By Sam Baker - 01/31/13 07:53 PM EST
Carolyn Clancy will step down as director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Health and Human Services Department said Thursday.
Clancy has been at AHRQ since 2003, where she has focused on grants and research to improve patient safety as well as the quality and efficiency of the healthcare system. She will remain on the job for the next few months during the search for her replacement.
Click here to read Healthwatch’s 2011 profile of Clancy.
ResearchAmerica, which represents medical researchers, praised Clancy for understanding the importance of solid data in improving the delivery system.
"Clancy recognizes the importance of empowering patients with information to understand their health care needs and make informed decisions, and empowering health care leaders with the evidence needed to bring the right care to the right patient at the right time," ResearchAmerica president Mary Woolley said in a statement. "Hers is an important and lasting legacy."