Established in 1995, PPRNet was the first practice-based research network to link practices using electronic health records (EHRs) across the United States; many members were pioneers in EHR use. The PPRNet team developed some of the first EHR-based clinical quality measures and acquired expertise creating evidence-based actionable clinical quality measures. PPRNet was also one of the first primary-care CMS-approved Qualified Clinical Data Registries.

In its 23 year history, PPRNet conducted numerous federally-funded research projects resulting in over 60 publications demonstrating that evidence-based, high quality primary care quality can be achieved through purposeful EHR use coupled with team-based care in a milieu where quality improvement is supported and valued. Historically, many practices leveraged their PPRNet participation to optimize value-based payment incentives and satisfy continuing medical education requirements. By participating in the network, PPRNet practices also reported rediscovering the joy of medicine, improved practice morale and staff retention, and deep gratification from working and learning with their colleagues.

The new PPRNet Foundation has now been created to enable us to more broadly disseminate the lessons learned in PPRNet while identifying new innovations to help practices provide evidence-based high-value quality care. As a member-based organization, we also hope that our practices will help us explore opportunities that they feel will contribute to this mission.

The PPRNet Foundation is exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code Section (IRC) 501(c) (3) as a public charity; learn more about donating here.

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