Supporting Learning Health Systems
AHRQ conducts research and provides training, tools, and data to help health care delivery organizations of every size move towards becoming learning health systems. These AHRQ initiatives are supporting learning health systems:
Evidence-based Practice Center Program
As part of AHRQ's commitment to accelerating the spread of evidence-based best practices across learning health systems, the Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Program helps learning health systems use the evidence from AHRQ’s evidence reports to improve patient care. This webpage showcases projects by the EPC program, including a panel that guides product development, to help make evidence reports more useful for health systems.
Comparative Health Systems Performance Initiative
This initiative involves obtaining, enhancing, and disseminating data related to health systems; conducting research and analyses about what works in delivering health care by health systems; and disseminating findings to a wide variety of audiences. Read a project summary.
CDS Connect is a cutting-edge, digital platform for sharing clinical decision support (CDS) and for making the process of developing and implementing CDS more efficient, systematic, and replicable. More than just computerized alerts and reminders, CDS is a process that weaves together people and technology and aims to bring the right information, to the right people, using the right technology and format, at the right time during workflow to improve the quality of care. Read a project summary (PDF, 75 KB).
This large, national grant initiative was dedicated to helping small- and medium-sized primary care practices across the country use the latest evidence to improve the heart health of millions of Americans. Accelerating the uptake and use of evidence by primary care practices has the potential to improve care and health outcomes for millions of people. Read a project summary (PDF, 91 KB).
Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program
The Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) is a proven method for preventing healthcare-associated infections and other patient harms. CUSP, which was developed at Johns Hopkins with AHRQ support, combines improvements in safety culture, teamwork, and communication with a checklist of evidence-based practices for preventing the target HAI or patient harm. Read a project summary (PDF, 49.2 KB).
CAHPS is an initiative to help patients, consumers, clinicians, payers, and other stakeholders understand patient experience of care. These state-of-the-art tools and resources help CAHPS users measure and improve quality using methods that begin with the patient's perspective of what is important in a health care encounter.
AHRQ QIs are evidence-based measures of health care quality that use readily available hospital inpatient administrative data to measure and track health care quality and patient safety within the hospital or across the community.