Collaborative network supports research to improve health care

Leaders from nine Patient-Centered Network of Learning Health Systems (LHSNet) sites around the nation gathered at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, to begin work on the collaborative network funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), a part of PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network.

"The goal of the kick-off meeting was to provide a forum for LHSNet partners to get to know each other and each partner organization as a first step toward building long-term collaborations and relationships," says Veronique L. Roger, M.D., principal investigator.

Other highlights of the meeting included finalization of workgroups, milestone strategy and tactics, and planning for sustainability discussions. The group participated in a mentoring videoconference with Phase I grant leaders to hear their "lessons learned."

"The two-day meeting was essential to put names with faces and learn more about the colleagues we will be working with for the next three years and learn from those who have experience with PCORnet," says Sundeep Khosla, M.D., co-principal investigator.

In addition to Mayo Clinic, organizations represented included:

  • Allina Health System
  • Arizona State University
  • Essentia Health
  • Intermountain Healthcare
  • Medica Research Institute
  • The Ohio State University
  • Olmsted County Public Health
  • University of Michigan

About PCORnet

PCORnet is a large collaborative initiative designed to link researchers, patient communities, clinicians and health systems in productive research partnerships that leverage the power of large volumes of health data maintained by the partner networks. PCORnet will enable the nation to conduct clinical research more quickly and less expensively, and ensure that research focuses on the questions and outcomes that matter most to patients and those who care for them.

PCORnet consists of two types of networks working toward that combined goal: clinical data research networks and patient-powered research networks.

Mayo Clinic is involved with both types of networks and received awards for:


For more information about these awards, contact:

Alex K. Alexander