Affiliated Organizations

CHIDS has many research partners, who either have provided research sponsorships for projects or have collaborated on research projects. A partial list of affiliated organizations includes:

Children’s National Medical Center is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the metropolitan Washington area, serving children in the US for more than 130 years. Children’s National is a proven leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury, through its internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare professionals. Serving as an advocate for all children, Children’s National is the largest non-governmental provider of pediatric care in the District of Columbia, providing more than $50 million in uncompensated care. The Center also serves as the regional referral center for pediatric emergency, trauma, cancer, cardiac and critical care, neonatology, orthopedic surgery, neurology, and neurosurgery.

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is an academic medical institution providing comprehensive care for the West Baltimore community and tertiary care for Maryland. Founded in 1823 as the Baltimore Infirmary, and located on the West Side of Downtown Baltimore, the UMMC is one of the nation’s oldest academic medical centers. It boasts of having the most number of intensive care beds in Maryland. In addition, the UMMC also offers a range of specialty services from cancer care to organ transplantation to advanced orthopedic procedures.

Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is a 777-bed teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. BWH is located in Boston's renowned Longwood Medical Area and is recognized internationally for its excellence in patient care, its outstanding reputation in biomedical research, and its commitment to educating and training physicians, research scientists and other health care professionals. Along with its modern inpatient facilities, BWH boasts extensive outpatient services and clinics, neighborhood primary care health centers, state-of-the art diagnostic and treatment technologies and research laboratories. BWH is a founding member of Partners HealthCare System, the largest integrated health care delivery network in New England. It receives grants from the National Institutes of Health, and has an annual research budget of more than $400 million. BWH is internationally known for its clinical, translational, bench, and population-based research studies, including the landmark Nurses’ Health Study, Physicians Health Studies, and the Women's Health Initiative.

Founded in 1961, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is the healthcare industry's membership organization. HIMSS focuses exclusively on providing global leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. HIMSS represents more than 20,000 individual members and over 350 corporate members. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare public policy and industry practices through its advocacy, educational and professional development initiatives designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to ensuring quality patient care.

Westat has been providing research services to U.S. Government agencies, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat is an employee-owned corporation with a research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 located at headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. In addition to being a leading statistical survey research organization, Westat offers skills and experience in custom research and program evaluation studies across a broad range of subject areas. Westat banks on its technical expertise in survey and analytical methods, computer systems technology, biomedical science, and clinical trials to sustain a leadership position in all its research endeavors.

A not-for-profit advanced networking consortium, Internet2 is led by universities working in partnership with the technology industry, government and the international community to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies, and promotes collaboration and innovation that has a fundamental impact on the future of the Internet. Internet2 comprises more than 200 U.S. universities in cooperation with 70 leading corporations, 45 government agencies, laboratories and other institutions of higher learning as well as over 50 international partner organizations. Led by the research and education community since 1996, Internet2 promotes the missions of its members by providing both leading-edge network capabilities and unique partnership opportunities that together facilitate the development, deployment and use of revolutionary Internet technologies.

Vocera Communications, Inc. is a company based in Cupertino, California that supplies technology for telecommunication services via an IEEE 802.11b-supported wireless LAN. Vocera Communications’ mission is to enhance business productivity, teamwork, and service levels by enabling fluid, instant voice communication among team members, across groups, and throughout an organization of mobile professionals. Vocera provides a wireless solution that allows for instant voice communication in hospitals, retail stores, and other building and campus environments. The Vocera Communications Solution for Instant Voice Communication has been exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association.

The Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ) is an initiative by the US Department of Health and Human Services that focuses on ‘Advancing Excellence in Health Care’. AHRQ's initiative on health information technology (health IT) is a key element to the nation's 10-year strategy to bring health care into the 21st century by advancing the use of information technology. The AHRQ initiative includes more than $260 million in grants and contracts in 41 states to support and stimulate investment in health IT, especially in rural and underserved areas. Through these and other projects, AHRQ and its partners will identify challenges to health IT adoption and use, solutions and best practices for making health IT work, and tools that will help hospitals and clinicians successfully incorporate new IT.

The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) is the principal advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on policy development, and is responsible for major activities in policy coordination, legislation development, strategic planning, policy research, evaluation, and economic analysis.

The National Knowledge Commission (NKC) was constituted on 13th June 2005 with a time-frame of three years, from 2nd October 2005 to 2nd October 2008. As a high-level advisory body to the Prime Minister of India, the National Knowledge Commission has been given a mandate to guide policy and direct reforms, focusing on certain key areas such as education, science and technology, agriculture, industry, e-governance etc. Easy access to knowledge, creation and preservation of knowledge systems, dissemination of knowledge and better knowledge services are core concerns of the commission. Indian Health Information Network Development (I-HIND) was one of the NKC’s recommendations, which focuses on creating a web-based network that connects all health care establishments in India, in both the public and private sectors.

Ozmosis, the Trusted Physician's Network, is a professional social networking application that enables verified, U.S. licensed physicians to exchange medical knowledge. Ozmosis provides physicians a source of trusted and reliable clinical, practice management and health policy information, by aggregating the collective wisdom and experience of its member physicians. By leveraging the power of the trusted network, Ozmosis delivers personalized and relevant medical information to each member, ultimately saving time and improving patient care.

The eHealth Initiative and the Foundation for eHealth Initiative are independent, non-profit affiliated organizations whose missions are the same: to drive improvement in the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare through information and information technology. Their vision is that consumers, health care providers, and those responsible for population health will have ready access to timely, relevant, reliable and secure information and services through an interconnected, electronic health information infrastructure to support better health and healthcare.


Arogya Foundation of India is a not-for-profit organization that has the goal of promoting the advancement of rural health care and enabling villages to become self-dependent in health.

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