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Announcement

What You're Reading - September 2011

A list of the most viewed IOM reports for the month of September, 2011.

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Few Health Problems Are Caused By Vaccines, IOM Report Finds
Released: 8/25/2011

An analysis of more than 1,000 research articles concluded that few health problems are caused by or clearly associated with vaccines, according to a new IOM report.

Report at a Glance

  • Graphic: Strength of Evidence that Determined the Causality Conclusions (PDF, HTML)
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  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
  • Table: Summary of Causality Conclusions (PDF)
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FDA Should Invest in Developing A New Regulatory Framework To Replace Flawed 510(k) Medical Device Clearance Process
Released: 7/29/2011

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should gather the information needed to develop a new regulatory framework to replace the 35-year-old 510(k) clearance process for medical devices, says a new report from the IOM.

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  • Accompanying Letter to the FDA (PDF)
  • Press Release (HTML)
  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
  • Senate Testimony (PDF)
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IOM Report on FDA’s 510(k) Medical Device Clearance Process to be Released July 29
Released: 7/22/2011

Prompted by concerns that have been raised about whether the 510(k) clearance process is adequately protecting and promoting the public’s health, the FDA asked the IOM to convene a committee to evaluate the process and make recommendations aimed at protecting public health while preserving a mechanism to get new medical devices to market in a timely manner.

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Experts Explore Digital Technologies' Potential to Improve Health Care
Released: 5/23/2011

Digital technology is transforming many arenas, including health care. The new proceedings of a series of workshops held by the IOM in 2010 presents the insights and perspectives of a range of experts on what is necessary to enable health care professionals and organizations to harness the full potential of new digital technologies to increase efficiency and generate and apply knowledge to real-time care decisions.

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Better Ways to Measure Child Health and Health Care Quality Needed -- New IOM Report
Released: 4/25/2011

The United States lacks robust national- and state-level indicators about children’s and adolescents’ health status and care that can provide reliable guidance on questions such as whether children are thriving and whether investments in publicly financed health care programs like Medicaid are leading to improvements in their well-being, says a new report from the IOM.

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IOM Recommends Standards to Achieve Reliable Clinical Practice Guidelines and High-Quality Systematic Reviews of Evidence
Released: 3/23/2011

Clinical practice guidelines and systematic reviews of the evidence base for health care services are supposed to offer health care providers, patients, and organizations authoritative guidance on the comparable pros and cons of various care options, but too often they are of uncertain or poor quality. There are no universally accepted standards for developing systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines, leading to variability in the handling of conflicts of interest, appraisals of evidence, and the rigor of the evaluations. Two new reports from the IOM recommend standards to enhance the quality and reliability of these important tools for informing health care decisions.

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Announcement

Nominations Open for the 2011 Lienhard Award and Sarnat Prize

The IOM is now accepting nominations for the Gustav O. Lienhard Award and the Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health. Nominations will be accepted through May 9, 2011.

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Health Experts’ Insights on Promising Methods To Improve Health Care Value Summarized in New Report
Released: 2/24/2011

Health care spending is one of the fastest growing contributors to government debt. According to the Congressional Budget Office, federal spending on health care will double in the next 10 years, consuming 27 percent of the budget by 2020. A new workshop summary from the Institute of Medicine presents expert insights from physicians, nurses, patients, hospital administrators, health economists, employers, insurers, and others on the size and nature of wasted resources in the health care system and how to improve health care value.

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Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Crusader Against Substance Abuse, Receives IOM's 2010 Lienhard Award
Released: 10/11/2010

The IOM presented the 2010 Gustav O. Lienhard Award to Joseph A. Califano, Jr., founder and chairman of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University and former U.S. secretary of health, education, and welfare.

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