CEPI Evidence Discovery And Retrieval (CEDAR) Project (Virginia)

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By making evidence repositories more FAIR - findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable - through technologies such as application programming interfaces, health information technology developers can design new and exciting ways to make the information available where, when, and how stakeholders need it most.

Project Details - Ongoing


In 2016, with funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Trust Fund, AHRQ initiated a multi-component program aimed at advancing PCOR findings into practice through clinical decision support (CDS). This program has funded a Patient-Centered CDS Learning Network, grants and contracts focused on disseminating PCOR findings through CDS, an overall evaluation and horizon-scanning project, and CDS Connect. CDS Connect is a prototype, web-based infrastructure for sharing interoperable CDS and includes a repository, CDS authoring tool, and multiple open-source software packages. CDS Connect matches CDS developers interested in sharing and disseminating CDS with CDS implementers who may re-use the CDS for further innovation and local adaptation. CDS Connect and its tools aim to make CDS more shareable, interoperable, and publicly available.

With the reauthorization of the PCOR Trust Fund in 2019, AHRQ continues to focus on its mandate to disseminate PCOR findings into clinical practice. In addition to CDS Connect, AHRQ’s Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement (CEPI) has invested in other repositories of evidence and PCOR findings, such as the repositories that support the Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Program and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Through the recently launched AHRQ evidence-based Care Transformation Support (ACTS) initiative, AHRQ has recognized the need for these repositories to be more FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable).

The goal of the CEPI Evidence Discovery and Retrieval (CEDAR) project is to make PCOR findings within AHRQ repositories more FAIR through technologies used by clinicians, researchers, implementers, patients, and others. Specifically, this work will develop prototype infrastructure that demonstrates standards-based, application programming interface (API)-enabled discovery and retrieval of underlying PCOR findings within CEPI repositories, such as the EPC program, USPSTF recommendations, and CDS Connect. Deliverables include an environmental scan and gap analysis, a reference implementation for the prototype infrastructure/API, a pilot demonstration, and publicly available documentation and reports.