Case Study: Healthcare Learning Networks – Tapping the Power of Working Together
Healthcare systems rely on management approaches and organizational architectures developed during the industrial age, so it’s no wonder that many are finding it difficult to keep pace with today’s dynamic landscape, explosive knowledge growth, and rapid innovation. At the same time, networks are transforming other industries that face similar challenges by building on the science of cooperation, non-market economics, and evolutionary biology. Such self-organizing, complex systems are driving innovation in a variety of fields and can provide a model for how learning networks can transform healthcare. Cincinnati Children’s Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence is at the forefront of the learning network movement, which is transforming the delivery of care by using big data to mobilize collaboration between patients, families, clinicians, and scientists. The Anderson Center supports networks that bring together patients, clinicians, and health system leaders across 412 care centers at 271 organizations in 43 states, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Working together, these networks have improved remission rates in children with inflammatory bowel disease, reduced mortality in children with complex congenital heart disease, decreased infant mortality, and saved children from harm and medical errors. Join Cincinnati Children’s leaders, along with several patient and parent partners, for an interactive and thought-provoking session about how learning networks in healthcare are harnessing the power of working together to meet the demands of the rapidly changing industry landscape.