A Louisiana partnership that is building information technology to conduct health research better and faster has been awarded $6.9 million as part of the National Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

The Louisiana Clinical Data Research Network is based at the Louisiana Public Health Institute in New Orleans. Members include Ochsner Health System, LSU, the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Partnership for Achieving Total Health, Tulane University and Baylor Scott & White Health.

The partners are part of a national effort to figure out which treatments work the best, with access to comprehensive clinical data on more than 1 million patients in Louisiana and Texas.

The Louisiana network is part of the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network. The national network’s goal is to enable the United States to conduct clinical research more quickly and less expensively. The research will focus on the questions and outcomes that matter most to patients and those who care for them.

The national institute provided $6.9 million to the Louisiana partnership during the first phase of the national network’s development in 2014. The Louisiana network is also part of a $14 million clinical trial to determine the best dose of aspirin to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

“Receiving this PCORI award will allow us to continue building a solid infrastructure focused on conducting faster, more-affordable and more-engaged research,” said Thomas Carton, director of Health Services Research at the Louisiana Public Health Institute and the Louisiana partnership’s principal investigator. “This funding will support our capacity to identify and execute research priorities to ultimately improve patient care and health outcomes.”