About C3N Project



Patients are only getting 50% of the recommended treatments and only sticking to it 50% of the time.  This leaves the chance for good outcomes at a low 25%.  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 as part of the care team. It’s not working for their doctors who practice based on minimized clinical trials. And, it’s not working for researchers who want to make a difference but need access to data.  What if we could change health care and increase the chance for good outcomes?



The C3N Project aims to transform an existing health system into a C3N.  What are the conditions to create a C3N?  Motivation around a common vision is aligned.  Making contributions is easy, and communication is improved.  And, there is a decrease in time, effort and money to participate.  To break it down even more, a C3N has three parts.  1) Social – frequent and easy interactions between participants.  2) Technical – information systems to host massive amounts of data. 3) Scientific – an arena to try out and test new ideas.



We think of the C3N Project as a lab and proving ground.  Driven by the question, “What can we do to improve the care of kids with a chronic disease today?”, the C3N Project designs, tests, pilots and implements innovative ideas in partnership with real health systems.  The ideas tested all have the chance to change outcomes.  Our leadership is collaborative, and we value patients, clinicians and researchers working together as co-designers.  Together this community can create an immensely different health system that saves lives and reduces costs.

Supported By

  The C3N Project was supported by Award Number R01DK085719 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, with the Award formally ending on August 31, 2014.  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.