Institute partnered with Penn Medicine (the University of Pennsylvania Health System and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine); two woman-owned Small Disadvantaged Businesses (Provider Resources Inc. and Insight Policy Research); and a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (Duty First Consulting).

The ECRI Institute-Penn Medicine EPC will work with clinicians, policymakers, patients, and consumers to develop topics and questions for systematic review of the literature; and promote the synthesis and translation of research evidence. The contract runs through 2017.

“We are pleased and honored to hold the trust of AHRQ and the healthcare system more broadly in advancing the science of systematic review to assess the effectiveness of healthcare interventions and practices based on outcomes that matter to patients,” says Karen Schoelles, MD, SM, director of the ECRI Institute-Penn Medicine EPC.

“The combined strength of ECRI Institute’s independent research and Penn Medicine’s clinical and academic leadership will enable us to pursue diverse opportunities for healthcare improvement,” says Craig A. Umscheid, MD, MS, director of the Penn Medicine Center for Evidence-based Practice, and senior associate director of the newly formed ECRI Institute-Penn Medicine EPC. “We believe our partnership sets a high standard for advancing healthcare research and patient care.”

“The need for rigorous evidence-based research on new and emerging technologies, procedures, and services will continue to grow, and we will support this important priority,” says Vivian Coates, vice president of IS and health technology assessment at ECRI Institute.


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