CAPriCORN is the Chicago Area Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network. The consortium is committed to working together to develop, test and implement strategies to improve care for diverse residents in the metropolitan Chicago region in order to improve health care quality, health outcomes and health equity. CAPriCORN builds upon the strengths of its member institutions — which includes Rush University — and the wisdom of those who provide health care and those who seek health care to develop a network and infrastructure for sustainable and patient-centered comparative effectiveness research in Chicago.
CAPriCORN, one of eleven originally funded Clinical Data Research Networks in Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network
, represents a unique opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of patients and their families. Until now, we have been unable to answer many of the most important questions affecting health and health care. But by combining the knowledge and insights of patients, caregivers and researchers in a revolutionary network with carefully controlled access to rich sources of health data, we can respond to patients’ priorities and speed the creation of new knowledge to guide treatment on a local, regional and national scale.
Vast amounts of valuable health information are created every day during routine patient visits. But opportunities to use this information for research are often missed because the networks that hold it cannot easily communicate or collaborate with each other. By building clinical research into the health care process and by working directly with patients and their advocates, CAPriCORN can provide the answers that patients need quickly, efficiently and at a lower cost than previously possible. Furthermore, CAPriCORN’s unique focus on collaboration means that patients are directly involved in making decisions about research priorities and efforts that protect patient privacy and ensure data security.
Rush University is proud to be a CAPriCORN member institution and seeks the following objectives through its work in the organization:
- Connecting patients and their communities to data that is meaningful in informing their health decisions
- Supporting the evolution of faculty and staff to become knowledgeable managers who use data from clinical care to accelerate innovation and to drive continuous process improvement in patient-centered outcomes research
- Promoting Rush’s role in health innovation as part of a unique pan-Chicago consortium that is a national resource to the nation for improving patient-centered outcomes
- Building and sustaining an infrastructure at Rush to support the growth of health care professionals in the principles of a learning health system