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NYC-CDRN (Phase 2) Research Summary

Investigator: Rainu Kaushal, MD, Weill Cornell Medicine


The INSIGHT Clinical Research Network was founded with support from PCORI to join its PCORnet program. Our mission is to create an accessible, sustainable, scalable clinical data network to facilitate patient-centered research, learning healthcare systems and the national research network PCORnet. We have focused our efforts on the following:

  • Creating thoughtful privacy policies that protect the identities of individual patients, clinicians, and health systems
  • Establishing a de-identified database with clinical data on at least 1 million New Yorkers
  • Engaging patients, caregivers, and clinicians in network governance and decision making
  • Embedding research activities in the delivery of health care to minimize the burden on patients, clinicians, and health systems
  • Developing a high-functioning, sustainable governance structure

The INSIGHT CRN brings together many institutions—including health systems, medical colleges, patient engagement organizations, research institutions, health information exchanges, and government agencies—that have agreed to share data, develop common tools and services, and support patient-centered collaborative research. Participating institutions include academic medical centers and a practice-based research network of federally qualified health centers.

In Phase II we will build on our strong Phase I progress to create a network that can facilitate patient-centered research and improve health and healthcare delivery. Our initial focus is on three important conditions, namely diabetes, obesity, and cystic fibrosis. To help researchers compare and investigate new treatments, we have built a secure database for medical research at the New York Genome Center that protects the identities of patients and physicians. We are also able to access rich data sources at each of our institutions. Our network will continue to meet the highest standards of privacy and security by consulting with our central institutional review board at the Biomedical Research Alliance of New York, and with other security and privacy experts.