ReachNET IS HERE FOR RESEARCHERS

Welcome to the REACHnet Researchers hub. Here is where you’ll find information about how to leverage REACHnet’s comprehensive resources to optimize your research efforts.

We believe that the best research involves clinicians, patients, their families, and other community stakeholders. Through ECO, our user-friendly platform, you can submit proposals and interface with REACHnet staff who will support you in your research, accessing patient data, participating in and creating advisory groups, and more.

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What do researchers do in the REACHnet network?

  • Connect to longitudinal clinical data for more than 3 million patients across Louisiana and Texas for patient centered research.
  • Utilize our innovative, tablet based, system to conduct more efficient clinic-based research activities.
  • Engage with our network of patient and community stakeholders. Their expertise and lived experience will ensure that the values and perspectives of these stakeholders are incorporated into research.
  • Work with multi-stakeholder groups to drive research agendas and inform project development.
What is REACHNet?

What is REACHNet?

  • REACHnet is a partnership among different Southern healthcare entities  that connects patients, researchers, and healthcare providers for patient centered research.

    REACHnet provides resources and technologies that support efficient clinical research and trials. Our research projects address obesity, diabetes, sickle cell disease, rare cancers, and other health challenges – learn more about our projects.

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  • Launched in March 2014, REACHnet is a partnership between the Louisiana Public Health Institute, Ochsner Health System, Partnership for Achieving Total Health (PATH), Louisiana State University, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Tulane University and Baylor Scott & White Health, and UMC.
    Through REACHnet, we provide access to comprehensive clinical data for more than 3 million patients in Louisiana and Texas.

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  • REACHnet is one of 13 Patient Centered Outcomes Institute (PCORI) funded Clinical Data Research Networks (CDRN). We work with local and national research partners to implement both small and large-scale pragmatic trials, which is a tool used by the health science community to test and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions in real-life routine practice conditions.

    Because we work with a diverse patient population served by our partner health systems, we are able to support studies that recruit a highly representative sample of participants, which helps produce more informative evidence that has the potential to meaningfully inform healthcare decision-making.

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  • REACHnet’s list of research projects is continually expanding, and includes areas of research such as weight management, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and Chronic Heart Failure (CHF).

    With an additional $6.9M in funding from PCORI in 2015, REACHNet will continue to increase the capacity to conduct robust comparative effectiveness research. We engage healthcare partners, a variety of interested professionals, patients and their families, a researchers just like you.

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Current Projects

Current Projects

Get Involved. We currently have several ongoing projects that may align with your current researching goals.

» Explore ReachNET Current Projects
» Explore ReachNET Funded Projects

Resources

Resources

Whether you’re a clinician, health advocate, or patient, here’s what  you need to collaborate with REACHnet–all in one place.

What is App Suite?

What is App Suite?

Connect To App Suite. REACHnet’s proprietary app suite is a platform for researchers like you to organize patient communication, study recruitment, and ongoing data collection.

The Patient App is designed to integrate into your clinical workflow and leverage the private space and time spent in exam rooms.

The Research App is for you and your clinical team to track and manage projects delivered via the Patient App.

Request to Collaborate

Request to Collaborate

Collaborate With REACHnet. nterested in partnering with us on a new or ongoing study, clinical trial, or other endeavor? Sign up for ECO today and submit your Service Request form.

If you have additional questions or are unable to access ECO,  Contact Us today and a REACHnet Representative will be happy to  assist you.

Process

Here’s the 6-Step Process for using REACHnet for your research project.
Take a deeper dive below into our policies, required forms, and network resources and activities.

Step 1. Take a look around

Step 1. Take a look around

Explore which REACHnet Resources and Services can support your research project:

Pragmatic Trial App Suite
  • Engage your patients in clinical research through electronic recruitment at the point of care
  • Recruit patients across health systems to participate in pragmatic trials
  • Manage recruitment activities by using the Trial Management App to schedule appointments, monitor enrollment, and track follow up
Patient & Stakeholder Engagement
  • Engage members from REACHnet’s stakeholder network, comprised of patients, health system leaders, researchers, and clinicians, throughout the research process
  • Gain valuable consultation to ensure your project effectively aligns with the mission of patient-centered research
Streamlined IRB and Contracting
  • Access IRBchoice, a platform offering optimal flexibility in IRB reliance for multi-site studies.
  • Benefit from our Master Reliance Agreement, which among REACHnet partner health systems to increase efficiency of multi-site clinical research.
Prep-to-Research Querying & PCORnet Common Data Model
  • Access standardized clinical data from 5 health systems conformed to the PCORnet Common Data Model (CDM), Version 3.0.
  • Include prep-to-research query results in your proposal.
  • Obtain cross-sectional or longitudinal datasets as a component of your research.
Health in Our Hands (HiOH) Patient Network
  • Enroll your patients at the point of care into a network of over 5,000 patients that spans three health systems.
  • Recruit eligible patients outside of the clinical setting study opportunities.
  • Contact HiOH members for prep-to-research activities during proposal development.
Partnerships
  • Partner with the Louisiana Clinical & Translational Science Center (LA CaTS) and the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet).
  • Draw from our relationships with LA Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana and the Office of Vital Records to link data for specific research use cases.
Step 2. Is it a good fit?

Step 2. Is it a good fit?

Make sure your research project aligns with REACHnet’s qualifying criteria:

REQUIREMENTS
REACHnet studies are required to be:
  • Collaborative across network partners
  • Patient-centered
    [Patients are involved as partners in research, not only as research subjects]
PREFERRED
It is preferred and strongly encouraged that REACHnet studies are:
  • Pragmatic
    [Recruitment and ongoing data collection is embedded in healthcare delivery systems]
  • Comparative effectiveness research
    [Compares health outcomes and the effectiveness, risk/harms and benefits of two or more treatments or services]
  • Aligned with REACHnetand/or PCORI priority research topics
Step 3. Get to Know the Process

Step 3. Get to Know the Process

Familiarize yourself with our submission process and review timelines for your type of research project:

  • Using REACHnet: Prospective Research (observational and interventional).

    1. Researcher submits Prospective Research Request Form and Query Request Form.
    2. Application is scored by  two reviewers plus a patient reviewer.
    3. REACHnet Co-PIs approve  (or reject) requests.
    4. Query results provided to investigator.
    5. Researcher engages stakeholders in development of study protocol.
    6. Researcher proceeds with application for funding.

    Note: Please allow 4 weeks for steps 1 to 4; refer to Eco for correspondence and determination.
    *Applications must be submitted to REACHnet no later than 25 working days before the LOI, when applicable, or application is due.

  • Using REACHnet: Retrospective Research.

    1. Researcher submits Data Request Form.
    2. Application is scored by 2 reviewers plus a patient reviewer.
    3. REACHnet Co-PIs approve  (or reject) requests.
    4. Researcher applies for funding if applicable.
    5. Researcher submits study for IRB review.
    6. Required data use agreements are executed.

    Note: Please allow 2-3 weeks for steps 1 to 3; refer to Eco for correspondence and determination.
    *Applications must be submitted to REACHnet no later than 25 working days before the LOI, when applicable, or application is due.

     

  • Using REACHnet: Engagement Services.

    1. Researcher submits Request for Engagement Services Form.
    2. Request is reviewed by REACHnet coordinating center.
    3. REACHnet engagement team & researcher meet in-person or via phone.
    4. REACHnet engagement team provides appropriate services, depending on request, budget, and study dependencies.

    Note: Please allow 2-3 weeks for steps 1 to 3; refer to Eco for correspondence and determination.

  • Using REACHnet: Prep to Research Query.

    1. Researcher submits Query Request Form.
    2. Request is reviewed by REACHnet coordinating center.
    3. Request is distributed to REACHnet CO-PIs for approval.
    4. Query is executed for approved health systems that approved the request.
    5. Results are compiled by REACHnet coordinating center and provided to investigator.

    Note: Please allow 2-3 weeks for steps 1 to 3; refer to Eco for correspondence and determination.

Step 4. Fill out the forms

Step 4. Fill out the forms

Complete the necessary forms for your type of research project:

Prospective Research Request Form

Complete if you want:

  • REACHnet’s assistance with identifying relevant stakeholders, like patients and clinicians, to help carry out your proposed research.
  • REACHnet’s assistance identifying clinical sites to conduct your proposed research.
  • To implement the Pragmatic Trial App Suite (PTAS) in a clinical setting in order to recruit patients into a proposed trial and/or collect patient-reported outcomes.
Retrospective Research Request Form

Complete if you want:

  • REACHnet to prepare a limited or de-identified, individual-level dataset for you and/or your team.
Engagement Services Request Form

Complete if you want:

  • To invite patients in the Health in Our Hands patient network to complete a survey.
  • To participate in a focus group/interview.
  • To lend a patient perspective to my study proposal or ongoing project.
Query Request Form

Complete if you want:

  • To know how many patients in the REACHnet data warehouse meet a certain set of demographic or clinical criteria to inform sample size calculations or the feasibility of working with REACHnet.
Step 5. Sign up for ECO

Step 5. Sign up for ECO

Create an ECO Login and submit your forms for us to review.

Step 6. Let the collaboration begin

Step 6. Let the collaboration begin

Once your submitted forms have been reviewed, a REACHnet project coordinator will contact you with next steps to  get your research underway!