Duke Center for Health Informatics (DCHI) organized and hosted a two-day meeting September 16-17, 2013 for the Essential Standards to Enable Learning (ESTEL) initiative of the Learning Health Community (LHC). The ESTEL initiative is being led by the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) as a means of developing a minimal set of data standards that will enable the LHC.
Participants from more than 15 universities, clinical research organizations, technology companies, service providers, standards-developing organizations, and related healthcare entities attended the meeting. Local institutions participating included NCHICA, SAS, GlaxoSmithKline, and Quintiles. Rebecca Kush, CDISC President and CEO, chaired the meeting. Duke participants included Amy Abernathy, MD, Bradford R. Hirsch, MD, and W. Ed Hammond, PhD.