Minnesota Learning Health System
A Learning Health System (LHS), according to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, is one in which progress in science, informatics, and care culture align to generate new knowledge as an ongoing, natural by-product of the care experience, and seamlessly refine and deliver best practices for continuous improvement in health and health care.
In 2013, the Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee endorsed (PDF) the principles of a Learning Health System.
The 2014 Minnesota e-Health Summit featured two sessions on the Learning Health System. View presentation slides of Dr. Charles Friedman’s closing keynote (PDF) and see slides from the Learning Health System Workshop (PDF).
This report is one of five reporting results from the AcademyHealth Initiative: The Health IT for Actionable Knowledge project. EHRs enhance research capabilities by providing data that captures patient outcomes, is proximate to the point of care, and is available in near real-time. With such data, research becomes an important tool in the iterative innovation process referred to as the “learning health care system.” The ability to analyze EHR data in delivery systems has begun to blur traditional distinctions between research, especially HSR, and QI, creating new opportunities for multidisciplinary innovation in care delivery and the development of new research methodologies.
Academy Health – Using Evidence to Build a Learning Health Care System
This report describes successful learning systems developed by three dissimilar entities that share a commitment to health care innovation and improvement.
Institute of Medicine Learning Health System Series
To facilitate progress toward the development of a learning health system, the Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care has marshaled the insights of the nation's leading experts to explore in detail the prospects, and the necessity, for transformational change in the fundamental elements of health and health care. The assessments are reported in the 11 volumes of the IOM Learning Health System Series, published by the National Academies Press.
The University of Michigan covers national Learning Health System initiatives in detail.