What is REACHnet?

REACHnet is a partnership of health systems, academic centers, and public health organizations that constitutes an innovative data network for conducting efficient, multi-site research.

REACHnet partners include:

  • Louisiana Public Health Institute
  • Ochsner Health System
  • Louisiana State University
  • University Medical Center New Orleans
  • Tulane University
  • Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • Baylor Scott & White Health
  • Partnership for Achieving Total Health (PATH) & the Greater New Orleans Health Information Exchange

REACHnet is one of several Clinical Data Research Networks (CDRNs) nationwide that constitute PCORnet—The National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network.

REACHnet contains electronic health record data for more than 5 million patients in Louisiana and Texas standardized to a common data model to support pragmatic clinical research conducted under real-life practice conditions. Because a diverse patient population is served by our partner health systems, we are able to support studies that seek a highly representative sample of participants.

Our mission is to facilitate research that addresses healthcare questions of critical importance to patients and clinicians and contributes to the evidence base that will inform more effective healthcare decision-making and improve population health. Patient and stakeholder engagement throughout the research process is central to our mission, because the expertise of patients, caregivers, and clinicians is essential to conducting research that best meets their needs to improve healthcare and health outcomes.

What services does REACHnet offer?

REACHnet partners with several health systems in Louisiana and Texas to provide data and services to support patient-centered clinical and health services research. Researchers from within and outside the network may request our services to conduct collaborative research through REACHnet.

Prep-to-research queries: Find out how many patients meet your study’s inclusion criteria

Clinical datasets for observational research: Obtain standardized data from multiple health systems for observational studies and collaborate with co-investigators from REACHnet partner health systems

Clinical sites for prospective interventional trials: Find sites at REACHnet partner health systems for prospective trials

Regulatory: REACHnet offers a streamlined and centralized regulatory process for conducting research with multiple health systems

Direct-to-patient messaging: Notify patients of the opportunity to participate in your study; Disseminate research findings to the patient community; and/or Solicit patient perspectives to inform your research questions, study design, or recruitment approaches

Patient & stakeholder engagement: Engage with multi-stakeholder groups—including patients, caregivers, and providers—to inform your study at every stage of the research process



Access REACHnet’s training resources, policies, and request forms.



To request REACHnet services, register for ECO and submit your request form. A REACHnet Representative will respond to your request within five business days. Request forms are available here.

If you have questions, contact us. A REACHnet Representative will be happy to assist you.



Learn about current research projects being conducted in partnership with REACHnet.