ACT Network launches at Duke to enable easier patient cohort discovery

June 19, 2018

ACT Network logoDuke Clinical and Translational Science Institute has partnered with the ACT Network to bring its real-time cohort exploration and discovery tool to Duke researchers.

Support from Duke's CTSA grant allows Duke researchers to use the network free of charge (Request access to the network here).

ACT was developed by members of the CTSA consortium to enable cohort discovery using an open-access national network of leading academic medical research centers. It generates aggregate patient count data from the other ACT sites based on an investigator's real-time, iterative searches, allowing Duke researchers to explore patient populations, confirm and demonstrate study feasibility, and identify potential collaborators for multi-site studies. 

“The ACT Network is a huge step forward in making patient cohort discovery easier and enabling evidence-based site selection for multi-site clinical trials being conducted across the CTSA Consortium," said Jamie Roberts, Director of Clinical Research Networks at Duke CTSI. 

"The user-friendly interface allows researchers to quickly execute local and nationwide EHR searches from their desktop and find populations that match their study criteria. We’re extremely excited to put this powerful tool in the hands of Duke investigators.”

The ACT Network is a HIPAA-compliant web interface, and is pre-approved by the Duke Institutional Review Board, so it does not require additional IRB approval.

Duke is one of 21 sites nationwide participating in the initial rollout of the ACT Network, representing an estimated patient population of 60 million. A further 27 sites are in the staging and pre-staging process.

Duke principal investigators can use the ACT Network free of charge, but registration is required. To learn more and request access, visit Duke's ACT Network homepage.

For inquiries, email the team at CTSI_ACT@dm.duke.edu.

Sites Currently Connected to ACT:

Children’s National

Columbia University

Duke University

Emory Univ./Morehouse Univ.

Harvard University

Indiana University

Medical Univ. of South Carolina

Northwestern University

Oregon Health & Science University

Stanford University

University of California, Davis

University of California, Irvine

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, San Diego

University of California, San Francisco

University of Cincinnati

U of Colo/Children's Hosp. Colorado

University of Florida

University of Minnesota

University of Pittsburgh

UT Southwestern