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About Membership

Since 1994, the Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN) has conducted research that improves population health and the delivery of health care.  With 20 innovative members committed to realizing the aspiration of a true national learning health system, the HCSRN has the ability to carry out population-based research in a manner unmatched by other U.S. health research networks.

We accomplish this by:

  • Fostering authentic collaborative partnerships with our health care systems, our patients, and other researchers
  • Disseminating information about the research interests, resources, and capabilities of our members
  • Sharing methodologies, best practices, and consultative expertise across research centers
  • Leveraging the unique assets of our network–scientific expertise, data, and large populations

Who are Hcsrn Members?

The HCSRN is made up of non-profit health care delivery systems with embedded research units whose scientists are dedicated to public domain research. Our members typically include an integrated delivery system, the ability to define patient populations, and access to electronic medical and administrative records.

Responsibilities of Members

Each HCSRN member institution must agree to make the following contributions:

  • Participate in and provide leadership for Network governance and operations by designating an HCSRN Governing Board member and contact person(s).
  • Participate in and/or provide leadership for the development of new Network initiatives.
  • Represent the Network in national forums, as needed.
  • Participate in the HCSRN Virtual Data Warehouse (VDW). Keep local VDW files and protocols up to date, perform data validation and checking, participate in the VDW Implementation Group and designate a VDW site data manager.
  • Be responsive to and participate in efforts to streamline processes and create resources to enhance Network and project functions and operations.
  • Provide contact information for key staff (e.g., grant development, finance, DUA recipient, data manager, etc.) to facilitate the administrative functions of multisite collaboration.
  • Contribute to the core infrastructure of the HCSRN by paying an annual assessment (adjusted annually).

Benefits of Membership

HCSRN members benefit from:

  • The opportunity to potentially collaborate in new HCSRN-related proposals.
  • The ability to submit abstracts and fully participate in the HCSRN annual conference.
  • A diverse community of scientific peers with unparalleled experience in the conduct of embedded research
    Coordinated, staffed Network governance committees and working groups.
  • Coordinated, staffed Network-wide VDW development and maintenance activities, VDW training and project-specific consultation for programmers and investigators.
  • Centralized management of Network-wide communications, including funding opportunities, policies and processes, and relevant events and conferences.
  • Centralized creation and management of research resources for HCSRN staff, such as directories, grant development resources, an IRB ceding SOP, subcontracting templates, data collection guides and training manuals, health literacy toolkits, and many other tools and resources.
  • Communication and dissemination tools, including the HCSRN website annual HCSRN conference, and social media to assist with cross-promotion of members’ scientific achievements.
  • Financial support for Board-endorsed initiatives and emerging strategic priorities.

Applying for HCSRN Membership

Not-for-profit, public domain research programs affiliated with health care systems may inquire about membership in the HCSRN.

In addition to the annual membership assessment to support HCSRN core infrastructure, a new member fee of $10,000 is applied.

  • Step 1: Make sure you understand the benefits, basic responsibilities, fees, and requirements of being a Network member, described above.
  • Step 2: Download and review the HCSRN New Member Policy
  • Step 3: Submit an inquiry via our Contact Us form. Your inquiry will be routed to the Chair of the HCSRN Board for follow up. Inquiries may also be directed to our leadership team.