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OCHIN earns PCORI award

Jennifer DeVoe, MD, is principal investigator

OCHIN logoA nearly $7 million award is being presented to OCHIN Inc. for a project aimed at developing and expanding a health-data network that will be part of a national research network. Jennifer DeVoe, MD, DPhil, OCHIN’s research director and an associate professor in OHSU Family Medicine, will serve as the principal investigator.

The award was one of 11 presented to clinical research data networks by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). OCHIN’s project, “Accelerating Data Value Across a National Community Health Center Network (ADVANCE),” was awarded $6,994,142 over 18 months. The project will allow OCHIN to be part of PCORnet: The National Patient-Centered National Clinical Research Network. This national network aims to increase the efficiency of health research.

Jennnifer DeVoe, MD, DPhilDeVoe, a physician researcher who sees patients at OHSU Family Medicine at Gabriel Park, has served as OCHIN’s research director for three years. OCHIN, a 17-state,non-profit health center controlled network (HCCN), and OHSU Family Medicine are frequent research collaborators.

“By collaborating across the nation we hope to provide results that will inform policy and improve patient and population health outcomes,” DeVoe said. “This opportunity with PCORI comes at a time when our nation is working to transform healthcare and needs the best evidence possible to ensure that care is more patient-centered. I’m so proud to be serving on this team.”

OCHIN’s project will use the PCORI funds to expand and improve its member and partner organization’s systems, standardize and contribute to developing policies governing data sharing and security and protection of patient privacy. It also will refine its capacity to engage and recruit patients and other stakeholders interested in participating in research.

ADVANCE was selected by PCORI through a review process assessing networks’ capacity to collect comprehensive clinical data, engage stakeholders and maintain data security and patient privacy. Only 39 percent of the applications were funded.

This is the second PCORI award that OCHIN has received. In December 2012, OCHIN was awarded $1.8 million over three years for a research project led by DeVoe, entitled “Innovative Methods for Parents and Clinics to Create Tools (IMPACCT) for Kids’ Care.” IMPACCT Kids’ Care works to provide patients and those who care for them with evidence-based information needed to make better-informed health and health-care decisions.

In November, DeVoe was honored with the Richard T. Jones New Investigator Award from the Medical Research Foundation of Oregon for her work at OCHIN that aims to improve access to care and health outcomes for low-income populations. DeVoe’s research has had a sizeable impact on health care policy in Oregon and nationwide.

PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed health care decisions. PCORI is committed to continuously seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.