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Leadership Perspectives on Operationalizing the Learning Health Care System in an Integrated Delivery System

Authors:

Wayne Psek ,

George Washington University
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F. Daniel Davis,

Geisinger Health System
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Gloria Gerrity,

Geisinger Health System
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Rebecca Stametz,

Geisinger Health System
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Lisa Bailey-Davis,

Geisinger Health System
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Deb Henninger,

Geisinger Health System
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Dorothy Sellers,

Geisinger Health System
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Jonathan Darer

Abstract

Introduction: Healthcare leaders need operational strategies that support organizational learning for continued improvement and value generation. The learning health system (LHS) model may provide leaders with such strategies; however, little is known about leaders’ perspectives on the value and application of system-wide operationalization of the LHS model. The objective of this project was to solicit and analyze senior health system leaders’ perspectives on the LHS and learning activities in an integrated delivery system.

Methods: A series of interviews were conducted with 41 system leaders from a broad range of clinical and administrative areas across an integrated delivery system. Leaders’ responses were categorized into themes.

Findings: Ten major themes emerged from our conversations with leaders. While leaders generally expressed support for the concept of the LHS and enhanced system-wide learning, their concerns and suggestions for operationalization where strongly aligned with their functional area and strategic goals.

Discussion: Our findings suggests that leaders tend to adopt a very pragmatic approach to learning. Leaders expressed a dichotomy between the operational imperative to execute operational objectives efficiently and the need for rigorous evaluation. Alignment of learning activities with system-wide strategic and operational priorities is important to gain leadership support and resources. Practical approaches to addressing opportunities and challenges identified in the themes are discussed.

Conclusion: Continuous learning is an ongoing, multi-disciplinary function of a health care delivery system. Findings from this and other research may be used to inform and prioritize system-wide learning objectives and strategies which support reliable, high value care delivery.

How to Cite: Psek W, Davis FD, Gerrity G, Stametz R, Bailey-Davis L, Henninger D, et al.. Leadership Perspectives on Operationalizing the Learning Health Care System in an Integrated Delivery System. eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes). 2016;4(3):6. DOI: http://doi.org/10.13063/2327-9214.1233
Published on 10 Aug 2016.
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