HHS is soliciting comments for how the agency might best develop a national comparative-effectiveness research database, according to a July 19 Federal Register notice.
Establishing the database is among the priorities that HHS said it would tackle using funds from a $400 million federal stimulus grant provided in late 2009. The grant was part of $1.1 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding that Congress divided among HHS, the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for the purpose of developing clinical-outcomes research that could be used to identify high-quality, cost-effective healthcare protocols.
According to the Federal Registry notice, HHS seeks suggestions of ways to identify resources for healthcare-outcomes research to be made available through the database. The agency also is soliciting suggestions for how to encourage research submissions to the database and how best to categorize the data to maximize their usefulness to clinicians, policymakers and the general public.
Comments should be submitted to HHS' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation by 11:59 p.m. ET on Aug. 9.