- MedStar Health is the first provider to join the Cerner Learning Health Network to provide health systems and clinical research organization with resources to more efficiently conduct medical studies.
- As a member of the network, MedStar Health has the opportunity to leverage the Cerner EHR and HealtheIntent to support research.
- The network automates de-identified clinical data collection from participating members into a database that health systems can access for approved clinical research.
MedStar Health announced it is a founding member and first health system to join the Cerner Learning Health Network, an innovation platform designed to enhance clinical research and patient care through cross-industry collaboration. The purpose of the Cerner Learning Health Network is to provide health systems and clinical research organizations with resources to more efficiently conduct medical studies that ultimately help advance health care for patients and clinicians.
Cerner Learning Health Network Benefits for MedStar Health
As a member of the network, MedStar Health has the opportunity to leverage the Cerner EHR and HealtheIntent to support research. As Cerner continues to develop new tools and innovations to further advance research, MedStar Health and other members will be supported with these cutting-edge solutions while they utilize the network to conduct studies that can help solve some of healthcare’s biggest challenges.
The network automates de-identified clinical data collection from participating members into a database that health systems can access for approved clinical research. These health systems will have opportunities to participate in a variety of research studies, as well as propose their own research ideas.
Supporting Data Privacy with De-Identified Clinical Data
Maintaining data privacy protections is a critical component of the Cerner Learning Health Network. The network only supports de-identified data, which will not be permitted to leave Cerner’s monitored systems nor will it be shared without direct project-based consent.
Clinical Data Oversight by Governance Board to Review & Approve All Use Cases
All uses of clinical data in the network will be overseen by a governance board so that data are only used for legitimate research purposes. The governance board will include patient representation, leading researchers and an ethicist to review all use cases. As one of the first members of this research network, MedStar Health will be a part of the governance board.
“We are proud to be one of the first health systems in this innovative approach to clinical research,” said Neil J. Weissman, MD, president of MedStar Health Research Institute and chief scientific officer for MedStar Health. “Using a network of academic health systems, linked with streamlined electronic data, will transform the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical trials.”
Source: HIT Consultant