Spotlight: OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium

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What does OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium do?

The OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium aims to unite researchers, clinicians, patients and stakeholders to address some of the nation’s biggest health challenges and serve as a resource for the state in improving health, health care and health policy. Together, OneFlorida partners provide health care to more than 40 percent of Floridians in the nation’s third largest state. To support research aimed at addressing these challenges, the OneFlorida Data Trust and OneFlorida Practice-based Research Network allow investigators to:

  • Identify cohorts and conduct observational research using aggregate and de-identified patient-level health data from diverse partners across the state.
  • Identify and intervene with patients at the point-of-care.
  • Conduct pragmatic clinical trials and other interventional studies, including implementation science and comparative effectiveness research, in eligible, research-ready clinics.

The strength of the consortium is in the diversity of its patients, partners and clinical settings. OneFlorida partners encompass private, public and academic health care systems and hospitals, creating a network of research-ready clinics across the state for researchers and clinicians.

Why and how was OneFlorida created?

The University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute developed the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium in 2009 in partnership with researchers, patients, and community and academic clinicians throughout Florida, to form an enduring statewide infrastructure to conduct pragmatic clinical trials in diverse, real-world health care settings. OneFlorida also was formed to facilitate the conduct of single and multi-center studies focused on the identification, adoption, implementation, and sustainability of evidence-based practices to improve patients’ health outcomes.

What does OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium do?

The OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium aims to unite researchers, clinicians, patients and stakeholders to address some of the nation’s biggest health challenges and serve as a resource for the state in improving health, health care and health policy. Together, OneFlorida partners provide health care to more than 40 percent of Floridians in the nation’s third largest state. To support research aimed at addressing these challenges, the OneFlorida Data Trust and OneFlorida Practice-based Research Network allow investigators to:

  • Identify cohorts and conduct observational research using aggregate and de-identified patient-level health data from diverse partners across the state.
  • Identify and intervene with patients at the point-of-care.
  • Conduct pragmatic clinical trials and other interventional studies, including implementation science and comparative effectiveness research, in eligible, research-ready clinics.

The strength of the consortium is in the diversity of its patients, partners and clinical settings. OneFlorida partners encompass private, public and academic health care systems and hospitals, creating a network of research-ready clinics across the state for researchers and clinicians.

Why and how was OneFlorida created?

The University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute developed the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium in 2009 in partnership with researchers, patients, and community and academic clinicians throughout Florida, to form an enduring statewide infrastructure to conduct pragmatic clinical trials in diverse, real-world health care settings. OneFlorida also was formed to facilitate the conduct of single and multi-center studies focused on the identification, adoption, implementation, and sustainability of evidence-based practices to improve patients’ health outcomes.

Who is involved?

OneFlorida clinical partners provide care for approximately 11M or 63% of all Floridians through 4,100 physician providers, 914 clinic/practice settings and 22 hospitals (Figures 1 and 2), third party payer claims data, and state agencies. OneFlorida also has a partnership with the University of Florida Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences UF/IFAS with a focus on disseminating health information to communities throughout Florida.

What are some of the outlets of OneFlorida?

The OneFlorida Data Trust This repository of statewide health-care data from more than 10 million patients contains claims and encounter data for Floridians enrolled in Medicaid and robust patient-level electronic health record data from public and private health care systems that are consortium partners. Data includes diagnoses, procedures, medications, patient demographics, unique patient codes for re-identification by consortium partners and other data elements in the PCORnet Common Data Model (CDM).

The OneFlorida Practice-based Research Network

The OneFlorida Practice-based Research Network, managed by the Integrated Clinical Research Program, allows the conduct of pragmatic clinical trials and other interventional studies in the consortium’s research-ready clinics. Research is conducted in real-world settings to promote the uptake and sustainability of evidence-based health care practices.

How can potential research partners connect with you?

The OneFlorida Front Door ensures that potential research partners have a clear pathway for collaborating with the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium on a wide variety of topics. Learn more by contacting the OneFlorida Coordinating Center (OneFloridaOperations@health.ufl.edu) or visiting the OneFlorida Front Door on the consortium website (http://onefloridaconsortium.org).

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