About C3N Project


about_challenge%282%29.jpg The Collaborative Chronic Care Network (or C3N Project) grew out of a realization that the system for chronic illness care isn't really working: It's not working for patients who suffer more than they have to, it's not working for their parents who aren't able to participate in their care as part of the care team, it's not working for their doctors who practice based on randomized clinical trials that unfortunately can't tell us what is best for individual patients, and it's not working for researchers who are interested in making a difference but needed access to data and organized systems. To make this challenge greater, patients are getting 50% of the recommended treatment and only adhere to the treatment 50% of the time.


about_scope.jpg The C3N Project is an innovative lab and proving ground. And in order for us to create a C3N, there must be motivation to align around a common vision with an ease to contributing, which enables better communication and reduces transactional costs. To make it simple, let's break up C3N into three parts 1) Social – frequent and easy interactions between participants, like patients, clinicians, and researchers; 2) Technical – information systems, for the multitude of data; and 3) Scientific – an arena to try and test new ideas.


about_vision.jpg The C3N Project has the potential to transform care of chronic disease, which includes saving lives and doing so in a cost-effective way.  We began by working together with the ImproveCareNow Network – an established network of pediatric clinics treating kids with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) – and are currently creating the first C3N for patients with IBD.  Now we are headed into our second chronic disease, Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Motivated by the question “What can we do to improve the care of kids with chronic disease today?” the C3N Project designs, tests, pilots and implements new ideas (or innovations, as we like to call them) that have great potential to change health outcomes. Ultimately, a C3N will be where patients, clinicians and researchers work together as co-designers in a learning, social production system for health that aims to transform the system of chronic illness care.

Supported By

  The C3N Project is supported by Award Number R01DK085719 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.  The project is housed at the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, in collaboration with many other organization listed in the 'People' section of this web site.  The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases or the National Institute of Health.