Getting to Better “Patient-Centered” Healthcare

By Shefali S. Kulkarni, Kaiser Health News

(Photo: U.S. Navy)

(Photo: U.S. Navy)

PCORI is not exactly a household name, but if Dr. Anne Beal has her way, it will be soon. The acronym stands for Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute—a group of doctors, researchers, statisticians and patient advocates who will commission evidence-based research for the health care system.

The key here is “patient-centered.” Beal says the goal is to provide easy-to-understand information to patients so they can make the most informed health care decisions.

PCORI is yet another part of health care reform that people may not know much about. But while it was created via the Affordable Care Act, but it is an independent, non-profit organization. Continue reading