Kaiser Permanente Gets $7 Million to Make PORTAL
The network will develop data systems necessary to conduct studies with patients in colorectal cancer, severe congenital heart disease and obesity.Health care provider Kaiser Permanente has been awarded a contract of nearly $7 million to take advantage of the company’s expertise in health care research to build a data network aimed at improving patient outcomes in colorectal cancer, heart disease and obesity. The Patient Outcomes Research To Advance Learning, known as PORTAL, is a network that brings together four health care delivery systems (Kaiser Permanente, Group Health Cooperative, HealthPartners and Denver Health), the 11 research centers affiliated with these systems, and patients, clinicians and operational leaders to develop the infrastructure necessary to conduct comparative effectiveness research. PORTAL is led by principal investigator Elizabeth McGlynn, PhD, director of Kaiser Permanente's Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research, and co-principal investigator Tracy Lieu, MD, director of Kaiser Permanente Northern California's Division of Research. The clinical data research network is one of 29 individual network projects that were approved for a total of $93.5 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in December to form PCORnet, a resource that aims to boost the efficiency of health research.
The network will develop data systems necessary to conduct studies with patients in three areas: colorectal cancer, severe congenital heart disease and obesity.