About LA CaTS


REACHnet is Open for Business!

Released: Monday, December 12, 2016

The Research Action for Health Network (REACHnet) became a formal partner of LA CaTS in 2016. Since 2013, REACHnet has been a PCORI-funded clinical data research network (CDRN) that is designed to help Louisiana clinicians and researchers conduct robust comparative effectiveness research with integrated recruitment and data solutions. REACHnet is managed by the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) and includes the following partner systems:

  1. Ochsner Health System
  2. Baylor Scott & White Health
  3. Tulane University Schools of Medicine and Public Health/Tulane Medical Center (HCA)
  4. University Medical Center New Orleans
  5. LSU Health Care Services Division - Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center
  6. Partnership for Achieving Total Health (PATH), an organization that administers the Greater New Orleans Health Information Exchange among a network of community-based clinics and hospitals
  7. Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

REACHnet seeks to advance the capacity to conduct efficient clinical research utilizing clinical records for more than 1.7 million active patients and 4 million total patients in Louisiana and Texas by establishing an innovative, health informatics-driven trial management infrastructure for a representative patient population.

REACHnet supports all forms of clinical research, with a specific focus on pragmatic research, which integrates research activities into clinical workflow with minimal disruption to patients, providers, and health systems. REACHnet services include data requests, data linkage, research consulting, recruitment support, regulatory support, and stakeholder engagement.

For more information on how to get involved with REACHnet, please contact a REACHnet Research Coordinator (Elizabeth Crull <ecrull@lphi.org>).

More information on REACHnet can be found here: http://www.reachnet.org/


About the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center
The LA CaTS Center is comprised of three primary collaborating institutions in the state, including LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans – and also includes six research partners: LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and in New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, Children’s Hospital, Ochsner Health System, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, and University Medical Center.  The LA CaTS Center’s vision for Louisiana encompasses the strengths and capacities unique to each member institution and represents a unified, comprehensive approach for targeting prevention, care and research of chronic diseases in the underserved population.  The scholar program is supported in part by U54 GM104940 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health which funds the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center.  For more information, please visit www.lacats.org.