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IOM Publishes Workshop Series Summary: Digital Infrastructure for the Learning Health System

Earlier this morning, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) held a public meeting to announce the publication of its workshop series summary, “Digital Infrastructure for the Learning Health System: The Foundation for Continuous Improvement in Health and Health Care.”  The summary addresses how EHRs, PHRs, Meaningful Use (MU), and other technologies and federal initiatives can facilitate progress toward a “Learning Health System (LHS).”

The workshop series was part of the IOM Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care‘s LHS initiative, which is intended to develop 11 publications discussing how science, informatics, incentives, and culture can be aligned for continuous improvement in medicine.   The Roundtable has been active since 2006 exploring various aspects of the LHS concept.

Chuck Friedman (Chief Scientific Officer, Office of the National Coordinator for HIT) discussed ONC’s thoughts and plans related to the LHS concept at today’s meeting.  The overarching theme of Dr. Friedman’s talk was that MU plus a “delta” equals the LHS; and it is the goal of ONC and others to identify or define the delta.  He mentioned that there are several ongoing projects within four federal agencies that comprise the Federal LHS Working Group to see if a single LHS can be formed using shared technologies and policies.  Dr. Friedman also mentioned that ONC will sponsor a new IOM study on what levels of data quality are needed for different types of learning.

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