Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute Awarded $9 Million

PCORI awarded Harvard Pilgrim Health Care with a grant to coordinate national medical database.

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The Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) recently awarded Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute’s Department of Population Medicine $9 million to work as the Coordinating Center of a new nationwide data network. The network is being created in an effort to improve patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER).

The Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Institute’s Department of Population Medicine (the DPM) is a collaboration between Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and Harvard Medical School. Founded in 1993, the DPM is the only appointing medical school department based in a healthcare plan. The DPM conducts medical research to gather data for better patient care.

In April, PCORI pledged $68 million dollars to support a new initiative — the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network — whose goal is to improve medical communication and enhance research capabilities through a network of representative data from patients nationwide.

After receiving eight detailed proposals over the course of the summer, PCORI considered the DPM’s to be the strongest. The department was awarded $9 million and appointed the database’s Coordinating Center last week.

Rachael Fleurence, PCORI’s CER Methods and Infrastructure Program Director, said in a press release:

“We had several compelling proposals to consider but in the end, the Harvard Pilgrim team’s proposal stood out as the strongest, with an impressive track record of relevant experience and high-caliber expertise.”

Using the $9 million awarded by PCORI, the DPM will work with two different groups of researchers — one made up of health professionals and one made up of patients interested in contributing and will foster communication between the two groups and assist the groups in compiling gathered data into a national database.