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GIN NA Webinar Series - Tools: Bringing Evidence & Guidelines Into the Digital Age - December 2, 2020

A recording from the Bringing Evidence & Guidelines Into the Digital Age webinar is now available. Downloading, copying, reusing or distributing these files is not permissible.

One of the big challenges with using research findings to inform practice is the long lead time for developing and implementing guidelines. The average 17-year period from research to practice should not be acceptable in the Digital Age, but it does not change automatically. 

Several national and international multi-stakeholder initiatives are developing ways to dramatically improve the efficiency and accuracy of finding, processing, disseminating and implementing evidence and guidelines through shared, agreed technology standards. A standard for health data exchange, named Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR; pronounced “fire”), has overcome the complex challenges to make health data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable (FAIR). The vision is to use and adapt FHIR to make evidence and guidelines FAIR. The method is to define FHIR Resources to express distinct concepts in precise, unambiguous form that can also be called machine-interpretable or computable form.

Computable evidence resources will enable more reliable searching, selection, data extraction, and synthesis of evidence with much less effort. More current, trustworthy systematic reviews and tools to support structured data entry for judgments and interpretations will enable better and faster guideline development. Guideline expression in computable form with FHIR will enable direct integration with electronic health records for clinical decision support, greatly increasing the implementation of guidelines. Digital quality measures and real-world data will complete the cycle as they are analysed to produce computable evidence resources.


Recording of the webinar can viewed here


Presentation Slides can be viewed here.


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