Introducing New Members
- Adelaide Health Technology Assessment (AHTA), Australia
- American Academy of Neurology (AAN), USA
- Instituto de Evaluación Tecnológica en Salud (IETS), Colombia
- Penn Medicine Center for Evidence-based Practice; USA
- Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), Canada
- Dr. Pierre Côté, Canada
- Dr. David Goldman, USA
- Prof. Jette Kolding Kristensen, Denmark
- Prof. Irma Manjavidze, Georgia
- Dr. Susan Norris, Switzerland
- Dr. James Reston, USA
- Ms Nancy Santesso, Canada
- Dr. Karen Schoelles, USA
- Mrs. Iris Tam, USA
- Mr. Jerry Tan, Canada
- Dr. Rob van der Sande, Netherlands
- Dr. John Westbrook, USA
- Dr. Ya Yuwen, China
Calling all individual members
We routinely ask our new organisations if they would provide a profile for the newsletter so that you get to know them. But what about our individual members? We would like to hear from you too – new and established! Why don’t you drop us a short introductory piece about yourself – don’t be shy. We are all keen to learn more about all of our members, so go ahead and introduce yourself. Tell us who you are and what attracted you to G-I-N and what you hope to get out of your membership. We are all about networking and collaboration, so take that first step and make yourself known. If you don’t make the first move, we just might get in touch to encourage you! We also love photos - they make the newsletter much more appealing and they help us to identify you at the conference or other events. However, can we please ask for high resolution pictures from all contributors - some phone cameras leave us with fuzzy images that we cannot use and that is always
AAN (American Academy of Neurology) – USA
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN), established in 1948, is an international professional association of more than 26,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. The AAN is strongly committed to its mission and focuses its efforts on ensuring the reality of the principles and standards set forth in the AAN mission statement: To promote the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care and enhance member career satisfaction.
To that end, the AAN is dedicated to servicing the needs of members on all issues related to the practice of clinical neurology and the economics of clinical practice. The AAN guidelines are an integral part of our offerings, and are considered to be one of the highest values to our members. AAN has been developing guidelines since 1989 and has published over 110 guidelines to date in many areas of neurologic disease including Parkinson Disease, brain injury, epilepsy, and stroke. www.aan.com
AAOS (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons – USA
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) was founded in 1933 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois as a not-for-profit organization to provide education and practice management services for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, while advocating for improved patient care. The AAOS has grown from a small organization with only 500 members, to the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists, currently serving more than 36,000 members worldwide.
The AAOS Department of Research and Scientific Affairs collects, analyzes and disseminates scientific data and produces evidence-based medicine quality and value tools for its members to advance musculoskeletal care. In 2007, AAOS published its first Clinical Practice Guideline and currently has 14 published guidelines housed both on the AAOS website (www.aaos.org/guidelines) as well as the National Guidelines Clearinghouse. The Department of Research and Scientific Affairs also began developing Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) in 2011, and recently published its first AUC on the Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures. For more information on the AAOS Research and Scientific Affairs Department, and to access published CPGs and AUCs, please visit www.aaos.org/research.
AHTA (Adelaide Health Technology Assessment) – Australia
Adelaide Health Technology Assessment (AHTA), based within the School of Population Health, The University of Adelaide, was founded in 2002. AHTA has 15-20 research staff, as well as administrative support. The team consists of dedicated individuals with backgrounds, variously, in clinical epidemiology, public health, psychology, pharmacy, medicine, health economics, statistics, science and bioethics. AHTA also benefits from the support of several affiliate academics and clinical consultants Staff within AHTA have extensive experience performing evidence-based assessments on a wide range of health care technologies, procedures and services, conducting systematic literature reviews, health technology assessments and clinical
practice guidelines using “best-practice” methodologies.
AHTA plays three roles with respect to the development of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines:
- Selected senior staff act in a methodological advisory capacity to external organisations and assist with the development of clinical practice guidelines;
- Individuals provide methodological guidance to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHRMC) to assist with the revision of standard approaches or processes of guideline development;
- AHTA are commissioned to conduct systematic literature reviews to underpin the development of clinical practice guidelines.
AHTA have produced systematic reviews forming the evidence-base of clinical practice guidelines on interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder, the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus, the management of acute/subacute soft tissue injuries to the low back, the prevention and treatment of depression in adolescents and young adults, and the use of recombinant and plasma-derived Factor VIII and Factor IX products for haemophilia and other rare blood clotting disorders.
AHTA also performs applied research for the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, on behalf of the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC), Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC), and for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
CEP (Penn Medicine Center for Evidence-based Practice) - Pennsylvania USA
The Penn Medicine Center for Evidence-based Practice (CEP) was established in 2006 by the Penn Office of the Chief Medical Officer to support the quality, safety and value of patient care at Penn through evidence-based practice. To that end, the Center summarizes scientific evidence for institutional decision making about drugs, devices, tests, and clinical policies; disseminates and implements evidence into practice through computerized clinical decision support; and educates trainees, faculty and staff in evidence-based practice. As such, CEP is one of the only academic hospital-based comparative effectiveness centers in the United States (US) funded by its own institution to support evidence-based decision making at all levels of the organization. In its first seven years, CEP completed over 200 rapid reviews and guidelines and integrated over 30 of these reviews into clinical decision support; this work has also been disseminated outside of Penn through over 40 peer-reviewed publications and over 150 postings in the Cochrane indexed Health Technology Assessment Database and the
National Guideline Clearinghouse. CEP also collaborates with organizations outside of Penn on guideline, systematic review, and informatics contracts of priority to Penn Medicine, including a formal partnership with the ECRI Institute as the ECRI-Penn Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC), one of eleven such centers in the US. www.uphs.upenn.edu/cep/
GlobeMed Ltd - Lebanon
GlobeMed is a leader Third Party Administrator in the MENA region of Lebanon. We manage healthcare benefits, and provide actuarial, statistics, reinsurance, and international health services. We also offer medical coding education through a specialized coding school and e-learning platform, in addition to pharmaceutical supply management solutions. GlobeMed’s range of services covers every aspect of the healthcare benefits management system and beyond so that our stakeholders focus on what they do best and leave the rest to us. We streamline the healthcare benefits management process and help our clients, partners and franchisees eliminate time and monetary waste with the support of a team driven by a genuine spirit of service. GlobeMed’s workflow technologies and large infrastructure capacity allow us to quickly grow and accommodate our clients’, partners’ and franchisees’ requirements without sacrificing quality, accuracy and turnaround service level commitments. The unique combination of healthcare benefits management experience and internally developed technologies makes us your ideal partner to create or enhance your own services.
The Colombian Agency for Health Technology Assessment (IETS)
The Colombian agency for health technology assessment, Instituto de Evaluación Tecnológica en Salud (IETS), is a not-for-profit, public-private agency established in 2012. IETS aims to stimulate and strengthen health technology research in Colombia, contribute to better patient care by supporting public health policy formulation, increase quality, efficiency, equity and sustainability of the Colombian healthcare system and improve equitable access to health care services and technologies. IETS produces health technology assessments, evidence-based clinical guidelines and protocols of drugs, medical devices, procedures and treatments to support policy makers and healthcare professionals decide what technologies are effective, offer the best quality and value for money and therefore should be financed with public funds.
Héctor Eduardo Castro Jaramillo, Executive Director
RNAO (Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario) - Canada
The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses in Ontario, Canada. Established in 1925, the association’s mission is to pursue healthy public policy and to promote the full participation of registered nurses in shaping and delivering health services.
With multi-year funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, RNAO launched its world renowned Nursing Best Practice Guidelines Program in 1999. Using rigorous evidence-based approaches, Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) are developed to improve the consistency and quality of nursing care; increase access to quality nursing services; and broadly disseminate resources to maximize benefits for patients/clients, nurses, and the health-care system. To date, RNAO has published 38 clinical BPGs and nine healthy work environment BPGs, as well as a Toolkit and Educator’s Resource to support implementation. Many of these guidelines have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Japanese.
RNAO is internationally recognized as a leader in knowledge translation, utilizing innovative and evidence-based approaches to support, sustain and evaluate implementation of BPGs in health-care settings across all sectors and around the world. Nursing order sets, derived from the evidence-based clinical BPGs and developed by the RNAO, are available to support nursing practice and to ensure safe, high-quality care. Each nursing order set uses standardized international nursing terminology and is comprised of nursing interventions that link to the supporting BPG evidence and other clinical decision support resources. Guideline implementation and evaluation is further supported by RNAO’s highly successful Best Practice Spotlight Organization® (BPSO®) Designation. BPSOs are health-care organizations that partner with RNAO and commit to implement and evaluate multiple BPGs. To date, 68 BPSO health-care groups from around the world involving 294 organizations and academic sites have joined the BPSO program.
RNAO supports BPSOs in the evaluation of guideline implementation through NQuIRE (Nursing Quality Indicators for Reporting and Evaluation). NQuIRE is an international quality improvement initiative consisting of a database of guideline specific, evidence-based structure, process and outcome quality indicators to measure the impact of guideline implementation.
RNAO’s 13-year history in guideline development, implementation and evaluation has resulted in numerous success stories, incredible outcomes and a wealth of resources available to enhance care quality through evidence. For more information about RNAO and these initiatives, including access to RNAO guidelines and other resources, please visit http://RNAO.ca