January 3, 2019

Creating Rapid-learning Health Systems in Canada

Most Canadian health systems have both a health system and a research system that are increasingly putting patients and rapid learning and improvement at their centre. This report is meant to start a conversation about how the framework and concepts can be adapted, piloted and iteratively revised within and across Canadian jurisdictions.

Creating rapid-learning health systems offers the potential to:

  1. 'move the dial’ for patients in their experiences and outcomes in rapid-improvement cycles;
  2. enable data- and evidence-informed transformations at all levels of a health system;
  3. motivate greater collaboration among, and enable greater impacts of (and returns on investments in), all elements of the research system;
  4. and better leverage quality-improvement and other learning and improvement infrastructures operating at the interface between the health and research systems.

This rapid synthesis was commissioned by the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research and the Canadian Health Services and Policy Research Alliance to serve as a jumping off point for their efforts to support the creation of rapid-learning health systems across Canada. The report is meant to start a conversation about how the framework and concepts can be adapted, piloted and iteratively revised within and across Canadian jurisdictions.