Summary of second annual MCBK public meeting: Mobilizing Computable Biomedical Knowledge—A movement to accelerate translation of knowledge into action

Rachel L. Richesson, Bruce E. Bray, Christine Dymek, Robert A. Greenes, Leslie D. McIntosh, Blackford Middleton, Gerald Perry, Jodyn Platt, Christopher Shaffer

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The volume of biomedical knowledge is growing exponentially and much of this knowledge is represented in computer executable formats, such as models, algorithms and programmatic code. There is a growing need to apply this knowledge to improve health in Learning Health Systems, health delivery organizations, and other settings. However, most organizations do not yet have the infrastructure required to consume and apply computable knowledge, and national policies and standards adoption are not sufficient to ensure that it is discoverable and used safely and fairly, nor is there widespread experience in the process of knowledge implementation as clinical decision support. The Mobilizing Computable Biomedical Knowledge (MCBK) community formed in 2016 to address these needs. This report summarizes the main outputs of the Second Annual MCBK public meeting, which was held at the National Institutes of Health on July 18-19, 2019 and brought together over 150 participants from various domains to frame and address important dimensions for mobilizing CBK.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere10222
JournalLearning Health Systems
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020



  • HIT policy
  • clinical decision support
  • computable biomedical knowledge
  • dissemination
  • knowledge
  • metadata
  • standards

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Information Management

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