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

involvement in research studies.

When data collection for a study is complete, this information can be combined with HealthCore's administrative claims information, including medical and pharmacy utilization, eligibility and benefit level information, and laboratory results on millions of patients. HealthCore's staff includes many high-level health service researchers who analyze data and produce study results that can be applied in real-word medical practice at the point of care.

"It's rare for research to combine administrative claims data with clinical data," said Short. "Yet, when we can integrate both types of data and draw on the clinical practice experience of hundreds of physicians in the IRN(sm) to make the data analyses more relevant, it helps us answer challenging medical questions in a way that is more relevant to everyday clinical practice."

One example of this is HealthCore's work on a two-year, multi-center prospective, observational study for patients with Type 2 diabetes on a specific therapy. The study is following outcomes and assessing the clinical effectiveness in a real-world setting.

HealthCore has worked with academia, government, pharmaceutical companies and health plans for more than 15 years and published hundreds of posters and manuscripts, with research appearing in publications such as the American Heart Journal, Health Affairs, Archives of Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinical Proceedings, Clinical Therapy and Managed Care Pharmacy.

About HealthCore

HealthCore, based in Wilmington, Del., is the clinical outcomes research subsidiary of WellPoint. HealthCore has a team of highly experienced researchers including physicians, biostatisticians, pharmacists, epidemiologists, health economists and other scientists who study the "real world" safety and effectiveness of drugs, medical devices and care management interventions. HealthCore offers insi
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