UPMC Conference on Accelerating Stakeholder-Driven PCOR/CER in a Learning Health System

About the Conference

The ongoing shift from volume to value in U.S. health care, coupled with the availability of vast amounts of clinical data and more sophisticated analytics, has created both the need and the opportunity for health care organizations to evolve into learning health systems.

The Institute of Medicine defines a learning health care system as one in which “science, informatics, incentives, and culture are aligned for continuous improvement and innovation, with best practices seamlessly embedded in the delivery process and new knowledge captured as an integral by-product of delivery experience.”

Important advances in building a stakeholder-driven platform for accelerating a continuously learning health system are the result of a growing national emphasis on patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative effectiveness research (CER).

Despite these advances, several challenges to stakeholder-driven PCOR/CER remain:

  1. Health care stakeholders are not aware of the opportunities to contribute to improving system performance through PCOR/CER;
  2. Patients and health care professionals are not well educated on the methods and tools that can facilitate PCOR/CER in health systems; and
  3. Health systems lack clearly articulated, stakeholder-driven strategies for accelerating PCOR/CER.

Throughout the day panels of experts will share their experiences, and you will have the opportunity to learn and engage in meaningful dialogue with other participants. As a conference attendee, your contributions to the discussion will play an important role in helping build a Strategic Roadmap for promoting stakeholder-driven PCOR/CER in health systems in the near-term and the transformation to a learning health system over time. The themes discussed will be compiled by the UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care and Wolff Center at UPMC, shared with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and included in an action plan to build a learning health system model.

Who Should Attend

Stakeholders who would find value in the information outlined at this conference may include:

  • Patients/Service users
  • Community organizations
  • Researchers
  • Policymakers
  • Providers
  • Employers/Purchasers
  • Payers
  • Funders
  • Health systems

Conference Partners

Conference Supporters

ACAP: Association for Community Affiliated PlansAHIP: America's Health Insurance PlansCommunity Care Behavioral Health OrganizationICRE: Institute for Clinical Research EducationNational Alliance on Mental IllnessPaTH Network: Patient Empowered ResearchCTSI: Clinical & Translational Science InstituteUPMC Health Plan