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Researchers Hope New Data Collaborative Will Lower Health Care Costs, Improve Treatment


If you get checked by a doctor in the Marshfield Clinic System, you may soon have a better diagnosis thanks to a new program that will link ten health centers in the nation together.

The Greater Plains Collaborative, part of the Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet), will link ten medical centers across seven states to provide evidence to help patients and their caregivers make better-informed decisions.

Marshfield Clinic, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health are part of the new network.

Doctors say that by sharing information with other health facilities, it will cost you less for health care in the long run, and you'll get better diagnosis thanks to the large data base.

"Instead of trying out treatments that may not work for you and then trying out other treatments and other treatments, and going down that kind of path, we'll be able to select the right treatment for you from the beginning," Director of Human Genetics Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation Murray Brilliant said.

According to a news release, patient information in the network will be “de-identified,” meaning it will not contain any of the 12 elements that could be used to identify a person.

Investing more than $100 million in developing PCORnet, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) was created through the Affordable Care Act to fund comparative clinical-effectiveness research, the release said.

The Greater Plains Collaborative expands the number of active patients whose medical information will be available to each institution to 6 million patients, considerably increasing the amount of information for physicians and researchers.


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