Partnerships and Networks

Our health systems partners include the Institute for Health Research at Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Intermountain Healthcare, Mayo Clinic, Baylor Health System and Providence Health & Services. Denver Health is also an affiliated member of the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI), which is the academic home to help transform the clinical and translational research and training efforts at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and affiliated institutions.

Denver Health is a collaborating organization within two of AHRQ's networks of provider organizations that conduct rapid-cycle field-based research:

The ACTION III network program is designed to promote innovation in health care delivery by accelerating the diffusion of research into practice. 

National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet)

PCORnet is an innovative initiative of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute designed to link patients, clinicians, health systems, and researchers as partners.

PCORnet is a network of networks - it comprises a total of 29 networks.

The Patient Outcomes Research to Advance Learning (PORTAL) Network

Denver Health is a partnering member in PORTAL, one of the 29 networks in PCORnet. Other members include Kaiser Permanente (lead organization), Group Health Cooperative, and HealthPartners, and their 11 affiliated research centers; these health systems collectively enroll nearly 12 million members.

PORTAL is a Clinical Data Research Network, which is a system-based network that originates in healthcare systems, such as hospitals, health plans or practice-based networks, and securely collects health information during the routine course of patient care.

PORTAL is a distributed, reusable infrastructure that provides access to real time, current, longitudinal health data, distributes research queries and allows data holders to maintain physical and logical control of their data, and is flexible across research topics and study designs.

PORTAL will help address critical questions, including comparing treatment and ongoing management options for (a few examples):

  • patients with a diagnosis of colorectal cancer
  • adolescents and adults with severe congenital heart disease
  • adults who are overweight or obese, including those who have pre-diabetes or diabetes

Colorado Health Observation Regional Data Service

Colorado Health Observation Regional Data Service is a collaborative regional pilot project that uses electronic health record data to monitor public health trends, as well as to measure the efficacy of public health interventions.