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NQRN Work Groups

The work of the NQRN is additionally supported by its work groups, which are open to all PCPI members. NQRN Work Groups carry out topical work that is of interest to registries.

Currently, NQRN maintains four work groups: The Learning Work Group, chaired by Stephanie Peditto, of the College of American Pathologists, the Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) Work Group, led by Lance Mueller, American Medical Association, the Research Work Group, chaired by Dr. Yosef Khan of the American Heart Association, and the Interoperability Work Group, chaired by Dr. James Tcheng of Duke University.

Learning Work Group

The Learning Work group generates and shares leading practices on all aspects of registry development and use and focuses on curating content from other work groups. This work group is committed to gathering input and insights from the registry industry and translating that into real-world knowledge and solutions that further the value of registry work. The Learning Work Group provides education in the form of webinars and other resources such as focus groups to best determine the current and future needs of registries.

QCDR Work Group

The QCDR Work Group is a community of QCDR stewards who collaborate to solve shared problems and advance the mission of the Qualified Clinical Data Registry Program. The QCDR Work Group covers current and changing legislation that is relevant to QCDRs and the group develops resources to help QCDRs work efficiently and effectively.

Interoperability Work Group

The Interoperability Work Group functions to implement initiatives that support data sharing and liquidity across the healthcare enterprise. The Interoperability Work Group currently hosts the Registries on FHIR project, which aims to demonstrate the value of adoption of common clinical data elements in registries to improve interoperability and lower barriers to capturing the needed data in registries from EHRs and other health information systems.

Health Level Seven® International (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) is a standard that if adopted in registries, EHRs and related systems will improve interoperability in health care. By drafting and testing a common clinical data set based on existing standards including the ONC 2015 Common Clinical Dataset and implementing this in registries, we aim to show a measurable reduction in registry data acquisition burden and improvements in registry data quality.

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