Since 1994, the HMO Research Network (HMORN) has sought to improve population health and the delivery of health care.  Now 19 members strong, the HMORN has the ability to carry out population based research in a manner unmatched by other U.S. health research networks. We accomplish this by:


  • Fostering authentic research collaboration
  • Disseminating information about the research interests, resources and capabilities of our members
  • Sharing methodologies, best practices, and consultative expertise across research centers
  • Leveraging the unique assets of our network


Who are HMORN members?

The HMORN is made up of non-profit health care delivery systems with embedded research departments whose scientists are dedicated to public domain research.  Today, the associated health plans are not all 'HMOs', per se – but members typically include an integrated delivery system, the ability to define patient populations, and access to electronic medical and administrative records. Current member organizations are:




Responsibilities of Membership

Each HMORN Member institution must agree to make the following contributions:

  • Participate in and provide leadership for Network governance and operations. For example, designate an HMORN Governing Board member and contact person(s).
  • Participate in and/or provide leadership for the development of new Network initiatives.
  • Represent the Network in national forums, as needed.
  • Participate in the HMORN Virtual Data Warehouse (VDW). Keep local VDW files and protocols up to date, perform data validation and checking, participate in the VDW Implementation Group and designate a site VDW data manager.
  • Be responsive to and participate in efforts to streamline processes and create resources to enhance Network and project functions and operations.
  • Provide contact information for key staff (e.g., grant development, finance, DUA recipient, data manager, etc.) for the online Key Contacts Directory.
  • Provide contact information and relevant research interests for the online HMORN Researcher Directory.
  • Contribute to the core infrastructure of the HMORN by paying an annual assessment (adjusted annually).  Sites are assessed based on a 3-tier system (tiers range from $10,000 to $25,000 per year, typically).


Benefits of Membership

HMORN members receive:

  • The opportunity to potentially collaborate in new HMORN-related proposals.
  • The ability to submit abstracts and fully participate in the HMORN annual conference.
  • Coordinated, staffed Network governance committees and working groups.
  • Coordinated, staffed Network-wide VDW development and maintenance activities, VDW training and project-specific consultation for programmers and investigators.
  • Centralized management of Network-wide communications - including funding opportunities, policies and processes, and relevant events and conferences.
  • Centralized creation and management of research resources for HMORN staff, such as directories, grant development resources, an IRB ceding SOP, subcontracting templates, data collection guides and training manuals, health literacy toolkits, and many other tools and resources.
  • An up-to-date HMORN web-site with tools, information, resources, and annual HMORN conference information.
  • A financial safety-net for the scientific host site of the HMORN annual conference.
  • Financial support for Board-endorsed initiatives and emerging strategic priorities.


Applying for HMO Research Network Membership

Not-for-profit, public domain research programs affiliated with health care systems may inquire about membership in the HMORN.


In addition to the annual membership assessment to support HMORN core infrastructure, a new member fee of $10,000 is applied.

  • Step 1: Make sure you understand the benefits, basic responsibilities, fees and requirements of being a Network member, described above.
  • Step 2: Download and review the HMORN New Member Policy
  • Step 3: Submit an inquiry via our contact us form. Your inquiry will be routed to the Chair of the HMORN Board for follow up.