During the past ten years, there has been significant pressure for healthcare systems to merge into larger entities built to efficiently provide better healthcare as measured by quality and outcomes. The Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research Consortium (PIER Consortium™) builds on these trends to bring together healthcare systems into a dynamic independent entity that will conduct cutting-edge clinical research that advances our understanding of disease and its treatment and meets the needs of our patients, members, and sponsors.
”The concept for creating a world-class, collaborative clinical research network of regional health institutions began with the arrival of Steve Klasko, MD, as Jefferson’s President and Chief Executive Officer, in 2013,” said David Whellan, MD, Senior Associate Provost for Clinical Research at Jefferson and Chief Operating Officer of PIER. “Our mission is to improve the health of our patients through discovery.”
By eliminating challenges that impede innovation, PIER will provide our researchers and sponsors a centralized service-line approach promoting the development, implementation, and management of clinical research. PIER provides a unique opportunity, not only to founding members but to potential partners by increasing the collective group’s competitive advantage. By using a collaborative model, PIER will realign regional, national, and international relationships.