Reading Hospital Joins Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network
Reading Hospital, an affiliate member of Reading Health System in Reading, Pa., is the latest regional independent medical center to become a member of Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network (JHCRN).
Established in early 2009 by Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) and developed by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR), JHCRN is part of a national consortium designed to establish a network of academic and community-based researchers who provide new opportunities to expand clinical trials, and accelerate the development of advances in diagnostics, treatment and disease prevention.
Currently, JHCRN includes Anne Arundel Medical Center, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Inova Health System and Peninsula Regional Medical Center, plus the medical centers that make up Johns Hopkins Medicine: Howard County General Hospital (Md.), Sibley Memorial Hospital and Suburban Hospital, in the Washington, D.C. area.
According to JHCRN officials, the goal of the organization is to create relationships between physician-scientists at Johns Hopkins Medicine and community-based medical centers, clinicians and practitioners. These relationships make clinical trials available to people who otherwise may not have access to them, the officials state.
Researchers from participating JHCRN hospitals use a centralized data system to coordinate health-related information from electronic medical records. Clinical research methodologies, data management, reporting documentation, patient informed consent forms, and quality and safety control criteria are standardized for each protocol. With this uniformity, affiliated hospitals can better develop and coordinate their own research activities, or take part in joint clinical trials with other JHCRN institutions, JHCRN leaders say.
Adrian Dobs, M.D., JHCRN director and vice chair of faculty development at the Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine, and John Niederhuber, M.D., co- director of the JHCRN and executive vice-president of Inova Health System both affirm that "we are delighted that Reading Hospital has joined us in this important initiative to combine our research strengths and improve the health of citizens in our region." David George, M.D., Reading Hospital's vice president of academic affairs and chief academic officer says "collaborative research within JHCRN strengthens the spirit of inquiry among our staff and supports our efforts to offer the highest level of care to the members of our community."