Having a comprehensive national compendium of data about which tests and treatments work best for specific conditions would provide an inestimable advantage to care for doctors and patients alike.

It is why PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, was developed. And Peter Margolis, MD, PhD, James Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence, will help make it a reality. Margolis was recently chosen to chair the PCORnet Steering Committee.

PCORnet (www.pcornet.org) is a $100 million initiative of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Its goal is to improve the nation’s capacity and efficiency in conducting comparative effectiveness research – research that helps determine what works best for patients with specific conditions. PCORnet will do this by creating a large, representative network for conducting clinical outcomes research.

PCORI was authorized by Congress to conduct research to provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and their healthcare providers make more informed decisions. PCORI’s research is intended to give patients a better understanding of available prevention, treatment and care options, and the science that supports those options.

Margolis is also principal investigator of the ImproveCareNow Network (www.improvecarenow.org) and co-principal investigator of PEDSnet.