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Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN)

The HCSRN brings together the research departments of some of the nation's best and most innovative health care systems.  Collectively, the HCSRN represents more than 1,900 scientists and research staff with methodological and content expertise from an array of disciplines such as epidemiology, economics, disparities, outcomes and quality assessment, trials, and genomics. The mission of the HCSRN is to improve individual and population health through research that connects the resources and capabilities of learning health care systems.

HCSRN Governing Board 2017

HCSRN Governing Board


OptumLabs is a collaborative research and innovation center founded by Optum and the Mayo Clinic. OptumLabs brings together a nationwide community of health care stakeholders dedicated to improving patient care by sharing information assets, technologies, knowledge, tools, and scientific expertise. The Medica Research Institute has joined OptumLabs as the first research partner with regional health plan affiliation.

Midwest Research Network (MWRN)

The Midwest Research Network includes health plans, health care delivery systems, government and community organizations with research and quality improvement interests in our region. The network fosters partnerships in the greater Midwest region to study health and health care issues that affect the wider population. Kristina Bloomquist, Executive Director, serves on the steering committee.

Patient-Centered Network of Learning Health Systems (LHSNet)

Patient-Centered Network of Learning Health Systems (LHSNet) comprises partners across six states and nine academic medical centers, health care systems, public health departments, and private health plans that touch approximately 10 million individual lives, including patients in underserved and rural areas. The Medica Research Institute is partner on this newly funded research grant. LHSNet is a three-year project period.

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LHSNet Consortia Partners

University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

As part of this national consortium of clinical and translational science awardees, the University of Minnesota has established an Office of Community Engagement to create regional partnerships with community organizations conducting research. Kristina Bloomquist, Executive Director, serves on the Community University Board of Directors.

NORC at the University of Chicago - Action III Partnership

Under the Accelerating Change and Transformation in Organizations and Networks III (ACTION III), AHRQ awarded work to a diverse consortium of partnerships. These partnerships, with their member organizations, represent a broad array of research interests and organization types, including provider organizations, integrated delivery systems, health service research organizations, and academic institutions tasked with producing evidence that addresses the pressing challenges of delivering, managing, and paying for health care services. The Medica Research Institute is partner on Action III.