What is a learning health system?

A learning health system is centered on people with lived and living experience, their families, and communities. Learning health systems focus on putting evidence into practice in ways that can improve people’s health care and experiences in BC.

Learning health systems:
• establish processes to support ongoing and routine improvement.
• collect data at all stages, and regularly review and analyze this data to help improve care.
• partner with patients to identify areas where change will make a meaningful difference.

Why does BC need a learning health system?

Patients receive better care when health systems prioritize patient experiences when putting research evidence into practice.

How can the BC SUPPORT Unit help?

We help health systems meet the needs of people in BC by supporting teams doing health research and quality improvement to:
• engage with diverse patients and communities to improve health research evidence.
• access, use and analyze data for continuous learning to help improve practice.
• put the latest evidence into practice.

We consult directly with health authority teams to support improvement of publicly funded health services that are cost-effective, evidence-based, equitable and that respond to patient needs.

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Read our FAQ for health authorities on learning health systems