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The AcademyHealth – Health Information Technology Interest Group hosted a webinar series on research networks and their relevance for the AcademyHealth community. The group is planning for 3-4 webinars in advance of the 2020 Annual Research Meeting and will begin the series with a presentation on PCORnet.

PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, is a large, highly representative, “network of networks” that enables access to data routinely gathered in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, doctors’ offices, and community clinics. With access to 66 million patients for observational studies and 30 million for clinical trials—in addition to research capabilities, patient partnerships, and broad array of health services researchers—PCORnet has established itself as a transformative resource for the conduct of reliable, meaningful, people-centered research. 

During this webinar, participants heard two principal investigators and leaders within the PCORnet community, Dr. Adrian Hernandez and Dr. Rainu Kaushal, discuss PCORnet’s infrastructure, how it works, and case examples of successful PCORnet-enabled studies that have brought meaningful insights to light in areas such as population health research, pragmatic clinical trials, real-world evidence studies, and more.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Introduce the basics of how research is conducted using PCORnet resources 
  • Learn how patient-centricity is integrated into PCORnet-enabled studies
  • Communicate the different types of research PCORnet can facilitate
  • Understand how to begin partnering with PCORnet for research

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