The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute announced two funding initiatives that will create the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network. PCORI will provide funds amounting to $56 million to aid the operations of as many as eight new or existing Clinical Data Research Networks that integrate and leverage their medical and financial information, such as health plan enrollment files, to support outcomes studies. In addition, 18 existing or new Patient-Powered Research Networks will receive a total of $12 million that they can use to improve programs that enable members to share data and participate in research, among other things.

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