Learning Health System

Simply put, Learning Health Systems iteratively implement and evaluate health improvement projects. This cycle of continuous improvement results in higher-quality, safer and more efficient care for patients, and better professional satisfaction for healthcare providers.

More specifically, Learning Health Systems are systems in which “science, informatics, incentives, and culture are aligned for continuous improvement and innovation, with best practices seamlessly embedded in the delivery process and new knowledge captured as an integral by product of the delivery experience” (Institute of Medicine, 2015).

Learning Health Systems

Systematically gather and apply evidence in real time to improve decision-making and guide care.

Continuously assess outcomes and refine processes to create a feedback cycle of learning and improvement.

How AbSPORU is fostering a Learning Health System

The Learning Health System team works to build capacity for health system learning and improvement by:

  • Providing knowledge translation and implementation science consultation services, resources, and training to researchers, health system practitioners and innovation and quality improvement teams.
  • Building learning communities and partnerships
  • The KT Alberta Community of Practice was created for people working in health-related knowledge translation in Alberta.
  • The Implementation Science Collaborative brings together academic and health systems stakeholders to strengthen implementation efforts within Alberta’s health system.