The Learning Health Care System in America

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Health Services, Coverage, and Access
Board: HMD Executive Office

Activity Description

The IOM will consider the issues and urgent actions necessary to foster the development of a learning healthcare system designed to generate and apply the best evidence for the collaborative healthcare choices of each patient and provider; to drive the process of discovery as a natural outgrowth of patient care; and to ensure innovation, quality, safety, and value in health care. To encourage the transition toward this ideal, the IOM will conduct a two-stage study on the foundational elements of a learning healthcare system that is effective, constantly improving and innovating, and provides the most value to patients. This study will result in a report that identifies the major strengths of the current healthcare system as well as opportunities for advancement and propose policy initiatives to accelerate progress toward a learning system that delivers care noted for its safety, effectiveness, and value.

The Committee's report, Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America, was released on September 6, 2012.

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