The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) announced on April 23 that it is offering $68 million in funding opportunities to entities to develop a national patient-centered clinical research network.

BOSTON--“We’re in first place, but the wrong first place,” Leonard D’Avolio, PhD, director of the Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center (MAVERIC), said of the U.S. global ranking in healthcare costs at the Medical Informatics World Conference on April 8.  As the U.S. ranks only 37th in care, D’Avolio is on a mission to move the dial on healthcare delivery through a learning healthcare system.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) have established a strategic affiliation to foster joint research and educational programs that improve healthcare delivery.

Diagnostic errors can trigger unplanned hospitalizations, return visits or ER visits and put patients at greater health risk. More reviews of EHRs could help providers address the breakdowns causing missed, delayed or wrong diagnoses, according to a JAMA Internal Medicine study published on Feb. 25.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is offering grants of up to $250,000 for fast-track research that will provide evidence to inform policymakers in development of Meaningful Use Stage 3 EHR objectives.

Health IT and big data have the potential to revolutionize clinical research and, at the Columbia University Medical Center, the implementation of a centralized research data repository helped researchers produce more studies with more value, according to a case report published online Jan. 15 by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is awarding 25 research projects a total of $40.7 million over three years.

This month’s news includes coverage from the annual AHIMA convention, a substantial grant aimed at reducing medical errors associated with EHRs and new studies pointing out the benefits and flaws of current EHR systems.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded Oregon Health & Science University in Portland a $1 million grant to fund research aimed at reducing medical errors associated with EHRs.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is funneling an estimated $3.5 billion into comparative effectiveness research, but little of this research translates into clinical practice. Five factors holding it back need to be addressed, according to an article published in the October issue of Health Affairs.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has got the wrong idea. With its funding scheduled to expire in 2019, the organization should be focused on specific clinical questions that comparative effectiveness research can answer quickly and decisively rather than the broad research priorities outlined in its agenda, according to an article by Harold C. Sox, MD, published in the October issue of Health Affairs.

BOSTON—Healthcare research hits a “valley of death” before hitting the market, according to David Steinberg, MBA. Entities to facilitate a healthcare product’s progression from basic research to clinical practice could change that.