“Episode 88: Where Can You Learn How To Turn Evidence Into Better Outcomes with Dr. Lisa Simpson from Academy Health”
by Stacey Richter

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Lisa SimpsonDr. Simpson is the president and chief executive officer of AcademyHealth. A nationally recognized health policy researcher and pediatrician, she is a passionate advocate for the translation of research into policy and practice. Her research focused on improving the performance of the health care system and included studies of the quality and safety of care, health and health care disparities and the health policy and system response to childhood obesity.

Before joining AcademyHealth, Dr. Simpson was director of the Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and professor of pediatrics in the Division of Health Policy and Clinical Effectiveness, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati. She served as the Deputy Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality from 1996 to 2002.

Dr. Simpson serves on the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program National Advisory Council, and the Editorial boards for the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research and Frontiers in Public Health Systems and Services Research.

Dr. Simpson earned her undergraduate and medical degrees at Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland), a master’s in public health at the University of Hawaii, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research and health policy at the University of California, San Francisco. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies in 2013.


00:00 What Academy Health is.
00:45 How Academy Health improves the health system by using health evidence to inform current health policy decision makers.
04:00 How Academy Health helps organizations learn from each other.
07:40 “What are we learning from the research?”
09:00 “The decisions will be made, and our goal is to bring evidence into that decision-making process.”
14:45 “The reality is that it’s not one or the other, it’s a continuum in between.”
16:00 A continuum of research between explanation and intervention.
16:30 “What works, and at what cost?”
22:20 The three counsels at Academy Health: Education, Methods, and Measurements.
24:00 The 19 different themes happening at Academy Health’s annual meeting in Boston.
27:30 Academy Health’s partnership with the Annual Health Datapalooza.
28:00 “Data Liberation and Data Application.”
30:00 The “tsunami of data available” at the Annual Health Datapalooza.
34:00 You can find out more information at www.academyhealth.org or by emailing Lisa at lisa.simpson@academyhealth.org.

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