Online Program

Public health in a learning health system

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Jennifer Bernstein, JD, MPH, Network for Public Health Law, Mid-States Region, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
The Institute of Medicine defines a Learning Health System as a system “in which progress in science, informatics and care culture align to generate new knowledge as an ongoing, natural by-product of the care experience, and seamlessly refine and deliver best practices for continuous improvement in health and health care.” The development of a national Learning Health System could mean important new capabilities for public health including increased capacity for disease surveillance, faster dissemination of effective healthcare interventions, increased data sharing between public health and clinical care systems and consumer empowerment through greater access to health information. In March 2013, a national conference was convened in Ann Arbor to explore the role of public health in a Learning Health System. This session will discuss the findings of the conference and explore topics such as the benefit of public health participation, legal and policy limitations, integration challenges and strategic next steps for public health in the development of a national Learning Health System.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Clinical medicine applied in public health
Communication and informatics

Learning Objectives:
Define learning health system. Describe the benefits of public health participation in a learning health system. Identify integration challenges and legal and policy limitations to public health participation in a learning health system.

Keyword(s): Health Information Systems, Information Technology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a staff attorney at the Network for Public Health Law - Mid-states Region. We organized and hosted the Public Health in the Learning Health System conference with the help of a national team of experts in public health informatics, law and policy. I have expertise in information security policy and data sharing law.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.