Why PCORnet Exists

Improving Our National Infrastructure to Conduct Comparative Effectiveness Research

PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, will transform clinical research by engaging patients, care providers, and health systems in collaborative partnerships to improve healthcare and advance medical knowledge. By bringing research and patient care together, this innovative health data network will be able to explore the questions that matter most to patients and their families.

Vast amounts of valuable health information are created every day during routine patient visits. But opportunities to use this information for research are often missed because the networks that hold this information cannot easily communicate or collaborate with each other. However, by building clinical research into the healthcare process and by working directly with patients and their advocates, PCORnet will be able to provide the answers that patients need quickly, efficiently, and at a lower cost than previously possible. Furthermore, PCORnet’s unique focus on collaboration means that patients will be directly involved in making decisions about research priorities and efforts that will protect patient privacy and ensure data security.

PCORnet represents a unique opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of patients and their families. Until now, we have been unable to answer many of the most important questions affecting health and healthcare. But by combining the knowledge and insights of patients, caregivers, and researchers in a revolutionary network with carefully controlled access to rich sources of health data, we will be able to respond to patient’s priorities and speed the creation of new knowledge to guide treatment on a national scale.

Last updated on May 16, 2014