New Evidence to Inform Decisions

  • October 16, 2020
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
  • Online

This session features an overview of new evidence products being produced by PCORI to provide the health sector with timelier summaries of existing evidence, particularly around novel and emerging therapeutics and technologies. Learn about the goals of PCORI’s Healthcare Horizon Scanning System and Emerging Technologies and Therapeutics Report series and how they inform evidence development to support decision making across the health sector, particularly for patients and payers.

The webinar will feature speakers from PCORI, the patient advocacy community, and an AHIP member plan representative discussing the usefulness of these products in their decision making.

Attendees will learn:

  • What is covered in new evidence products from PCORI focusing on new technologies?
  • Where these products can be found?
  • How can they be used to inform patient and plan decision making?


Bill Lawrence, MD, MS
Senior Clinical Advisor

William “Bill” Lawrence, MD, MS, is the Senior Clinical Advisor, Communications, Dissemination, and Implementation, at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). He previously served as an Associate Director, Science, Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science, where he oversaw dissemination projects and helped to develop strategic directions on decision aid and decision science topics. His research interest is in optimizing patient and societal decision-making given available effectiveness information.

Dr. Lawrence earned his medical degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine, and completed an internal medicine residency and a general internal medicine fellowship at the University of Wisconsin. During his fellowship, he received an MS in Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, with a focus on medical decision making. He has had a general internal medicine practice and conducted research at the University of Wisconsin and at Georgetown University.

Eric Gascho
Vice President, Policy and Government Relations
National Health Council

Eric Gascho is the Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs. He has been with the National Health Council since August 2009. In his role, Eric helps the National Health Council and its member organizations develop policy positions that seek to improve the lives of people with chronic diseases and disabilities and advocates for these policies on Capitol Hill and within the executive branch. Prior to joining the NHC, he worked in the government relations department of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

He earned his bachelors degrees in government and business management from the University of Redlands in California.

Cara Nikolajski, PhD, MPH
Director of Research Design and Implementation
UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care

Dr. Cara Nikolajski is the Director of Research Design and Implementation at the UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care (the Center), a nonprofit research organization embedded in the UPMC Insurance Services Division. In her role, Dr. Nikolajski has led the scientific development and execution of several Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) comparative effectiveness trials focusing on topics including the management of multiple chronic conditions, behavioral and physical healthcare integration, specialty medical homes, and shared decision making. She is actively involved in supporting the scaling of important PCORI findings to improve outcomes for other vulnerable populations within the UPMC Insurance Services Division and beyond.

She earned her PhD in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences doctoral program at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health.