Kaiser Permanente Washington’s Learning Health System (LHS) Program is a formal collaboration that connects our health system, medical group, and research institute. Our shared goal is to continually identify and implement practical innovations that improve our services, our value, our work environment, and our members’ health.
Our work is based on forging strong partnerships among our scientists, clinicians, operational managers, and staff—so we can take rapid action to implement best practices and evaluate their impact. The LHS Program brings together people with diverse expertise from across our organization—providing a unique opportunity to work together and learn from each other, and from our members and their experiences.
To date, more than 40 researchers and staff from across Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) have worked with partners in our health plan and care delivery system on dozens of projects aimed at helping us ensure Kaiser Permanente Washington is the best place in our region to give and get health care.
A group from Kaiser Permanente's National Program Office in Oakland recently visited Kaiser Permanente Washington to learn more about the organization's Community Resource Specialist (CRS) program. In our latest Healthy Findings blog post, CRS Assistant Manager and LHS Partner Cindee DeWitt talks about their visit and how the CRS program helps meet our members' social needs in primary care.
KPWHRI Associate Investigator and LHS Partner Michael L. Jackson, PhD, MPH, was recently interviewed by Seattle's KING 5 News about his LHS project that used predictive analytics to drive outreach to Kaiser Permanente Washington members at risk of complications from the flu. Members who received an outreach phone call were nearly twice as likely to come in for a flu shot. Based these findings, Kaiser Permanente Washington has adopted this intervention systemwide.
TheLHS Program was well-represented at the 12th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health hosted by AcademyHealth in Washington D.C., December 4-6.
KPWHRI Senior Investigator and LHS Partner Greg Simon, MD, MPH, was quoted in an October 24 TIME magazine article highlighting health system efforts to prevent suicide. Dr. Simon described how Kaiser Permanente is using predictive analytics to help identify people who are at risk for suicide attempt or death. Learn more about the LHS Program's work in predictive analytics on our projects page.
Cindee DeWitt describes how Kaiser Permanente Washington’s community resource specialist program stands out among efforts to meet patients’ social needs. Healthy Findings, Jan. 2020.
KING 5 News, Dec. 2, 2019
Puget Sound Business Journal, Sept. 13, 2019
Claire Allen, an implemenation expert and LHS core team member, shares her poster describing the 27 core constructs that an LHS program can use to assess readiness and measure the program’s progress and impact. View poster.
For more information about Kaiser Permanente Washington's Learning Health System Program, please email us at KPWALHS@kp.org.