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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 Award Program (LHS-AP)

We are now seeking applicants for the inaugural IHDPS Learning Health System Award Program (LHS-AP), and will be accepting applications from Baystate innovators through July 30th, 2021.

The LHS-AP offers an innovative funding mechanism designed to provide resources to support projects that lead to improvements in quality, value and patient experience using improvement science, informatics, and rigorous QI methodology. The projects should address challenges affecting the health of people in Western Massachusetts through continuous learning and improvement.

For more information, please see the Request for Applications document.

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 15, 2021 - cancelled
  • Thursday, August 19, 2021 - cancelled
  • Thursday, September 16, 2021, 12-1pm, @WebEx. Kathaleen Barker, MD, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, UMMS-B, presenting "Remote Patient Monitoring in Prenatal and Postpartum Care"
  • Thursday, October 21, 2021, 12-1pm, @WebEx. Tashanna Myers, MD, FACOG, FACS, Chief of Gynecologic Oncology Division, Baystate Medical Center; Associate Professor, UMMS-B; Janivette Alsina, MD, PhD, surgical oncologist, Baystate Health; Assistant Professor, UMMS-B, presenting "Implementation of a Pilot Nutritional Optimization Program for Cancer Patients"