The Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN) is a consortium of 19 integrated health systems and health maintenance organizations - and more than 1,400 scientists and research staff - with electronic medical records that use population-based research to improve healthcare. The HCSRN has a virtual data warehouse that supports research studies on cancer, drug safety, cardiovascular disease, mental health and other issues, while also protecting patient privacy and proprietary interests. The consortium has more than a dozen scientific interest groups that promote research in areas such as aging, genomics, obesity, child health, rural health and cancer.
The following are some HCSRN projects that Geisinger has participated in, either in the past or currently:
Scalable Partnering Network for Comparative Effectiveness Research: Across lifespan, conditions and settings (SPAN): The objectives of SPAN are to develop a distributed research network that 1) is interoperable across a range of healthcare systems; 2) permits menu-driven querying of data; and 3) utilizes patient-level data for analyses.
Supreme-DM: The overall goal of this Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded project, conducted 2010 through 2013, was to develop a comprehensive, longitudinal clinical registry of a population of approximately 1.3 million insured patients with diabetes mellitus, and a similar database of all members without diabetes from 11 integrated healthcare delivery systems.
Two other HCSRN projects are the Cancer Research Network (CRN) and the Cardiovascular Research Network (CVRN). The CRN comprises nine nonprofit research centers based in integrated healthcare delivery systems, and six affiliate sites. CRN research focuses on the characteristics of patients, clinicians, communities and health systems that lead to the best possible outcomes in cancer prevention and care.