Rachael L. Fleurence, PhD is the inaugural Executive Director of the newly formed National Evaluation System for Health Technology (NEST) Coordinating Center, and a member of the International Scientific Collaboration (ISC) at EXCITE International.
Under the umbrella of a public-private partnership, NESTcc’s mission is to establish clear pathways within the medical device ecosystem to support the timely, reliable, and cost-effective development of evidence using Real-World Data sources for key stakeholders, including the medical device industry, regulators, payers, patients, clinicians, and health systems.
Dr. Fleurence joins NEST from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) where she was the Program Director for PCORI’s initiative to build the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, or PCORnet, since 2012. PCORnet has been a transformational effort to engage patients and leverage electronic health data to improve the speed and efficiency of clinical research in the United-States.
A 350 million dollar investment involving 130 health institutions across the country, 20 patient powered research networks and covering 110 Million patients, PCORnet launched as an independent foundation in March 2017.
Dr. Fleurence was also the inaugural director for the PCORI Methods Program in 2012, working closely with the PCORI Methodology Committee on this effort in its initial years.
Executive Director, National Evaluation System for Health Technology (NEST) Coordinating Center