The HealthLNK team is assisting in customizing and implementing distributed query management tool PopMedNet* for CAPriCORN network.

Chicago is the third most populous city in the US and, together with its metropolitan area, includes about 9.5 million residents. Chicago suffers from significant health disparities due to variable access to high-quality care and differences in socioeconomic resources across its metropolitan area. With the support of city, county, and state-level governments, the proposal is to bring an unprecedented collaboration across a diverse group of healthcare institutions, including private, county, and state hospitals and health systems, a consortium of federally qualified health centers, two Veterans Administration Hospitals, and other partners to develop the Chicago Area Patient-Centered Clinical Outcomes Research Network (CAPriCORN).

An initiative to link existing networks to increase efficiency, to ensure patients, providers, and scientists form true “communities of research”, and to create “interoperability” where networks can share sites / data. CAPriCORN is seeking to model how healthcare institutions in complex urban settings can overcome barriers of competition, care fragmentation, and limited resources to develop, test and implement strategies to improve care for diverse populations and reduce health disparities.

CAPriCORN is a novel and groundbreaking initiative for the Chicago area healthcare institutions to work together collaboratively for the greater good of our patients. Partners include:

Further information on network can be found in a recently published JAMIA article: