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Integrating Clinical Care and Clinical Research.
The Future of Healthcare Options.

As the nation faces vast challenges surrounding COVID-19, it has never been more important to close the gaps between research and care and putting patients and physicians first to provide better health options for all. We must address patient and physician access to clinical trials, the integration of systems, data sharing and privacy, and partnerships between research and clinical organizations.

CRAACO is guided by a dedicated group of advisors from pharma, healthcare, patients and patient advocacy who are passionate about providing patients with the best possible options. With four years of experience gathering the clinical research and healthcare communities together, CRAACO has the most experience addressing the value, opportunities, and challenges to integrating clinical research as a care option for the benefit of patients.

The 2020 agenda features examples of overcoming challenges in integrating clinical research in a clinical care setting through:


We need to think of
clinical care and clinical trials
as a unified system

Dr Laura Esserman, Director, UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Cancer Center, Alfred A. de Lorimier Endowed Chair in General Surgery; Professor of Surgery and Radiology, UCSF

5 Goals of CRAACO:

In this meeting, our first goal is to bring together a variety of health systems nationwide, pharma, patient advocacy, payors, regulators, change agents and innovators to chart a path forward integrating clinical care with clinical research options.

We have four additional goals that include:

2. To demonstrate several different examples from the view of health systems on where they are in this journey as there is no gold standard best practice.

3. To demonstrate tools to integrate clinical trials into health systems to all parties with access to relevant information and care options.

4. To identify ways to reduce the barriers and burden to clinicians, research investigators and patients to participate in the evolving, expanding and important clinical research.

5. To encourage continued forward movement, inspire further action and unite like-minded individuals and organizations.


Why Attend CRAACO?

Arguably the greatest change we can collaborate on in bringing patients closer to clinical research is to make clinical trials a care option. Higher rates of clinical trial participation inside of a health system can produce better patient outcomes, lower cost of care and happier patients. Health systems and patients get access to the latest research and pharma can get access to more patients in need of clinical research options.

Clinical research is typically transactional and not integrated as part of a healthcare organization’s care options. Patients almost never learn about clinical research from their physicians unless their physicians are directly engaged in clinical trials. The value of integrating clinical research into the overall continuum of care is often lost on health care organizations and misunderstood.




Andrew Goldstein
Conference Producer

Valerie Bowling New


Valerie Bowling
Executive Director


Meredith Sands
Executive Director, Business Development

Elizabeth Bard

Business Development Manager

Adam Kolanko

Business Development Manager


Meg Gould

Senior Conference Planner

Allyson Adams
Marketing Manager





  • "Fresh ideas, good conversation & presentations around a critical topic."

    - Michaele Linden Johnson, MCA Foundation

  • "I like the collective call to action best. The conference provided precise ideas and options for attendees to takeaway."

    - Karin Gulbrandsen, Janssen

  • "I am extremely thankful I was able to be a part of forward thinkers. Thank you!"

    - Joy Jurnack, RN,

  • "A lot to take back to my organization. The comprehensive - holistic nature of how the program was structured and was most beneficial as were learning about this opportunity."

    - Aileen Seigfried, Inspire Health

  • "Great ideas and identification of barriers."

    - Michele Ross, Merck & Co.

  • "Great! Very informative and well planned and organized- many great speakers."

    - Susan Donahue, Javara

  • "I love to see how the movement has matured and progressed over the years."

    - Meredith Karney, Center for Medical Interoperability

  • "Excellent conference, extremely relevant."

    - Megan McBride, Janssen