Vivian H. Coates developed and leads ECRI Institute’s evidence-based medicine and health technology assessment program and works to enhance the program’s contribution to the healthcare community. She is a member of ECRI Institute's executive team.
She oversees ECRI Institute’s Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC), and all related evidence-based programs, including the Health Technology Assessment Information Service for hospitals and health systems, health plans and health policymakers. She initiates and fosters relationships with the users of comparative effectiveness research and health technology assessment to promote the use of evidence-based medicine in healthcare purchasing, delivery, coverage, and clinical practice guideline development.
Coates is project director for ECRI Institute’s contract with the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to develop, implement, and maintain the National Guideline Clearinghouse™, an Internet-accessible database of summaries of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents, and also the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™, a database of evidence-based healthcare quality measures and supporting documentation.
Since 1986, Coates has developed many of ECRI Institute’s healthcare information resources, from concept and research stages through ongoing production and management. Her projects have included print publications, CD-ROM, and online databases, ECRI Institute’s medical device coding and classification system, and customized programs for the healthcare community.
Coates has broad management responsibilities that include the recruitment and oversight of human resources as well as the acquisition of material resources to support ECRI Institute's mission to improve the safety, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare. She earned an MBA from Drexel University and a BS in Cell Biology and Biochemistry from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.