Research and pilot projects are an important part of the work that keeps University of Chicago Medicine “At the Forefront.” Many projects impact hospital operations and technology in what may seem like simple ways but can be quite complex. PRIOR helps to educate investigators during the planning process, ensuring researchers and hospital staff understand the impact on health system operations and facilitating successful implementation of their project.

To learn more about researchers’ experience with PRIOR, read our blog.


Projects that “touch” health system operations, including but not limited to those that:

  • Bring special, project-specific equipment into the health system
  • Change how patient care is provided
  • Request new data or edits to current reports or changes to the EHR or other clinical systems


Outcomes from participating in the PRIOR process may include:

  • A UChicago Medicine Letter of Support
  • Important departmental contacts
  • Budget recommendations for significant IT support or other extra services
  • Feedback and suggestions addressing potential challenges or collaborators
  • Identification of similar projects in the pipeline


  1. Principal Investigator (PI) develops a project idea
  2. PI (or designee) submits online PRIOR intake form
  3. PRIOR leadership performs initial review, and either:
    • Project would benefit from a consultation, or
    • Project should proceed (minimal interaction with hospital operations expected)
  4. PI (or designee) discusses their project with PRIOR committee at a monthly meeting
    • Committee meets the third Thursday of each month at 1pm
  5. PI receives feedback during meeting and written report within a week
  6. If requested, PI receives UChicago Medicine Letter of Support within a week
  7. PI develops and submits grant, contract, or research proposal
  8. Continue communication to coordinate implementation


The PRIOR committee includes representatives from:

UChicago Medicine

  • UChicago Medicine Information Technology (UCMIT)
  • Supply Chain
  • Patient Care Services
  • Ambulatory Care Services
  • Adult Inpatient Services
  • Pediatric Care Services
  • Operational Excellence
  • Patient Experience & Engagement Program
  • Center for Healthcare Delivery Science and Innovation

University of Chicago

  • Center for Research Informatics (CRI)
  • Office of Clinical Research (OCR)
  • Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN)

Ad hoc members depending on project

  • Pharmacy, Therapy Services, Facilities, Clinical Excellence, etc.

The PRIOR Committee meets virtually the third Thursday of the month at 1pm.

Upcoming dates:

  • January 21
  • February 18
  • March 18
  • April 15
  • May 20
  • June 17


Note that the PRIOR process does not take the place of UCM’s Supply Chain’s  Value Analysis process for new products or technology that is being considered for health system operations. Refer to the UCM Supply Chain’s process for evaluating new products. 


For questions about PRIOR, please reach out to Kimisha Cassidy, Project Manager for the Center for Healthcare Delivery Science & Innovation.