SCANNER: Scalable National Network for Effectiveness Research
The SCAlable National Network for Effectiveness Research (SCANNER) project is a multi-site research project led by University of California, San Diego. Research comparing the effectiveness of clinical interventions is critical to achieving a high quality, efficient healthcare system. Yet research conducted across institutions is subject to different state laws and regulations as well as institution-specific policies intended to protect privacy and security of health information. This patchwork of laws and policies has previously been an obstacle to comparative effectiveness research (CER). The goal of SCANNER is to overcome this obstacle by developing and demonstrating a scalable, flexible technical infrastructure for distributed research networks that enables near real-time CER consistent with privacy and security laws and best practices. SCANNER institutions in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and federal Veteran's Administration will share data in three CER studies: medication safety surveillance comparing efficacy of antiplatelets and anticoagulants; medication therapy management for patients with diabetes and hypertension; and informational interventions for providers in the treatment of acute respiratory infections.
SCANNER has 3 specific aims:
- Develop and encode a flexible policy model
- Implement a secure and scalable network
- Demonstrate feasibility of the network for observational and interventional comparative effectiveness research studies
Katherine Kim is the SF State researcher leading the team in developing the policy model. Click on the links below to learn more.
The SFSU SCANNER team completed the patient focus groups and staff interviews at the three SCANNER sites. Qualitative analysis is ongoing. The team is now working on the quantitative survey portion to learn more about consumer attitudes towards participating in data research networks.
Funder: NIH-Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Project Dates: 9/1/10-8/31/13
Project Faculty: PI Lucilla Ohno-Machado, UCSD; Site PI Kathy Kim, HEI Professor in Residence, and Laura Mamo, Health Equity Associate Professor of Health Education
Affiliated Project Staff
- Dennis Browe, Research Coordinator
- Holly Logan, Project Manager