Collaborating Institutions

Brigham and Women's Hospital

The team at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Partners Healthcare System will be collaborating with the UCSD and Vanderbilt University teams in the development of the secure, scalable multi-center network to support observational cohort data analysis for medication safety surveillance. The BWH/Partners team will develop scalable clinical data extraction tools to be used for retrieving the information necessary to monitor the ongoing safety profiles of a variety of cardiovascular medications. In addition, and in conjunction with the Vanderbilt University team, the BWH/Partners team will assist in the development and testing of the statistical modules and analysis of the retrospective analysis portion of the project.

Frederic S. Resnic, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School


RAND Corporation

The RAND Corporation’s research team offers the SCANNER team decades of collective experience in comparative effectiveness and outcomes research, secondary data analysis, and primary data collection. Researchers at the RAND Corporation will help the SCANNER team develop technical design specifications that will maximize the quality of the data for analysis and outcome measurements. The RAND team will also contribute new and existing analytics and instruments developed for multisource data to a library of shared methods for SCANNER users. RAND researchers will also partner with other members of the SCANNER team to develop data quality audits, analyze results, and develop reporting tools that reflect results from specific studies and the SCANNER system as a whole.

Allen Fremont, MD, PhD, Medical Scientist;
Dana Goldman, PhD, Senior Economist and Director of the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy Analysis;
Katherine Khan, MD, Senior Medical Scientist, Professor of Medicine;
Daniella Meeker, PhD, Associate Information Scientist


San Francisco State University

The San Francisco State University (SFSU) research team will guide the development of the SCANNER electronic health infrastructure. They will examine and document preferences and concerns regarding the collection and uses of electronic health information by conducting focus groups and in-depth interviews with patients and users at each SCANNER network site: Partners Healthcare System, the Tennessee Valley Veteran’s Healthcare System, and the UCSD Medical Center/San Diego Pharmacist Resource and Research Network (SDPharmNet™). In addition, the SFSU research team will convene state and national stakeholder groups through partnerships with the California Health and Human Services-Office of Health Information Integrity, California eHealth Collaborative, and the National eHealth Collaborative. These activities will develop a SCANNER electronic health infrastructure that accounts for the perspectives of patients, consumers, and users and maintains sufficient flexibility and scalability across existing health system networks that are both diverse and large.

Katherine Kim, MPH, MBA, Professor in Residence of Biology and the Health Equity Institute;
Laura Mamo, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Education and core faculty member in the Health Equity Institute;


Vanderbilt University Medical Center & TVHS Veterans Administration Hospital

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center & TVHS Veteran’s Administration Hospital (VU/VA) team will be collaborating with the UCSD and Brigham & Women’s teams in the development of the secure, scalable multi-center network to support observational cohort data analysis for medical device and medication safety surveillance. The VU/VA team is primarily responsible for leading the statistical module development and analysis of the retrospective analysis portion of the SCANNER project, as well as coordinating site data collection and synchronization with the other participating centers.

Michael Matheny, MD, MS, MPH, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics


University of Southern California (USC)


The team at the University of Southern California (USC) will architect and develop the framework for a secure network that enables authorized SCANNER researchers to select data sets, analysis methods, and view analysis results. They will design a scalable infrastructure, which uses SCANNER-developed algorithms and other open-source software. In addition, they will facilitate the setup of nodes that communicate between the SCANNER partner sites.



Carl Kesselman, PhD, Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Director at the Center for Medical Informatics, Information Sciences Institute