The Mid-South Clinical Data Research Network, led by Vanderbilt University Institute for Medicine and Public Health’s Dr. Russell Rothman, has been approved for a three-year, $8.5 million funding award from the independent Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to expand its efforts to improve healthcare throughout the Southeast.
The Mid-South CDRN is one of 11 clinical data research networks in the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet) that were approved last month for a second round of funding by PCORI’s Board of Governors.
By harnessing electronic health records, information technology and a robust support infrastructure, the networks can conduct pragmatic clinical studies and comparative effectiveness research involving millions of patients, said Rothman, principal investigator of the Mid-South CDRN and assistant vice chancellor for Population Health Research at Vanderbilt.
The studies will “help us improve how we deliver health care in this country…and allow us to rapidly and efficiently answer a lot of big questions that address patients’ real needs,” he said, and noted that the Mid-South CDRN will focus on improving treatments and outcomes for health conditions ranging from heart disease, diabetes and cancer to sickle cell anemia, sleep apnea, autism and arthritis.
It also is participating in national studies addressing the optimal dose of aspirin in patients with coronary heart disease, and optimal surgical approaches for obesity. The goal is to rapidly translate research findings into clinical practice.
“This outstanding and nationally recognized project provides a foundation for and establishes collaborative partnerships between the discovery and care delivery enterprises to accelerate our delivery system into a learning organization with the promise of improving the quality of care and better health outcomes for the people we serve,” said Dr. Robert Dittus, associate vice chancellor for Public Health and Health Care and director of the Institute for Medicine and Public Health.
Established in early 2014 with a $6.9 million PCORI award, the Mid-South CDRN initially brought together the Vanderbilt Health System, the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network and Greenway Health, a national EHR company.
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