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An Introduction to Negative Control and Proximal Causal Learning
Event Type: Webinar
Date: Friday, January 28, 2022
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST

This Sentinel Innovation and Methods Seminar will first introduce a formal negative control study design and summarize existing negative control methods for detection, reduction, and correction of unmeasured confounding bias. It will then introduce the proximal causal learning framework, a generalization of negative controls.
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About Sentinel

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) leads the Sentinel Initiative. The main goal is to improve how FDA evaluates the safety and performance of medical products.

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How Sentinel Uses Data

The FDA uses Sentinel data to evaluate the safety of medical products. They also use Sentinel data to learn more about potential side effects.

Drug Assessments

How Sentinel Protects Privacy

Sentinel uses a distributed data approach. In this approach, data remain with the data owner, i.e., an insurance company. Also, data owners remove patient identifiers to protect privacy.

Privacy & Security

Where Sentinel Gets Its Data

Sentinel data come from existing sources. These includes insurance claims, electronic health records, and patient reports.

Who is Involved

What Data Sentinel Uses

Data from the health systems, insurance companies, or medical records can be used without personal information being shared to learn more about medical products.

Types of Data

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Sentinel Initiative Public Workshop – 13th Annual

The 13th Annual Sentinel Initiative Public Workshop convened on November 8-9, 2021. The workshop was held as a 2-day virtual webinar from 10:00am – 2:00pm each day, and provided an opportunity for attendees to discuss recent achievements and developments as well as engage with the broader community of patients, consumers, and scientific stakeholders.

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Methods, Data, & Tools

Sentinel has various methods and tools to support the evaluation of medical products. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientists use Sentinel data to complement their data and information.

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Data-Driven Impact

Approximately 70.6 million members are currently accruing new data in Sentinel
Key Database Statistics
193 scientific publications
Since the founding of the Sentinel Initiative in 2009, 193 scientific papers have been published
Scientific Publications
Since 2016, more than 30 Sentinel drug assessments have contributed to FDA regulatory actions or discussion
Drug Assessments

The Sentinel Community

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Data Partners & Collaborators

The FDA gets data for the Sentinel System through its Data Partners. The Data Partners are the ones who access, maintain, and protect the data in a distributed system. The Sentinel Coordinating Center partners with a network of collaborators. This includes Data Partners and Collaborating Institutions. Together, they provide healthcare data and scientific, technical, organizational expertise.

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Sentinel Structure

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1. Community Building and Outreach Center (CBOC)
2. Innovation Center (IC)
3. Sentinel Operations Center (SOC)

These centers collaborate to advance regulatory science using the Sentinel System. However, each center operates independently and has a dedicated leadership team and staff. The three centers each carry out projects associated with their strategic objectives.

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