9 universities receive $6.3M grant to integrate patient-reported outcomes into EHRs

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A consortium of nine universities, led by Evanston, Ill.-based Northwestern University, has been awarded a $6.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

The consortium plans to build software that will integrate the computerized survey tool Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System into EHRs, including Cerner and Epic — which have both signed onto this project as integration collaborators. The universities hope that access to self-reported information about patients' physical, mental and social health characteristics through PROMIS will allow clinicians and researchers to improve patient care and medical research.

Along with Northwestern University, the grant was awarded to University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Lexington-based University of Kentucky, Gainesville-based University of Florida, Salt Lake City-based University of Utah, Boston-based Harvard Catalyst CTS and Los Angeles-based Southern California CTSI.

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