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Improving the Quality, Safety and Value of Patient Care through Evidence-based Practice:
A Multidisciplinary Regional Forum

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The University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) Center for Evidence-based Practice is hosting a multidisciplinary forum to explore how payors, providers, researchers, policymakers and the biomedical industry can work together to improve the quality, safety and value of patient care in the Philadelphia region through evidence-based practice.


  1. To explore how medical evidence is used in different sectors of our healthcare system (e.g., how payors use evidence in coverage decisions; how the biomedical industry uses evidence in decisions to conduct post-marketing studies; how policymakers use evidence in decisions regarding funding, publishing, and performance measure development).
  2. To explore how different healthcare system sectors might work together using evidence as a common basis to improve the quality and value of patient care.
  3. To brainstorm how we might start to develop a common agenda to accomplish this in the Philadelphia region.

The forum is organized into three sessions, each of which will address a separate conference objective. The first session "Finding Common Ground in Evidence" examines how different health care sectors incorporate evidence into their daily decisions and operations. The second session "Applying What Works and Measuring Success" examines how these different types of organizations might work with health care providers to improve patient care quality, safety and value through evidence-based practice. The final session "Moving Forward in Our Region" explores how the different sectors of our regional healthcare system can collaborate to advance evidence-based practice, using the issue of transitions of care as a focal point. Each session will open with a brief topic overview, followed by an interactive panel discussion addressing targeted questions, and ending with extensive audience participation through Q&A.

The audience of the forum will be limited to regional healthcare leaders, including executive and medical leaders in payor, purchaser, provider, policymaking and biomedical industry organizations. Panels will consist of national health care leaders who will serve as resources for ideas and discussion among the audience of regional healthcare leaders.

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  • David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, Director, Institute for Health Policy and Samuel O. Their Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Carolyn Clancy, MD, Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • L. Gregory Pawlson, MD, MPH, Executive Vice President, National Committee for Quality Assurance
  • Donald F. Schwarz, MD, MPH, MBA, Deputy Mayor of Health and Opportunity and Health Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia
  • Harold C. Sox, MD, Editor, Annals of Internal Medicine
  • Troyen Brennan, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Aetna
  • Allan M Korn, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
  • I. Steven Udvarhelyi, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Independence Blue Cross
Biomedical Industry
  • Peter Juhn, MD, MPH, Executive Medical Director, Health Policy and EBM, Johnson & Johnson
  • Newell McElwee, PharmD, MSPH, Senior Director, Pfizer
  • David Sugano, DrPH, Vice President, Health Outcomes and Economics, Schering-Plough
  • Steven Teutsch, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Outcomes Research and Management, Merck

Topic Presenters

  • Patrick J. Brennan, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, will open the forum with a presentation on systematizing evidence-based practice at UPHS.
  • J. Sanford Schwartz, MD, Leon Hess Professor of Medicine and Health Management & Economics at the Perelman School of Medicine and The Wharton School will open the first session with a presentation on value-based health care.
  • Brent James, MD, Executive Director, Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research, Intermountain Health Care will open the second session with a presentation on collaborative opportunities for applying evidence.
  • Kendal Williams, MD, MPH, Director of the University of Pennsylvania Health System Center for Evidence-Based Practice and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, will open the third session with a case presentation on "transitions of care" as a focal point for regional collaboration.


  • Patrick J. Brennan, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
  • Mark V. Pauly, PhD, Bendheim Professor of Health Care Systems, Insurance & Economics, The Wharton School
  • Richard P. Shannon, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine and Frank Wistar Thomas Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
  • Sankey V. Williams, MD, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Sol Katz Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Date and Location
Friday, June 6, 2008, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Hall of Flags at Houston Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104

There is no fee for conference registration.

Background / Rationale:
In the Philadelphia region, medical centers are at the hub of health care delivery, the biomedical industry supplies most of the tools used, and purchasers and payors finance the system. Though these stakeholders often differ in their goals and incentives, our regional healthcare system will improve only if these groups work collaboratively towards the common goal of improving the quality, safety and value of patient care through evidence-based practice. Evidence-based medical care provides a common foundation to promote collaboration.

By initiating a broad dialogue with all parties around evidence-based practice, medical centers can begin to build relationships and infrastructures to support and improve the quality, safety and value of patient care. In this vein, the UPHS Office of the CMO in July 2006 limited on-site industry marketing activities while increasing collaboration with industry on developing medical evidence and facilitating evidence based medical care. A newly developed UPHS Center for Evidence-Based Practice summarizes scientific evidence for UPHS decision making about high impact drugs, devices and processes of care, and is charged with building evidence-based collaborative enterprises with industry and payors.

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