What is a Learning Health Care System?

A Learning Health Care System (LHCS) is an aspirational model for health care delivery that aims to improve the quality of both clinical care and research while enhancing the patient experience.  It is a system “in which science, informatics, incentives, and culture are aligned for continuous improvement and innovation” (Institute of Medicine, 2007).  In a LHCS, a natural feedback loop is created where everyday practice informs and guides the medical research that produces real-time improvements in clinical care. A LHCS transforms and aligns various existing pieces within the US health care system including, but not limited to: health care data, national policy, institutional culture, and patient-provider relationships.

How Johns Hopkins University contributes to the Learning Health Care System Transformation

The research team at Johns Hopkins University, led by Drs. Ruth Faden and Nancy Kass, is leading both empirical and normative projects aimed at helping institutions, health care systems, health care administrators, and those who are interested in learning about or adopting a Learning Health Care System. The goal of this initiative is twofold: to support the transformation to a learning health care system and to help ensure that learning activities carried out within such a system are conducted in an ethical manner.



aliJoseph Ali, JD, Research Scholar, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics RuthFadenSq-100x100Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, Philip Franklin Wagley Professor, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
kasssq-100x100Nancy Kass, ScD, Deputy Director of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics sugarmanJeremy Sugarman, MD, MPH, MA, Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics and Medicine, Deputy Director of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
KristinaHallez_CROP.JPGKristina Hallez, Senior Research Program Coordinator, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics JRJR Johnstone, MPH, Research Program Coordinator, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
morainStephanie Morain, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine HPM_Doctoral_Photo_Directory_2015-161-100x100Christian Morales, MA, Doctoral Student, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health