For Clinicians & Community Partners

OCHIN’s Practice-Based Research Network

Several years after OCHIN was founded in 2000, the network-wide Electronic Health Record (EHR) system and the support of OCHIN leadership provided the momentum for developing capacity to improve care quality in the safety net by optimizing practice through research. The OCHIN PBRN, registered with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in 2007, is housed at OCHIN to maximize its independence and focus on community-based research. Its mission is to encourage research with potential to directly benefit safety net patients, to develop and improve OCHIN’s data resources for research purposes, to partner with interested researchers, and to translate research findings into practice.

The OCHIN PBRN is unique among other Practice-Based Research Networks because it has no formal affiliation with a particular academic health center and is comprised almost exclusively of federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and rural health centers (RHCs). As the administrative home to the OCHIN PBRN, OCHIN currently supports a network-wide EHR with one master patient index that currently links 93 organizations in 18 states serving upwards of 1.4 million unique patients – representing nearly three million distinct community health clinic visits annually.

What is a Practice-based Research Network?

AHRQ defines a PBRN as “a group of ambulatory practices devoted principally to the primary care of patients. Typically, PBRNs draw on the experience and insight of practicing clinicians to identify and frame research questions whose answers can improve the practice of primary care. By linking these questions with rigorous research methods, the PBRN can produce research findings that are immediately relevant to the clinician and, in theory, more easily assimilated into everyday practice.”

For more information on how you can collaborate with the OCHIN PBRN, please contact us at

OCHIN’s Practice-Based Research Network Accepted for CME Credit

This Live series activity, OCHIN Practice-Based Research Network Education Series, from 08/04/2015 – 08/02/2016, has been reviewed and is acceptable for credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Approved for AAFP Prescribed credits.

AMA/AAFP Equivalency: AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

Beyond the American Medical Association (AMA), AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the following organizations for physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants:

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP)
  • American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)


PBRN Resources and Highlights:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) OCHIN PBRN Registry

AHRQ-Registered PBRNs Summary Slides

Bringing Together Community Health Centers, Information Technology and Data to Support a Patient-Centered Medical Village from the OCHIN community of Solutions

Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead: Report from the OCHIN Safety Net West Practice-based Research Network (PBRN)

How Do I Get Involved?

For more information, please email Nate Warren, Patient Engagement Coordinator at OCHIN