To inform the next steps in their organizational strategy, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), enlisted the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) to convene meetings of experts to identify emerging priorities for the future of health care. These priorities were published today in the special publication, Priorities on the Health Horizon: Informing PCORI’s Strategic Plan. To identify these priorities, the NAM formed a multi-stakeholder workgroup and held two virtual convenings with the objective of engaging with patients, clinicians, health system leaders, researchers, and other stakeholders from the broader health community to identify and discuss high-priority emerging issues in health, health care, and biomedical science and technology.

Given the scope of the issues in the domains considered in the Priorities on the Health Horizon meetings—emerging technologies, social and environmental factors, optimizing value, infrastructure, cross-cutting themes—a formidable set of pressing health and health care research needs were identified and discussed. In addition, certain fundamental strategic priorities emerged as basic and critical to progress in the field:

  1. The need to reorient research perspectives and activities to patient and family priorities and values, and in particular, those conditions that drive inequities;
  2. The need to foster strategic learning partnerships across groups, organizations, and sectors; and
  3. The need to build the continuous learning infrastructure to produce new insights at the pace and scale necessary for the health and health care improvement possible.

Moving forward, building the capacity to continuously improve learning and sharing throughout the system will entail stakeholders working together as seamlessly as possible. The NAM and PCORI worked together to facilitate an expansive dialogue with key stakeholders ad engender trust through a focus on shared commitments to progress on improving health for all Americans in the decade ahead.

Steering Committee and Working Group Participants:

  • Sarah M. Greene, National Academy of Medicine
  • Peter Embí, Regenstrief Institute & IU Health System
  • Margaret Gaines, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Beverley Johnson, Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care
  • Neil Powe, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
  • Jeffrey Schiff, AcademyHealth
  • Bruce Siegel, America’s Essential Hospitals
  • Emily Stewart, Community Catalyst
  • Consuelo Wilkins, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

View recordings of the public meetings that informed this work. You can view the first convening here and the second convening here.

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