About CORI

Our mission: "Advancing the effective and appropriate practice of endoscopy to enhance the quality of patient care."

CORI at OHSU South Waterfront
CORI offices are in the OHSU South Waterfront building in Portland, Oregon

The Clinical Outcomes Research Initiative (CORI) was developed to study outcomes of gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopic procedures in "real life" settings. Physicians participating in the CORI consortium produce GI endoscopy reports using a specialty electronic health record. Data from the reports are sent electronically to a central data repository where they are pooled with data from other participants in the National Endoscopic Database (NED). The CORI project began in 1995 under the auspices of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). In 2011, the NED received over 134,275 reports from 70 practice sites in 24 states with approximately 400 participating endoscopists. Practice sites include hospitals, ambulatory care centers, private practices, universities, and Veteran's hospitals (VA's). The NED now contains over 2.7 million reports.

This data has been analyzed to examine endoscopic practice patterns, to develop research hypotheses, as a resource for prospective research on topics such as colon polyp surveillance, and to support quality measure reporting. This has resulted in over 60 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, including JAMA, Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and numerous abstracts covering a wide range of endoscopic topics. View CORI publications.

CORI has established a longstanding, collaborative relationship with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and multiple industry partners. OHSU has been the home of CORI since its inception and continues to offer ongoing support through its awarded grants from NIH and other federal sources and foundations. Additionally, industry partners have provided significant research sponsorship through grant funding. CORI welcomes the opportunity to support endoscopic research emanating from a variety of settings including community practices, academic institutions, and research foundations and associations.

Find out more about participating in the CORI project.

CORI Software Applications and Services

Using the CORI software, you can enter your procedure notes with point and click ease and produce an endoscopic report in minutes. Data is saved at your practice site to provide you access to historical records. Access by your practice to your aggregate data supports implementation of powerful quality assurance methods not available to practices using dictation-based reporting system. Recent upgrades in the software have resulted in the release of the CORI v4 Endoscopic Reporting Software, built using state-of-the art techniques and designed to meet strict security standards, to enable remote installation and updates and to promote interoperability.

CORI gives you access to your individual and practice data through a query tool built into the CORI v4 Endoscopic Reporting Software. Many queries have been developed to provide data needed by practices, and custom queries can be requested. Performance by individuals and practices on key quality metrics can be compared against all CORI practices using the Excellence Reports, CORI's web-based quality measures program.

CORI offers expert technical services and support at no charge.

Find out more about the CORI v4 software.

CORI Research Data and Services

Access to your practice's aggregate data is one method of improving your practice. CORI goes one step further in improving the overall practice of GI endoscopy by combining all data in the National Endoscopic Database (NED). Most identifiers are removed from the data prior to export to the NED. The identifiers that remain are consistent with a Limited Data Set. This data is used for publication, grant writing and a wide variety of research studies.

You may actively participate in research with CORI. If you have ideas for research using the NED, our research team can help you evaluate those ideas, collect and analyze the data. In addition, you may choose to participate in one of the prospective research projects conducted by CORI research staff.

Find out more about the CORI research and data services.