Researchers as Co-designers

researcher_triad.jpg In a research article titled “Innovation Networks: A Strategy to Transform Primary Health Care,” Drs. Peter Margolis and Neal Halfon discuss the need “to go beyond simply describing and analyzing the barriers to providing better care, and do much better at finding creative solutions, experimenting to determine what works, and understanding what it takes to spread and scale new effective care strategies.” The C3N Project understands this and finds ways to resolve barriers like these by implementing innovations designed specifically for researcher collaboration with patients and clinicians. In fact, a study done on the development of ImproveCareNow by Dr. Wallace Crandall found the improvements of the network to suggest that “practice sites are learning how to apply quality improvement methods to improve the care of patients.” In just one of many ways, the C3N Project uses data like this and continuous collaboration from researchers to explore and discover an ongoing solution for improving health care delivery.

Research Innovations | Personalized Learning System

nof1-researchers.jpg C3N innovations, like the Personalized Learning System, are a great way for researchers to get involved in transforming care. Conducted over a two year period beginning December 2012, the study aims to test the preliminary effectiveness of the design and execution process of formal N-of-1 experiments. This study focuses on tailoring patient treatments via a series of collaborative trials to identify the best method of improving patient outcomes. Using tools throughout this study, like the C3N Platform, researchers have access to a process of automated data collection, enabling the development of improved and more knowledgeable experiments across clinical trials. Researchers can even test out their own N-of-1 trials through, a site developed by C3N Consulting Architect and collaborator Ian Eslick, of the MIT Media Lab.  Together, with patients and clinicians across the ImproveCareNow Network, this innovation provides researchers the opportunity to improve the chronic illness care system. Interested? Email

Research That Moves Us

researchers-qi-books.jpg "Once you open the possibility that people are not only using the web as a platform to produce their own individual content, but also to pool their efforts, knowledge, and resources ... the possibilities for what they can create are astounding."  This inspiring quote was taken from The Penguin and the Leviathan: The Triumph of Cooperation Over Self-Interest, written by Yochai Benkler (New York: Crown Business, 2011).  What research inspires you?  Let us know what you think of Yochai Benkler's book and other research that moves you by joining the conversation on Twitter: mention @c3nproject or tweet #whatifhc along with your message.