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Learning Health System Rounds

What is a Learning Health System?

The Learning Health System (LHS) is a novel and rapidly evolving approach for improving the outcomes of individuals, populations, and health care organizations. Learning Health Systems are organizations in which knowledge generation processes are embedded in daily practice to produce continually improved care.

LHS process

AHRQ Evidence-Based Practice Center Program. Borsky et al, 2019.

In a learning health system, internal data and experience are systematically integrated with external evidence and that knowledge is used to drive improvements that can change people life and health. As a result, patients get higher quality, safer, and more efficient care, and health care delivery organizations become better places to work.

Learning Health System Rounds at Baystate Health

LHS Rounds are a venue where members of the Division of Healthcare Quality, Operations Excellence, Clinical Informatics, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and the Institute for Healthcare Delivery and Population Science collaborate with clinicians from across Baystate Health to address topics of high strategic importance to our health system. Our goal is to systematically gather and apply evidence, analytics, and informatics in real-time to guide improvements in our organization and transform practice. Collaboration is at the heart of the LHS and convenes experts that share a common goal: to develop deeper understanding of learning processes and their supporting environments.

What will the LHS Rounds look like?

We will bring together individuals from across the health system with expertise in evidence-based practice, informatics, change management, quality and safety, study design, analytics, data visualization, and more to transform delivery of care and accelerate our journey towards becoming a LHS. At these sessions, we will design, implement, and evaluate initiatives using rigorous methods and produce novel insights that can be rapidly implemented to improve the outcomes of the population in western Massachusetts and the Baystate Health system’s performance.

If you have topics, suggestions, or feedback in mind, please contact Dr. Mihaela Stefan at or Aubri Drake at

Upcoming LHS Rounds

  • Thursday, July 18, 2019, 12-1pm, @ BMC – MassMutual 6
  • Thursday, September 26, 2019, 12-1pm, @ BMC – MassMutual 5
  • Thursday, October 24, 201912-1pm, @ BMC – MassMutual 5
  • Thursday, November 21, 2019, 12-1pm, @ BMC – MassMutual 5
  • Thursday, December 19, 2019, 12-1pm, @ BMC – MassMutual 5

Past LHS Rounds

  • Thursday, June 20th, 2019, 12-1pm, @ MassMutual6: SWOT Analysis continued 
  • Thursday, May 23rd, 2019, 12-1pm, @ MassMutual 6: SWOT Analysis
  • Thursday, April 25th, 2019, 12-1pm, @ MassMutual 5: Tara Lagu, MD, MPH, on “How can we use patient comments to improve care?”
  • Thursday, February 14th, 2019, 12-1pm, @ MassMutual 6: Howard Goldberg, MD; Paul Visintainer, PhD; Sandeep Muddasani; Doug Salvador, MD, MPH; Peter Lindenauer, MD, MSc; Lauren Westafer, DO, MPH; Tara Lagu, MD, MPH; Quinn Pack, MD, MSc; on “The LHS at Baystate: mission, staff, and projects of Epi/Biostat, IHDPS, Analytics, and DHQ/Operations Excellence”
  • Thursday, January 17th, 2019, 12-1pm, @ 3601 Main St, PVLSI: Howard Goldberg, MD; Peter Lindenauer, MD, MSc; & Doug Salvador, MD, MPH, on “What is the LHS and why is it important?”