Health Services Research

Patient-centered research, enabled by an innovative clinical data infrastructure and health system partnerships, to answer healthcare questions of importance to patients, families, healthcare providers and systems.


LPHI’s Health Services Research portfolio collaborates with regional and national partners to conduct patient-engaged research to drive health care decision-making towards achieving health for all. An innovative clinical data infrastructure, including electronic health records for more than 5 million patients from partner health systems in Louisiana and Texas, enables multi-site research with enhanced efficiency in real-world health care delivery settings. Engagement of the community and health care stakeholders informs the research we do and promotes translation and dissemination of research results to patients, community, health care providers, health systems, and academia.

Programs and Initiatives


The Research Action for Health Network (REACHnet) is a clinical research network with health system partners in Louisiana and Texas, collectively caring for more than 5 million patients. REACHnet constitutes an innovative, standardized clinical data infrastructure for a large, representative patient population to serve as a foundation for research. One of several nationwide clinical research networks (CRNs) in the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet), our mission is to enable multi-site research with enhanced efficiency in real-world health care delivery systems. REACHnet engages clinical sites, healthcare providers, patients, and the community to inform and implement observational studies and interventional trials in collaboration with local, regional, and national partners. Stakeholder engagement throughout the research process helps ensure studies generate evidence that is important to patients and the health care community.

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Health in Our Hands

Health in Our Hands (HiOH) is the community-facing initiative of REACHnet that uses the knowledge, expertise, and opinions of people to build a community that influences and engages in research. By recognizing individuals as the experts on their own health, HiOH gives people the opportunity to bring the patient voice to the research process. It also ensures studies address the issues and outcomes most important to the patient community. The HiOH network informs members about opportunities to participate in research and about research results. Anyone over age 18 may join HiOH online. Researchers may partner with HiOH for outreach to the patient community to enhance their studies

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Current Research Studies and Clinical Trials

REACHnet’s portfolio of research projects spans interventional trials, observational studies, and public health surveillance initiatives that use electronic health record data from real-world health care delivery systems. Our projects are conducted in partnership with leading local and national experts, as well as passionate patient and community groups.

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