PCORI invests $93.5m in data network to support patient-centered research

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has approved a $93.5m grant to support 29 clinical research data networks that together will form an ambitious new resource known as PCORnet.

PCORI envisions PCORnet to be a secure, national data network that improves the speed, efficiency, and use of patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER). By integrating data available in the 29 individual networks, PCORnet aims to provide access to a large amount of diverse, nationally representative health information that can support a range of study designs. It will reduce the time and effort needed to launch new studies and focus research on questions and outcomes especially useful to patients and those who care for them.

Moreover, PCORnet will join together networks operated by both patient communities and health systems and will require patients’ and other stakeholders’ involvement in all aspects of the collection and use of the data. By enabling researchers and patients, clinicians, and other end-users of study results to interact directly and jointly determine research priorities, such as the selection of specific studies to support, PCORnet aims to advance the shift in clinical research from investigator-driven to patient-centered studies.