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The Meta-network Learning and Research Center (Meta-LARC) is dedicated to increasing the quality, effectiveness, and safety of primary care through accelerated research and collaborative learning. The Center provides a home for seven PBRNs comprising almost 1,000 primary care practices and 7,000 clinicians who care for over 3 million patients in rural, urban, and underserved communities. Meta-LARC provides a robust infrastructure capable of managing large clinical trials and practice transformation initiatives. The size of the consortium and partnerships with institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) programs facilitates a broad range of Health Information Technology and Meaningful Use projects. Meta-LARC is a voice for PBRN research and works together through common infrastructure that promotes continuous learning and the development of practices for evidence dissemination and knowledge transfer.

Meta-LARC is funded through a five-year P-30 award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded OHSU/ORPRN the first task order of its ACTION 4 (Accelerating Change and Transformation in Organizations and Networks) contract.

The goal of this task order, "Integrating Patient-Generated Digital Health Data into Electronic Health Records in Ambulatory Care Settings," is to produce a practical guide that helps accelerate AHRQ's efforts to provide knowledge and resources to ambulatory care practices. The guide will show how to integrate patient-generated digital health (PGDH) data into electronic health records (EHRs) created by other vendors.

The project team is comprised of four main groups: An OHSU ORPRN/Family Medicine team, Duke University, OCHIN, and a technical expert panel. Duke University, a national leader in digital health and data science, will conduct an environmental scan to establish the current state of integrated PGDH data.

Based on findings and recommendations from the environmental scan, OCHIN will lead development of the guide for ambulatory care providers. The technical expert panel will provide real-world experience on collecting, integrating, and viewing PGDH data. OCHIN is a national leader in integrating health data for virtual care, and supports integrated IT solutions with practical guides.

The team at OHSU will oversee and monitor the environmental scan and guide development, facilitate input from the technical expert panel, and promote cross-project and team collaboration. This group will be led by Deborah Cohen, PhD, from the Department of Family Medicine, with executive support from Bruce Goldberg, MD, and project management support from LeAnn Michaels, BS, and Martha Snow, MPH, of ORPRN.