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As part of our work to speed and spread improvement in pediatric healthcare, the Anderson Center builds and supports sustainable collaborative networks. These Learning Networks enable patients and families, clinicians, researchers and communities to work together in a compelling process of quality improvement, innovation and discovery that measurably improves care and outcomes for children and families. Patients and parents are essential partners in understanding the experience of care and keeping us focused on the important outcomes. This work is led by Carole Lannon, MD, MPH.
Learning Networks are multisite, practice-based clinical networks that use data for research and improvement. These networks involve collaborations among engaged patients and families, multidisciplinary teams of clinicians and staff, researchers and communities. Learning Networks span a broad reach of conditions, settings and geographic locations and drive the spread of innovation beyond the walls of Cincinnati Children’s and into other communities and settings.
The power of combined learning and data is particularly important in pediatrics because of the limitations posed by having small numbers of patients at any one site. By combining patients and practices across a Learning Network, improvement is not only enhanced but also accelerated.
To fulfill our vision, we will use Learning Networks to:
The Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence supports networks that focus on measurable outcomes at both regional and national levels. Here are summaries of each, with links to additional information and websites.
Using improvement science, this effort aims to reduce preterm births and improve outcomes of preterm newborns as quickly as possible. Initial projects reduced bloodstream infections by 20 percent in hospitalized premature infants (24 NICUs) and decreased near-term deliveries without medical indications by more than 16,000 births(20 OB units). These projects produced an estimated savings to Ohio of at least $11 million in annual costs. Visit the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative website.
> Listen to a related story on NPR: “Doctors To Pregnant Women: Wait At Least 39 Weeks”
Why we started using Learning Networks and what we've learned along the way.
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