A National Web Conference on Opportunities for Digital Healthcare: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Event Details

  • Date: July 1, 2021
  • Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm


AHRQ is hosting a free Web conference on July 1, 2021 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST, to discuss how digital healthcare has been affected by the pandemic. The pressing need to put evidence into practice to optimize outcomes for all patients and improve experience and reduce burnout for all providers has been dramatically intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will describe their research and efforts related to the use of digital healthcare strategies and tools to support information flow in caring for patients with COVID and other conditions, and implications of their results for leveraging digital healthcare going forward. The Web conference speakers will not discuss or provide any treatment recommendations for COVID-19.

Eligible providers can earn up to 1.5 CE/CME contact hours for participating in the live Web conference.

Confirmed Speakers:

Jerome Osheroff

Jerome Osheroff, MD
Chair, ACTS COVID -19 Collaborative, TMIT Consulting

Alex Krist

Alex Krist, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Population Health, Virginia Commonwealth University

Robert Rudin

Robert Rudin, PhD
Senior Information Scientist, RAND Corporation


Steve Bernstein

Steve Bernstein
Senior Advisor for Digital Healthcare, Division of Digital Healthcare Research, Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement


Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this Web conference, participants should be able to:

  1. Explain challenges and opportunities to improve the evidence to guidance to action to data to evidence Learning Health System cycle with digital healthcare approaches and tools – especially related to putting rapidly evolving evidence and guidance into practice for novel infectious diseases.
  2. Describe a model for engaging patients in care planning to facilitate decision-making, and discuss facilitators and barriers to implementing patient care planning.
  3. Describe how digital healthcare technologies that support gathering patient-reported outcomes can be used to improve patient empowerment and patient-driven care and how these technologies have been adapted to face the needs presented by the pandemic.

Targeted Audience:

Health care researchers, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals, health IT researchers and vendors.

To Register:

  1. Go to this link.
  2. Click “Register”
  3. Enter your information on the registration form and click “Submit.”


You will receive a confirmation email message with instructions on how to join the event. To ensure successful participation, please download the WebEx app and/or test your system prior to the live event.

For assistance: If you require special accommodations to participate in the web conference, please contact DigitalHealthcareResearch@ahrq.hhs.gov.

Eligible providers can earn up to 1.5 CE/CME contact hours for participating in the live Web conference. Continuing education credits will be available for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists/ pharmacy techs, and healthcare executives. Non-physician CMEs will also be available.

Physicians and Physician Assistants
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of AffinityCE and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). AffinityCE is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. AffinityCE designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians and Physician Assistants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse CE is provided for this program through collaboration between the AHRQ and AffinityCE. AffinityCE is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). This activity provides 1.5 contact hours of nurse CE credit.

AffinityCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education (CPE). This knowledge-based CPE activity will provide 1.5 contact hours for participants. There is no cost to participate. Participant CE records will be electronically communicated to CPE Monitor. UAN : 0829-9999-21-071-L04-P/T

Other Professionals
All other health care professionals completing this continuing education activity will be issued a statement of participation indicating the number of hours of continuing education credit. This may be used for professional education CE credit. Please consult your accrediting organization or licensing board for their acceptance of this CE activity.

How to Obtain CME/CE Credit
Participants must attend the entire live Web conference and complete the evaluation online to earn 1.5 contact credit hours and obtain a CE certificate. No partial credit will be awarded. A link to the online evaluation system will be provided after the Web Conference.

Commercial/Sponsor Disclosure
There is no involvement of commercial or sponsor support for this Web conference series.

System Requirements
Mobile device (e.g., large-format smart phone; laptop or tablet computer) or desktop computer with a video display of at least 1024 × 768 pixels at 24-bit color depth, capable of connecting to the Internet at broadband or faster speeds, with a current version Internet browser and popular document viewing software (e.g., Microsoft Office, PDF viewer, image viewer) installed. Support for streaming or downloadable audio-visual materials (e.g., streaming MP4, MP3 audio) in hardware and software may be required to view, review, or participate in portions of the program.