PCORI funds SCILHS to Underpin a Learning Healthcare System

A new $7 million award to the Harvard Medical School Center for Biomedical Informatics from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will create a far-reaching data platform that will link patients and doctors across 10 health systems around the U.S., fostering critical medical research.
Called the Scalable Collaborative Insfrastructure for a Learning Health System (SCILHS—pronounced “skills”), the network will leverage $48 billion of federal investment in health information technology to enable a common data platform that will cover more than 8 million patients, enabling them to plug universally into a single point of care. This will enable clinicians and patients to participate in research during the patient encounter, researchers said.