Freedom of Information Act Office
IC Directors' Meeting Highlights
May 29, 2012
|Subject:||IC Directors' Meeting Highlights — March 1, 2012|
Announcements: Dr. Collins provided brief updates regarding recent developments with the Research Works Act, upcoming NIH appropriations hearings for the House and Senate in late March, and two mini-retreats to be held in April and May.
RePORT Update: Sally Rockey and Jim Onken
Dr. Rockey provided a brief background on the NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) program, which meets the requirements of the NIH Reform Act of 2006. She emphasized that RePORT is not just a website and many new features have been developed over the past few years.
Dr. Onken highlighted some of the new features on RePORT, including multiple mapping tools, customizable project and publication alerts in one of the RePORT tools (RePORTER), and visualization tools (e.g., interactive charts). He noted the new features and developments in RePORT have been aimed at creating efficiencies and have already provided cost savings.
PCORI Update: Joe Selby
Dr. Selby gave an overview of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). PCORI was established by the Affordable Care Act with the aim of helping patients, clinicians, purchasers, and policy-makers to make informed health decisions. Dr. Selby emphasized the importance of patient engagement in all aspects of the research enterprise. PCORI is currently developing its national priorities for research, with an aim to issue the first broad funding announcements in May 2012 and awards in December 2012. Dr. Selby highlighted the importance of the peer review process and the nine review criteria required by legislation.