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Kaiser Permanente-Led Team to Become Integral Part of New National Clinical Research Network
Date:1/10/2014

OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A new contract of nearly $7 million will take advantage of Kaiser Permanente's pioneering expertise in health care research to build a data network aimed at improving patient outcomes in colorectal cancer, heart disease and obesity.

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The Kaiser Permanente-led clinical data research network is one of 29 individual network projects that were approved for a total of $93.5 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute on Dec. 17, 2013 to form PCORnet: the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, a new resource that aims to boost the efficiency of health research.

The Kaiser Permanente & Strategic Partners Patient Outcomes Research To Advance Learning, known as PORTAL, is a new network that brings together four leading health care delivery systems (Kaiser Permanente, Group Health Cooperative, HealthPartners and Denver Health), the 11 research centers affiliated with these systems, and patients, clinicians and operational leaders to develop the infrastructure necessary to conduct comparative effectiveness research.

PORTAL is led by principal investigator Elizabeth McGlynn, PhD, director of Kaiser Permanente's Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research, and co-principal investigator Tracy Lieu, MD, director of Kaiser Permanente Northern California's Division of Research.  The network will develop data systems necessary to conduct studies with patients in three areas: colorectal cancer, severe congenital heart disease and obesity.

"The PCORI award represents an important next step in the 20-year journey of Kaiser Permanente and its partners to realize the vision of becoming learning health care organizations, that is, to be able to ask a
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