NEHI's report, Maximizing the Potential of Real World Evidence to Support Health Care Innovation, provides recommendations for “real world evidence” (RWE) to accelerate health care innovation and transform patient care. RWE – or, evidence developed from “real world” practice and utilization – offers the promise of using new and quickly available sources of data to rapidly advance medicine and personalize care for patients; however, reaching this full potential of RWE will require a cross-sector change in culture. so, NEHI conducted research and convened a group of multi-sector experts to try to find that consensus on employing RWE in the transformation of health care.
Aspects of the cultural shift will include the following:
Use of Consensus-backed standards: Scientific and statistically sound standards must be developed, with broad professional endorsement, for collecting and analyzing real world data through observational studies.
Transparency: Analysis of real world data should be based on high standards of transparency regarding the sources and quality of data, as well as study design and analytical methods, and dissemination of findings.
Shared norms for application of RWE: Users of RWE, such as health plans, clinical guidelines developers, or formulary committees, also have responsibilities to be transparent and rigorous in how they apply the evidence to their decision making.