NIH funds will strengthen national capacity for cost-effective, large-scale clinical studies Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Funds, totaling approximately $11.3 million, will support the first year of the Health Care Systems (HCS) Research Collaboratory, which will engage health care systems as research partners in conducting large-scale clinical studies. The funds are managed through the Common Fund at the National Institutes of Health.

Health care systems, which include health maintenance organizations and other large integrated care settings, see large populations of patients. By partnering with these entities, NIH will be able to conduct large-scale and more cost-effective clinical research within the settings where patients are already receiving their care.

“The HCS Research Collaboratory represents a paradigm shift in clinical research. These institutions will move us beyond traditional methods of participant-level randomized clinical trials to more broad-based, real-world settings,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “Partnerships with health care systems offer an opportunity to transform research and ultimately improve America’s health.”

Health care delivery organizations have played valuable roles in a number of research projects and health surveillance activities funded by NIH and other agencies. The HCS Research Collaboratory aims to expand this partnership. These initial awards will develop implementation methods and best practices that will enable the participation of multiple health care systems in conducting high impact clinical studies Read more