Before requesting data, an investigator should:
- Establish clear study aims and research questions that can be answered by the available data.
- Consider requesting a prep-to-research (PTR) query to help determine feasibility of your study. A PTR query provides the number of patients that meet your study’s criteria. To request a query, submit a Query Request Form in our online submission portal.
- Have an identified source of funding or be actively seeking funding for the project.
- Consider how health system partners and patient stakeholders will be engaged in the project.
- Determine clear specifications for the study population, including inclusion and exclusion criteria, time period, and desired data elements along with the appropriate codes (see the Data Request Form for additional detail).
- Understand the IRB approval process at your institution and be ready to develop the IRB protocol for your study.
Electronic health record data from REACHnet’s health system partners is standardized to the PCORnet Common Data Model. For data specifications please see: https://pcornet.org/data-driven-common-model/
COST OF REACHNET SERVICES
The fee for REACHnet’s data services depends on several factors that vary from study to study, including but not limited to:
- Complexity of the dataset specifications and study population
- Number of REACHnet partner health systems that agree to participate
- Source of funding for the study
- Inclusion of linkage services to match patient records across health systems
Each service proposal is developed on a case by case basis.