Mark McClellan has been named as an adviser to a newly formed Partnership for Connecting for Research on Outcomes and Effectiveness that aims to create a national network using healthcare information technology for research to improve clinical quality and drive down the cost of healthcare.
The partnership will create a model for using electronic health
information from multiple data sourcesincluding electronic health recordswhile protecting patient privacy, to offer unbiased, evidence-based guidance on what treatments work best, according to a news release.
McClellan is the director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank, and formerly served as the CMS administrator and commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration for the Bush administration. McClellan, in the release, said the partnership was a practically grounded strategy to determine how to leverage electronic health informationsuch as EHRsto help answer key questions about how health policy reforms can promote effective, personalized care.
The partnership is collaborative effort of the Joseph H. Kanter Family Foundation and the eHealth Initiative Foundation. Kanter, 84, a real estate developer and banker living in Miami, will serve as chairman of the partnership. The Kanter Foundation has been active in funding numerous healthcare-related activities, including co-funding the Health Legacy Partnership with the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The not-for-profit eHealth Initiative, parent of the eHealth Initiative Foundation, includes as members various medical societies, provider organizations, pharmaceutical manufacturers, health insurers, IT vendors, data-miners, national security consultants and services providers.