AHIMA Endorses Learning Health System’s Core Values | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

AHIMA Endorses Learning Health System’s Core Values

June 16, 2014
by John DeGaspari
| Reprints
Supports national collaborative effort to share quality data, information to improve patient health

The Chicago-based American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has endorsed of the core values of a learning health system (LHS) that it maintains supports an effort to share secure, high-quality data to improve patient health.

As explained by AHIMA, the LHS concept represents a transformative vision of data, information, and knowledge sharing to empower all stakeholders to routinely engage in virtuous cycles of continuous learning and improvement. It envisions a system in which physicians and clinicians, care delivery systems, public health programs and clinical research facilities routinely and securely aggregate data from disparate sources, convert the data into information and share this intelligence in timely and actionable formats to help patients, caregivers and others make informed health decisions.

A recent Journal of AHIMA article profiled the LHS and why it is needed.

Citing several Institute of Medicine reports on inefficiencies in healthcare and the possibility for medical errors, developers of the LHS concept designed it as a way to meet these challenges and improve the healthcare system. As part of its endorsement, AHIMA joins the Learning Health Community, a coalition of healthcare organizations committed to advancing the LHS values.

“AHIMA recognizes that needs are evolving from simply translating health data to providing instant access to health intelligence that not only drives clinical and administrative decision-making in real time, but arms physicians and their patients with trustworthy information they need to make health decisions,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, in a prepared statement. “The core values of a learning health system, including access to secure, accurate health information are in line with AHIMA’s long-standing commitment to quality healthcare through quality information.”




Cerner Files Protest over $62M EHR Contract Awarded to Epic

Cerner Corp. has filed a protest against rival EHR vendor Epic Systems following an “unfair bidding process and a possible conflict of interest” for a recent IT implementation contract awarded by the University of Illinois (UI) medical center.

NewYork-Presbyterian, Walgreens Partner on Telemedicine Initiative

NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens are collaborating to bring expanded access to NewYork-Presbyterian’s healthcare through new telemedicine services, the two organizations announced this week.

ONC Releases Patient Demographic Data Quality Framework

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) developed a framework to help health systems, large practices, health information exchanges and payers to improve their patient demographic data quality.

AMIA, Pew Urge Congress to Ensure ONC has Funding to Implement Cures Provisions

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) have sent a letter to congressional appropriators urging them to ensure that ONC has adequate funding to implement certain 21st Century Cures Act provisions.

Former Michigan Governor to Serve as Chair of DRIVE Health

Former Michigan Governor John Engler will serve as chair of the DRIVE Health Initiative, a campaign aimed at accelerating the U.S. health system's transition to value-based care.

NJ Medical Group Launches Statewide HIE, OneHealth New Jersey

The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently launched OneHealth New Jersey, a statewide health information exchange (HIE) that is now live.