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HealthCore Invites Community-based Practitioners to Participate in 'Real-world' Research Network
Date:6/9/2009

said Dr. Javed Butler, director of heart failure research for the cardiology division of Emory University School of Medicine and a member of the IRN(sm) advisory board. "In my field, we can improve significantly on prevention aspects of cardiovascular disease and control of risk factors, which will help decrease the risk not only for heart failure but strokes and heart attacks."

"The IRN(sm) is designed to help me and others obtain patient clinical and lifestyle information to better treat our patients," Butler said. "In addition, the IRN(sm) can also help us prepare for outpatient quality measures that will eventually tie payment to quality of care."

The IRN(sm), a collaborative research community, brings together physicians, hospital leaders, clinical researchers, pharmacists and other health care providers to identify clinical issues for study, provide clinical data for ongoing studies, respond to health surveys, and recruit and enroll patients in comparative effectiveness studies in real-world settings. The IRN(sm) can also provide practice diversification and additional income to physicians who choose to participate in specific studies.

"Not only will the IRN(sm) serve as the conduit for collecting information, but it will allow physicians to take a more hands-on role in shaping the studies," said Dr. Louise Short, IRN(sm) medical director for HealthCore. "Ultimately, the information the IRN(sm) produces will help health care providers personalize medicine for the individual patient and deliver safer, more efficient and higher quality health care."

Registered physicians who agree to be involved in a particular study can work with the IRN(sm) on an ongoing basis as subject matter experts advising on the type of data to be collected, recording clinical information and participating in prospective and comparative effectiveness studies. Physicians will be compensated for their
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