From:                                         Paul Weber []

Sent:                                           Friday, July 01, 2011 4:44 PM

To:                                               Valerie Smothers

Cc:                                               'Francis Kwakwa'; 'Sean.M.Hayes'

Subject:                                     RE: Collaboration with MedBiquitous




Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.  I have been traveling a bit lately, so I am still catching up on numerous email messages.


I discussed the proposed survey in a telephone call with Sean a few weeks ago and have some familiarity with what you are proposing.   We also had a chance to chat about the Research Institute the Alliance is promoting and how Medbiquitous standards could play a role in the work the Institute will be undertaking.  I definitely think there are areas where we can collaborate with Medbiquitous.


I shared your letter with Alliance leadership for their review of your proposal.  We will discuss the opportunities you presented and get back to you shortly.


Thanks for reaching out to the Alliance.




Paul D. Weber

Executive Director

Alliance for CME

Southcrest Building

1025 Montgomery Hwy, Suite 105

Birmingham, AL 35216

Tel: (205) 824-1355

Fax: (205) 824-1357




From: Valerie Smothers []
Sent: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 1:55 PM
Cc: Francis Kwakwa; Sean.M.Hayes
Subject: Collaboration with MedBiquitous


Paul Weber

Executive Director
Alliance for Continuing Medical Education
1025 Montgomery Highway
Vestavia Hills, AL35216


June 22, 2011


Dear Mr. Weber:


As a follow-up to your conversation with Sean Hayes, we are writing you on behalf of the MedBiquitous Metrics Working Group regarding MedBiquitous’ hope to collaborate with the Alliance for CME in two specific areas: (a) an assessment of the Alliance membership on current and evolving technology integration and (b) support for the Institute for Evaluation and Outcomes Studies, perhaps by integrating the MEMS standards into a pilot activity of the Institute.


MedBiquitous is a consortium dedicated to advancing healthcare education through technology standards that promote professional competence, collaboration, and better patient care. MedBiquitous is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop information technology standards for healthcare education and competence assessment.


The MedBiquitous Metrics Working Group has developed a technical standard for aggregate evaluation data and other key metrics for health professions education: ANSI/MEDBIQ ME.10.1-2009, Medical Education Metrics, or MEMS. MEMS has been implemented by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education for the exchange of data related to its Program Activity Reporting System, or PARS. We would like to work with the Alliance to assess the broader community of CME providers. Our goal would be to collect data on the following points:


·         Current and future integration of technology to CME outcomes evaluation, including current data management practices

·         Awareness of the MEMS standard

·         Perceived value of the MEMS standard

·         Readiness to change data management practices/ Barriers to change (e.g. resources, sense of value)

In addition to using the survey to better understand CME providers, we would like to offer MedBiquitous’ standards and standards development program to support both  the Institute for Evaluation and Outcomes Studies and the FDA REMS program. The MEMS standard offers a format for collecting outcomes data across the CME enterprise, enabling research and analysis of the program’s impact and efficacy. Another standard, ANSI/MEDBIQ AR.10.1-2009, Activity Report, provides a format for certifying a physicians’ completion of a CME activity. MedBiquitous could provide assistance in determining whether or not existing standards fits the Institute’s data collection requirements. If there are gaps, MedBiquitous could serve as a venue for further developing technical standards to meet your research needs. Our ANSI-accredited standards development process ensures that technical standards are developed in a manner that is open to all materially affected parties following a process that is fair and transparent.


Please let us know if the survey and the implementation of standards in support of outcomes evaluation and research are of interest to you and your colleagues at the Alliance. If so, perhaps we could arrange a time to discuss the project in more detail and identify next steps.




Francis Kwakwa                                                                Sean Hayes, Psy.D.

Co-chair                                                                               Co-chair

MedBiquitous Metrics Working Group                   MedBiquitous Metrics Working Group