The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has awarded an 18-month, $7 million contract to Children’s Hospital Colorado and seven peer institutions for a proposal called “A National Pediatric Learning Health System (PEDSnet).” PEDSnet is a national pediatric learning health system that will boost efficiency in health research.
The proposal calls for creating a national, pediatric-specific learning health system composed of a newly formed multi-institutional clinical data research network. Michael Kahn, MD, PhD, Director, Clinical Informatics in the Division of Quality and Patient Safety, will serve as the Colorado site principal investigator.
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“This multidisciplinary collaboration with PEDSnet allows researchers, patients and clinicians to interact directly and jointly to determine research priorities,” said Kahn, “PEDSnet will reduce the time and effort needed to launch new studies and focus research on questions and outcomes – meaning we will have innovative research from the “bench to bedside” which will ultimately benefit the care of not only children and families at Children’s Colorado but across the nation.”
This network calls for leading pediatric centers across the country to collaborate by sharing data from electronic health records and covers three topical areas including: inflammatory bowel disease, congenital heart disease and obesity.