Healthcare Learning Collaboratives 1st National Conference

Cynosure Health’s 1st national conference: Healthcare Learning Collaboratives, Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities was held on November 4-5, 2015 at the Baltimore Maryland Inner Harbor at Camden Yards.  World leaders and experts in healthcare collaboratives shared their experiences in areas such as design, funding, implementation and execution.

Marybeth Sharpe, Ph.D., Program Director for the Moore Foundation and Bruce Sprulock MD, President and CEO of Cynosure Health, opened the conference. Marybeth shared the poignant story of Betty Moore’s own medical error experience that led the Moore Foundation to add Patient Care/Safety as one of their key programs.  Bruce acknowledged and thanked the many contributors to the new book, All In: Using Healthcare Collaboratives to Save Lives and Improve Care, including Brent James, MD, MStat, who provided a testimonial for the book, identifying the power of collaboratives to rapidly spread knowledge.

Knowledge comes in two flavors – knowledge that and knowledge how

Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP provided the keynote address, Collaborative Improvement: a Brief and Recent History, taking us from the development of the IHI Breakthrough Series model, through early collaborative work, to more recent collaboratives. Plenary speaker Andrew Cooper provided an evidence-based framework for communication to support improvement.  The framework can be applied to large scale campaigns or to unit based initiatives.  Janhavi Kirtane Fritz with the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) addressed the use of technology to advance collaborative learning  and moving knowledge management to “social learning”.  During her presentation, Janhavi introduced the HealthDoers Platform, an online open community aimed to provide a platform for connection and learning across the ecosystem.

A conference highlight was the launch of the new book, All In: Using Healthcare Collaboratives to Save Lives and Improve Care, with all registrants receiving an advance copy.  Many of the book contributors were at the conference, either as speakers, panelists or attendees, providing a great book-signing opportunity! The book will be available for purchase at the IHI National Forum and through by clicking here.

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