About AiCPG

We Support Guideline Developers

The primary goal of The Alliance for the Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines (“AiCPG” or “The Alliance”) is to meet the needs of Guideline Developers and Guideline Users to improve the safety and quality of patient care in the U.S. Healthcare system.

Guideline Developers have established policies and standards to describe their framework for guideline development. Guideline Developers use our network to disseminate guideline information, engage guideline users, be more efficient, and find solutions to their own individual problems. The Alliance’s work is to explore opportunities where Guideline Developers can work together to harmonize and reduce variation. We create more opportunities to develop multi-society systematic reviews, produce multi-society recommendations, and produce multi-society implementation solutions.

Our Organization

The AiCPG includes two main governing bodies – the Board of Directors and the Alliance Oversight Committee. There is no cost to participating Guideline Developers to have volunteers engaged in oversight. All work is done remotely.

Our Board of Directors is responsible for Strategic Decision Making. The Board of Directors is comprised of between 3-9 individuals and emphasizes individuals with clinical and medical informatics experience. 

Our Alliance Oversight Committee is responsible for Tactical, Operational, and Management Decision-Making. This Committee is comprised of 5-9 representatives from participating Guideline Developers. This Committee can create taskforces to address specific topics. The Chair, Taskforce will present their findings (including any recommendations) to The Alliance Oversight Committee. The work is accomplished by consensus and we vote by simple majority.

The calls are well-organized for expediency: 30-45 minutes every three month (or as needed), no more than 3-6 e-mails per month. AiCPG staff schedule calls via doodle.com based on availability. There is an agenda, attachments, and meeting minutes.

Our Business Model

We Offer A Connecting Healthcare Solution. The Alliance’s work is to meet Guideline Developer’s anticipated and unanticipated needs. We support our operations by offering cost-effective, fee-based services such as collecting peer review comments, public comments, relevant survey data, relevant evaluation data, among other data-related projects. We format data collection to comply with guideline development policies & procedures, grant reporting requirements to funders (implementation tools, etc.), and project requirements. We have strategic partnerships to improve guideline development operations and develop new implementation tools. We are prepared to work with Guideline Developers, the U.S. government, and stakeholders to support coordination of information and data collection in our public health infrastructure when we launch (e.g., infectious disease, opioid/drug abuse, chronic conditions, wellness, etc.).

The Differentiators

  • The guideline summaries will remain freely available for individuals. Rather than selling subscriptions, funds will be raised via donations (e.g. Wikipedia model). Should the operating expenses exceed donations, banner advertisements will be offered as a contingency to cover costs. This will ensure a sustainable model that can survive any changes in political climates or budgets.
  • The 2011 IOM Standards will not be the sole inclusion criteria, however users will have the option to search and filter guidelines that meet certain aspects of the criteria (e.g. "methodologist involvement").
  • The main focus of the clearinghouse will be on implementation. The streamlined summary formatting and the improved search and user experience will reflect this.
  • Guideline developing organizations will be provided with more data and analytics to support clinical guideline programs (i.e., budgets, research/development, staffing).

Free Guideline Resources

While we are planning to launch our new clinical practice guideline tool in the near future, we know you use guidelines every day. To help fill the gap between the closure of the National Guideline Clearinghouse and the launch of our tool, we’ve compiled a list of free medical guideline tools available today. These resources are ready for you to use now!

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