HCSRN (formerly the HMO Research Network) brings together the research departments of some of the nation's best and most innovative health care systems and, collectively, represents more than 1,900 scientists and research staff with methodological and content expertise from an array of disciplines. These embedded scientists partnering with care systems, and their patient populations have generated hundreds of high impact research studies that deliver on the promise of learning health systems.  The special issue resulting from this call for papers will help commemorate the Network’s 25th Anniversary in 2019.

eGEMs—as AcademyHealth’s peer-reviewed, open access online journal dedicated to accelerating research and quality improvement using electronic health data—is the ideal venue for sharing this work. For the new special issue, the journal is seeking a mix of cross-cutting strategy papers as well as exemplary case studies. The journal is particularly interested in submissions that demonstrate:

  • Applications of the network’s rich data infrastructure and common data model (the HCSRN Virtual Data Warehouse);
  • How HCSRN research has been applied in to the learning health system context (e.g., a research-tested intervention or clinical prediction algorithm that is used in care delivery settings when the research is complete);
  • The value of conducting research on a large and diverse population of HCSRN members, as well as the results and implications of access to this population for research;
  • The culture of collaboration among HCSRN members and the specific ways members support, encourage, and enhance this culture; and
  • A full research partnership with clinicians, their clinical populations and care systems health data leveraging the unique relationship of a health system-based research organization

All submissions falling under this call will undergo eGEMs' rigorous double-blind peer review and editorial process before publication, and—once accepted for publication—will be shared with and promoted to a growing audience that includes health services researchers, clinicians, policymakers, payers, and patients. The standard article processing charge for selected papers will also be waived with support provided by HCSRN.

This HCSRN call for papers closes on Monday, July 2, 2018, with the goal of releasing the new issue in February 2019.

The call is open now, so submit your manuscript today at www.egems.org by clicking the "Start Submission" button, or contact [email protected] with any questions.