Kaiser Permanente will put its longtime IT expertise to work in building a clinical data network aimed at improving patient outcomes in cancer, heart disease and obesity, HIEWatch reports.
Funded with a $7 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
, the network is one of 29 projects approved for a total of $93.5 million to form PCORnet: the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, which seeks to improve the efficiency of health research.
This network called Kaiser Permanente & Strategic Partners Patient Outcomes Research To Advance Learning, or PORTAL will convene four healthcare delivery systems: Kaiser Permanente, Group Health Cooperative, HealthPartners and Denver Health. It will also include the 11 research centers affiliated with those systems, and the patients, clinicians and operational leaders to develop the infrastructure necessary to conduct comparative effectiveness research. It will develop data systems necessary to conduct studies with patients in three areas: colorectal cancer, severe congenital heart disease and obesity.
During the next 18 months, the Kaiser Permanente-led team will use the PCORI funds to expand and improve its research systems, continue work on standardizing its data for research and participate in developing policies for the national network that govern data sharing and security and protection of patient privacy, officials say...