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Margo Edmunds, Ph.D.

Vice President, Evidence Generation and Translation - AcademyHealth

As Vice President for Evidence Generation and Translation, Dr. Margo Edmunds leads AcademyHealth's portfolios on research translation and dissemination, delivery system reform, health information infrastructure, and population health. She also directs the AcademyHealth Center on Diversity, Inclusion, and Minority Engagement. A health policy expert with a clinical background in care management, she has more than 20 years of experience directing high-visibility health policy evaluation and implementation projects and has worked with federal, state, and local governments and private sector clients, including foundations and industry associations. She has been a member of the teaching faculty at Johns Hopkins University since 1999, as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management and an Instructor in the Advanced Professional Programs in Communications.

In 2013, Dr. Edmunds received a leadership award from the American Medical Informatics Association for her work chairing the organization's Public Policy Committee. Dr. Edmunds received her multidisciplinary doctoral degree in human development from The Pennsylvania State University, completed a three-year research and clinical fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and was a post-doctoral fellow in health policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and a Fellow and former member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Edmunds is an Associate Editor of Applied Clinical Informatics and a reviewer for JAMIA, the International Journal of Medical Informatics, eGEMs, and Health Affairs.


What does health services research mean to you?

"Without health services and policy research, there would be no roadmap for improving the health care system, strengthening multi-sector community health systems, and developing a shared vision about consumer engagement. HSR helps create evidence that can point the way to effective solutions."

What is your favorite task in your role with AcademyHealth?

"The best part of this job is bringing people together to find new ways to address shared challenges. I’m fortunate to work with such creative and interesting colleagues and to be able to meet and interact with so many new people from different sectors and walks of life."


eGEMs: Toward greater health information interoperability in the United States health system

Healthcare Information Management Systems: The evolution of Health IT policy in the United States.

eGEMs: The future of public health informatics: Alternative scenarios and recommended strategies.

Health Affairs Blog. Jump-starting the conversation about workforce diversity.



Global Public Health Systems Innovations: What Can Other Countries Tell US?

Authored by Margo Edmunds, Ph.D.


Electronic Data Methods Forum

​AcademyHealth’s EDM Forum drives rapid collaboration among researchers and diverse stakeholders who create data, methods and evidence to shape the next generation of learning health systems.

Since 2010, More than 4,000 stakeholders have engaged in the Electronic Data Methods (EDM) Forum through participation in national meetings, workshops, webinars, peer review, and our social media platforms. These efforts are documented in more than 400 reports and resources over the course of the project. Notable projects include AcademyHealth’s newest national meeting, Concordium; work on the 'portable consent' process implemented as part of Apple's Research Kit apps; and new approaches to develop and test electronic clinical quality measures and improve the interoperability of advanced care planning documents.

In addition, the EDM Forum’s peer-reviewed open access journal, eGEMs publishes innovative manuscripts that address the use of electronic health data in learning health systems. A full list of the mentioned resources can be accessed via the EDM Forum Repository.


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Past Events


  • Concordium 2016: Data and Knowledge Transforming Health
    September 12-13, 2016, Crystal City, VA
    Building on the success of Concordium 2015, this year’s conference will brought together individuals and organizations working with health data to integrate evidence, practice, and policy in the delivery system setting. With discussion-based, innovative session formats, the conference is designed to be a transdisciplinary convergence of individuals designing and executing strategies for delivery system transformation.
  • Using Health IT to Advance the Use of Patient-Reported Outcomes in Practice
    May 23, 2016, Washington, DC
  • Concordium 2015: Data and Knowledge Transforming Health
    September 21-22, 2015, Washington DC
    Concordium 2015 brought together individuals and organizations working with big health data to integrate evidence, practice, and policy in the delivery system setting.
  • June 2014: Stakeholder Symposium
    June 7, 2014, San Diego
    The 2014 Symposium featured scientific experts, delivery system and policy leaders, and innovators who are building learning health systems of the future.
  • June 2013: Stakeholder Symposium
    June 22, 2013, Baltimore, MD
    Presentations focused on progress-to-date for building learning health systems to improve patient outcomes, as well as challenges and future research priorities for comparative effectiveness research (CER), patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), and quality improvement (QI). The purpose of this meeting was to bring together experts to review the current state of PROs in clinical practice and opportunities to leverage health IT for their more effective use. Participants deliberated opportunities to make the most effective use of PROs in the care process and discuss the remaining barriers to their effective integration into clinical workflows, prioritized areas for potential investment to scale and spread the effective use of PRO tools in practice, particularly in primary and ambulatory care and for individuals with multiple chronic conditions. Discussion was also centered on the use of PROs from the patient perspective and using PROs to improve patient-centered care.

Reports & Publications

  • Holve, Erin (2016) "Open Science and eGEMs: Our Role in Supporting a Culture of Collaboration in Learning Health Systems," eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes): Vol. 4: Iss. 1, Article 12.
    “Open science” includes a variety of approaches to facilitate greater access to data and the information produced by processes of scientific inquiry. Recently, the health sciences community has been grappling with the issue of potential pathways and models to achieve the goals of open science—namely, to create and rapidly share reproducible health research. eGEMs’ continued dedication to and milestones regarding the publication of innovative, useful, and timely research to help contribute to the push towards open science is discussed, as well as the EDM Forum’s new data sharing platform, CIELO. Although strides have been made, there is still more work to be done to help health sciences community truly embrace open science.
  • D. Lavallee, K. Chenok, R. Love, C. Petersen, E. Holve, C. Segal, P. Franklin. “Incorporating Patient-Reported Outcomes Into Health Care To Engage Patients And Enhance Care” Health Affairs, Vol 35 No 4. April 2016
    The provision of patient-centered care requires a health care environment that fosters engagement between patients and their health care team. One way to encourage patient-centered care is to incorporate patient-reported outcomes into clinical settings. Collecting these outcomes in routine care ensures that important information only the patient can provide is captured. This provides insights into patients' experiences of symptoms, quality of life, and functioning; values and preferences; and goals for health care. Previously embraced in the research realm, patient-reported outcomes have started to play a role in successful shared decision making, which can enhance the safe and effective delivery of health care. We examine the opportunities for using patient-reported outcomes to enhance care delivery and outcomes as health care information needs and technology platforms change. We highlight emerging practices in which patient-reported outcomes provide value to patients and clinicians and improve care delivery. Finally, we examine present and future challenges to maximizing the use of patient-reported outcomes in the clinic.
  • EDM Forum, "EDM Forum Review" (2015, October). Washington, D.C.
    The 2015 EDM Forum Review focuses on a new innovation imperative for health data and knowledge to drive system improvement. The inaugural edition highlights key investments and initiatives that are promoting this evidence-based system transformation, including: significant support from the public and private sectors investing in EHD infrastructure and science; adoption of EHRs; patient engagement and a growing marketplace for mobile health technology; and new goals for value-based payment to ensure quality rather than volume. The results of an extensive literature review, including PCOR findings based on electronic health data, are provided.

Training & Resources

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