Graduates from Vanderbilt’s Master in Public Health (MPH) program didn’t plan to become front-line soldiers against the COVID-19 global pandemic, but several have found themselves putting their training — and their career goals — front and center.
STAR Clinical Research Network and PCORnet COVID-19 Common Data Model
The Stakeholders, Technology, and Research (STAR) CRN, led by Dr. Russell Rothman as the STAR CRN Lead PI, is launching a coordinated COVID-19 Common Data Model (CDM) at participating STAR CRN sites, in conjunction with the CDC and other PCORnet sites nationally. Funded by PCORI and the People Centered Research Foundation and designed to provide support for patient-centered outcomes research (PCORnet), the STAR CRN includes (1) Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2) the Vanderbilt Healthcare Affiliated Network (3) Meharry Medical College, (4) UNC Health Care System, (5) Duke Health Care System, (6) Health Sciences of South Carolina, (7) Wake Forest Health Care, and (8) Mayo Clinic. These systems comprise scores of academic and community hospitals, hundreds of practices and over 12 million patients nationally. In partnership with 8 additional Clinical Research Networks (CRNs), PCORnet engages with over 60 health systems and reaches over 90 million patients throughout the U.S. The purpose of the COVID-19 CDM is to characterize a cohort of COVID-19 patients nationally and provide detailed information on the demographics and pre-existing conditions for members of the CDC COVID-19 Task Force. The COVID-19 CDM will include patients testing positive for COVID-19 or with a coronavirus-related ICD 10 code. Queries will be issued weekly by the PCORnet Coordinating Center (DCRI) to ensure updated and ongoing reports to the CDC COVID-19 Task Force.
For more information, contact Megan Cook, MHA, Director of Operations/Sr. Project Manager, STAR CRN.
The Department of Health Policy in March 2020 convened a group of experts to offer guidance and curated reviews of current research and data related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These documents are intended for use by public health professionals and officials, and may be shared with attribution.
VANDERBILT Epidemiology Center
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