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Cores, Facilities & Resources

Facilities

The Sigfried and Janet Weis Center, which opened in 1987, provides 65,000 square feet of modern laboratory facilities for basic and translational research. The 64,000-square foot Henry Hood Center for Health Research provides programmatic space for the two centers. This state-of-the-art "green" building, which was inaugurated in 2007, includes a 300-seat auditorium, 150-seat multi-purpose room, several conference rooms for 20 people each, and a focus group room that accommodates up to 14 participants.


Cores & Resources

Geisinger promotes a high caliber of scholarship and research by providing Geisinger's scientific community with state-of-the-art facilities and resources, and extensive research support.

Biostatistics Core

The Biostatistics Core (BC) provides biostatistical analysis support to Geisinger investigators, physician-scientists and clinicians, and is an indispensable quantitative resource for interpreting and understanding clinical data and furthering biomedical investigations. The BC provides research support for large grants as well as to residents, fellows and physicians.

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Investigator-Initiated Research Operations

The office of Investigator-Initiated Research Operations (IIRO) provides scientific and project management support for investigator-initiated research studies. The staff will collaborate with Geisinger clinician investigators, fellows and residents who wish to develop a research project, with or without the financial support of a sponsor. Working closely with other cores as needed, IIRO staff offers investigators individual assistance in study protocol development and implementation. Essential functions include assisting investigators in defining a study's scope, method, objectives and endpoints; ensuring consistency with Geisinger's mission; assisting with protocol writing, editing and review; IRB submission and regulatory management; and manuscript/abstract drafting and submission, as needed.

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Office of Clinical Research Operations

The Office of Clinical Research Operations (OCRO) supports clinical trials research throughout the Geisinger Health System. With a staff of nurse coordinators, research assistants and regulatory support, the OCRO offers assistance throughout every stage of the clinical trial process. OCRO staff provides expertise in feasibility assessment, drafting staffing hours for study budgets, preparing IRB submissions and operationalizing and conducting trials, including high-quality data collection, closure and archiving, as needed. Contact us early in the planning process to help ensure adequate staffing is available.

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Phenomic Analytics and Clinical Data Core

The Phenomic Analytics and Clinical Data Core (PACDC) provides collaborative phenotypic development and research data support to GHS investigators, clinicians, residents and fellows. Its services include data extraction from multiple data sources, data organization and modeling, survey data capture, data visualization, terminology and ontology management, and electronic phenotype development. It acts as an institutional data broker to obtain data for research studies.

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Survey Research and Recruitment Core

The Survey Research and Recruitment Core (SRRC) combines state-of-the-art technology and highly trained interviewers to provide cutting-edge data collection and recruitment for your research study. Staff can perform computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI), provide recruiting for research visits, field a web survey or distribute printed mail surveys. The SRRC management team can offer insight into survey best practices to help you develop a study that delivers quality data in an efficient, cost-effective manner. A new expansion of expertise includes development of survey instruments including pilot testing, cognitive testing and assessment for biased reporting.

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System-Wide Electronic Health Record

Geisinger is one of the country's "most wired" healthcare companies with an electronic health record (EHR) in all outpatient clinics, patient portal and other digital means of delivering care. The EHR database contains information on more than three million patients. These records are utilized by clinicians for both inpatient and outpatient records with integrated electronic scheduling, clinical lab and radiology system.

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Geisinger Medical Laboratories

Geisinger Medical Laboratories (GML) consists of a highly standardized and integrated network of five hospital laboratories and over 50 regional site laboratories.

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High-Performance Medical Computing Core

The high-performance core specializes in genomic analytics, machine learning, data visualization, predictive analytics, image analytics and advanced decisions support algorithms.

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Stable Regional Population

Recent census data indicate that, with the exception of two counties, the out migration rate is four percent every five years. This stable population provides unique opportunities for longitudinal research.

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Geisinger Health Plan

Geisinger Health Plan (GHP) is the insurance component of Geisinger Health System. Begun in 1985, GHP is headquartered in Danville, Pa. GHP has received national recognition for providing high-quality, affordable healthcare benefits. Coverage is available for businesses of all sizes, individuals and families, Medicare beneficiaries, Children's Health Insurance Program and medical assistance recipients. For more information, please visit TheHealthPlan.com.

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Human Research Protection Program

The Human Resource Protection Program (HRPP) is an institutional program to protect individuals who participate in research. It provides administrative support to the Institutional Review Board and assists staff to promote the protection of the participants of research. HRPP staff provides guidance to investigators in the proposal process, design and conduct of human subjects research; develops educational resources and programs for research staff; and reviews research for quality purposes and compliance with applicable federal law and local policies.

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Data Warehousing and Translational Research

Real-time unfettered access to data from disparate sources, including an EHR system accelerates translational research and provides the foundation for comparative effectiveness studies. GHS has created a comprehensive enterprise-level data warehouse. The warehouse receives feeds from multiple-source systems, including our EHR, financial decision support, claims and patient satisfaction surveys. The source data are transformed through a standard "extract-transform-load" (ETL) process. Expansion to additional data source systems (e.g., niche specialty systems such as oncology) is being accomplished in stages and will eventually encompass all high-value data sources. Clinical Decision Intelligence System (CDIS) is transforming opportunities for comparative effectiveness research. A de-identified research version of CDIS is accelerating the means by which data can be used to advance knowledge.

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IT and Health Services Infrastructure

The Geisinger Center for Health Research (CHR) and Information Technology (IT) department have built a research IT environment to accelerate IT-related health services research. This resource reflects an important cultural shift at GHS (i.e., emphasizing more collaboration between the IT department and the CHR) and facilitates inter-institutional collaborations around novel translational approaches to re-engineer how healthcare is delivered. The test environment ensures system level data security, while providing the flexibility needed by researchers to explore the use of novel IT solutions in healthcare.

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