PCORI to invest $68 million for national comparative effectiveness research network

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute plans to spend roughly $68 million to support creation of a national "data-rich infrastructure" geared toward the advancement of comparative effectiveness research, it announced this week. According to PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, such a network could help to bring together patients, researchers and healthcare systems in support of "efficient" and "effective" research efforts.

"We see this initiative, unlike many past efforts, as an opportunity to bring together the many sectors within healthcare that can be both sources and users of the types of rich clinical data that, if carefully and appropriately gathered and used, can significantly advance patient-centered CER," he said. "We know that this won't be easy, but we believe the results will be more than worth the effort." Announcement

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