Improving collaboration between Primary Care Research Networks using Access Grid technology

Inform Prim Care. 2008;16(1):51-8; discussion 59-60. doi: 10.14236/jhi.v16i1.674.


Access Grid (AG) is an Internet2-driven, high performance audio-visual conferencing technology used worldwide by academic and government organisations to enhance communication, human interaction and group collaboration. AG technology is particularly promising for improving academic multi-centre research collaborations. This manuscript describes how the AG technology was utilised by the electronic Primary Care Research Network (ePCRN) that is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Roadmap initiative to improve primary care research and collaboration among practice-based research networks (PBRNs) in the USA. It discusses the design, installation and use of AG implementations, potential future applications, barriers to adoption, and suggested solutions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Health Services Research / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Telecommunications / organization & administration*
  • United States