The Pediatric Research Consortium (PeRC) was established in September of 2002 as the primary care practice-based research network (PBRN) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
PeRC is dedicated to improving the safety, quality and health outcomes of pediatric care through clinical research. PeRC has been able to take advantage of Children's Hospital's expanded organizational and technological infrastructure in the ambulatory network of pediatric and adolescent practices.
PeRC relies on the ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) system, a technological tool that affords immediate electronic access to clinical information and communication at the point of care. PeRC gathers and aggregates data across the pediatric network using the EHR, conducts research and develops an array of integrated evidence-based decision support tools at the point of care. The EHR is currently in use in 31 Primary Care Centers throughout the network and, since its inception in 2001, has captured data for more than 200,000 patients.
PeRC has assembled a talented group of epidemiologists, clinical informaticians and administrators to organize and facilitate the clinical research projects that it undertakes.
PeRC's early successes have resulted in an increasing demand for collaboration and access to the primary care network and data in the EHR.