Kaiser Permanente Washington’s Learning Health System (LHS) Program brings our research institute and care delivery system together to design, implement, and evaluate initiatives that benefit our members, our care teams, and the communities we serve. We use research evidence, data and advanced analytics, implementation science, and member experience to spread sustainable best practices across our health system.
A key role of the LHS Program is to help Kaiser Permanente Washington act quickly to implement changes when urgent needs arise—such as the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Using LHS Program capabilities helps Kaiser Permanente Washington make timely, patient-centered decisions that are informed by science, driven by our own data, and designed to be sustainable.
Using advanced analytics and scientific evidence to support rapid COVID-19 response
Other ways we're contributing in the era of COVID-19
Over the past year, the LHS Program has been partnering with colleagues in Mental Health and Wellness to explore the challenge of ensuring access to high-quality mental health care for Kaiser Permanente Washington members and to recommend evidence-based interventions that could contribute to improvements. Project lead Julie Richards recently presented our final report to Mental Health and Wellness (MHW) leaders. The report includes:
Next up: Julie will present key findings from the report to MHW's Master's Level Therapist (MLT) Improvement Committee on June 5.
Katie Coleman describes how the COVID-19 pandemic ushered in a new normal at Kaiser Permanente Washington and how research is vital to making it thrive
As part of Kaiser Permanente Washington's new Adolescent Integrated Mental Health (AIMH) initiative, Gwen Lapham is leading an LHS Program team as they kick off a series of interviews and focus groups with teen members. Kudos to Gwen and her team for pivoting quickly to develop a virtual approach to these discussions--ensuring that this important work can move forward while prioritizing participant safety during COVID-19.
Hats off to Claire Allen, Jessica Mogk, Nora Henrikson, and Paula Blasi, who conducted a rapid literature review on telehealth on an extremely tight timeline. Kaiser Permanente Washington leaders will use findings from their review to help guide future strategies around virtual care.
KING 5 News, Dec. 2, 2019
For more information about Kaiser Permanente Washington's Learning Health System Program, please email us at KPWALHS@kp.org.