The Collaborators of C3N

It has been gratifying to recieve some great press coverage of C3N; the ideas we are exploring are clearly starting to capture the imagination of a larger audience.  However, C3N is a larger and far more collaborative project than the articles imply and this post aims to provide some detail from my own perspective, expanding on my earlier introduction.

Origins of C3N
C3N is a platform in the broadest sense.  It consists of human, process, and technology components.  It was initiated by a transformative research grant from the NIH Director’s Office in 2009, the result of a proposal developed by Jesse Dylan of Lybba, Peter Gloor of MIT, Neil Halfon of UCLA, and Peter Margolis and Michael Seid of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.   The inspiration for the effort emerged largely from Jesse’s vision of bringing patients into the care system as equal partners and Peter Margolis’ experience developing large networks of clinicians that standardize care and apply process improvement techniques to optimize care and improve outcomes for pediatric patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in the ImproveCareNow network.