National Grant For Center Researchers to Integrate Data from Over 21 Million Patients

Written by Robert Muschler, Masters of Public Administration candidate (2015), Sol Price School of Public Policy

Researchers
at the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics at
University of Southern California are a part of a team that has been awarded
funding to create a stakeholder-governed network to integrate data from
existing sources currently covering over 21 million patients. The Schaeffer
Center and their partners were selected for this grant by the Patient-Centered
Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) which is an independent nonprofit
organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to conduct research aimed at
helping both patients and healthcare providers make informed decisions.

 

The
newly created network called the patient-centered SCAlable National Network for
Effectiveness Research (pSCANNER) will integrate data from the University of
California Research eXchange (UCReX), VA Informatics and Computing
Infrastructure (VINCI) and the SCAlable National Network from Effectiveness
Research (SCANNER). Tapping these existing data bases with their proven success
and effectiveness will allow for advances in the research capabilities of
scholars, as well as improvements in outcomes for patients.

 

Researchers
will utilize the networks capabilities to study Congestive Heart Failure,
Kawasaki Disease, and Obesity. Patients, patient advocates, domain experts,
health services research, clinicians and administrators from across the country
have agreed to contribute to the governance of pSCANNER, as well as the
prioritization of research questions.

 

By
forming this network and allowing secure access of patient information to
researchers across the country, strides can be made in these important fields
of research. PCORI, the Schaeffer Center, and their many partners are focused
on providing the high-quality data, research and analysis, that will be
translated into better practices and outcomes for clinicians and patients
alike. This most recent award is a testament to these goals and allows for
another step to be taken toward alleviating the effects of these very serious
health conditions, and improving the lives of those afflicted by them.

Learn more about this award on the PCORI website,  here.