PCORnet Health Systems Demonstration Project

Project Summary

This project leveraged the PCORnet Common Data Model to engage healthcare systems leaders and clinicians across CDRNs to identify and prioritize a set of data-driven research activities of interest to both health systems and clinicians. The research questions examined features of healthcare delivery that might influence outcomes relevant to patients, comparative clinical effectiveness of various aspects of care delivery, and issues commonly faced by health systems communities.

Project Aims

The Mid-South CDRN developed a work group comprised of executive and clinical leadership from our health systems, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, as well as representatives from our patient and stakeholder engagement team and CDRN leadership. Topics of the discussion for the work group included: hospital readmissions, emergency department usage, the “Choosing Wisely” campaign, quality metrics and core vital statistics, psychosocial determinants of health, addressing patient wellness, and comparative effectiveness research.

The project aims were to 1) demonstrate the CDRN’s ability to use robust EHR and claims data for identification of target populations and for observational research, 2) identify and contact patients to collect an array of patient reported outcomes, and 3) demonstrate analytic capacities for comparative effectiveness and pragmatic research.


Grantee Institution: Mid-South Clinical Data Research Network
Mid-South PI: Russell Rothman, MD MPP
Funding Source: PCORI
Participating Mid-South Sites: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network

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