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Teresa Zayas Cabán

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Dr. Teresa Zayas Cabán is ONC’s Chief Scientist and is responsible for developing and evaluating ONC’s overall scientific efforts and activities. Her division develops, establishes, or recommends scientific policy to the National Coordinator. She directs ONC’s precision medicine initiative (PMI) activities and provides oversight of ONC’s patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) projects.

Dr. Zayas Cabán was previously the Chief of Health IT research and acting director of the division of health IT at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). While at AHRQ, she set new directions for their funding opportunities and coordinated with federal partners, such as the National Science Foundation.

Before joining AHRQ, she served as a post-doctoral trainee in the computation and informatics in biology and medicine program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Zayas Cabán obtained her doctorate in industrial and systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow in industrial engineering.

Teresa Zayas Cabán's Latest Blog Posts

Leveraging standardized clinical data to advance discovery

Teresa Zayas Cabán | July 31, 2020

Opportunity knocks for NIH researchers, who will be able to leverage clinical data from electronic health record (EHR) systems with increased frequency and consistency. The passage of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) has charted a path toward increasing access to and interoperability of electronic health information for clinical care. This, in turn, has paved the way to leverage relevant policies, systems, and infrastructure to accelerate research. In parallel, researchers have been challenged to make data from a single research study,

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Accelerating Precision in Public Health Surveillance and Response

Teresa Zayas Cabán | June 10, 2020

When our communities face a health crisis, the research, clinical, and public health worlds come together and collaborate. Public health programs drive toward prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the population, but they need the support and guidance of data-driven research behind them every step of the way. While most of the data needed to accelerate research, and clinical and public health delivery come from traditional sources—such as clinical encounters and lab tests—data feeds from nontraditional sources ,

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Empowering Patients to Advance Precision Medicine, One EHR at a Time

Teresa Zayas Cabán | May 18, 2020

Electronic health record (EHR) systems store incredibly rich data about individual patients, but historically, individuals have been unable to access this information easily and share it for research. However, use of patients’ data could accelerate scientific discovery and progress toward precision medicine. Permitting patients to connect and share their data with researchers—while maintaining the security and privacy of those data—is just one of the many benefits to the research community of the ONC‘s Cures Act Final Rule released in March 2020.

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Mapping the Path Forward in Health IT

Teresa Zayas Cabán | May 7, 2020

This year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released three strategic documents that will help set a path forward for health IT. The 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, the Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs, and the National Health IT Priorities for Research: A Policy and Development Agenda are united in the aim to improve health,

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