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ECRI Institute’s Vision for a National Patient Library




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ECRI Institute believes that a new independent organization, perhaps named the National Patient Library, could contribute to making healthcare more patient-centered and evidence-based. It could do so by collecting, commissioning, certifying the quality of, and communicating without charge, findings from research on the effectiveness and comparative effectiveness of health services as well as on tools for shared decision making.

Although the National Patient Library would require public financing, achieving and maintaining public confidence in its work would require that it be functionally independent from government as well as from professional, provider, payer and commercial interest groups and advocacy organizations.

Click on the buttons above for details on the historical background of the patient library, what it would do for whom, how it could be organized and financed, and some of the initial challenges it would address.

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