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New Initiatives

HSR&D announces new initiatives to support goals of a learning health care system


 Dr. Donna Washington (seated), seen here with colleague Dr. Alison Hamilton
VA researchers working in implementation science and related areas will be encouraged to apply for new funding awards designed to support VA as a learning health care system. Dr. Donna Washington (seated), seen here with colleague Dr. Alison Hamilton, is with VA's Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy, one of several HSR&D groups focused in these areas. (Photo by Nathan Morgan)

VA researchers working in implementation science and related areas will be encouraged to apply for new funding awards designed to support VA as a learning health care system. Dr. Donna Washington (seated), seen here with colleague Dr. Alison Hamilton, is with VA's Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy, one of several HSR&D groups focused in these areas. (Photo by Nathan Morgan)

In 2007, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a book-length report titled The Learning Healthcare System. The report defined and described a new conceptual approach for integrating clinical research and clinical medicine.

A learning health care system, IOM wrote, is "designed to generate and apply the best evidence for the collaborative healthcare choices of each patient and provider; to drive the process of discovery as a natural outgrowth of patient care; and to ensure innovation, quality, safety, and value in healthcare."

VA envisions its learning health care system as being responsive to new information; adapting to implement more effective clinical practices; and remaining committed to an ongoing mission of excellence, supported by a culture of self-reflection and continuing education.

Recently, HSR&D issued requests for applications (RFAs) to support key components of this system. The topics covered in these new RFAs are measurement science, operations research, provider behavior, and randomized program implementation.

Each RFA is designed to stimulate research in one of these topics, and to further enhance VA's status as a learning health care system. All research proposals submitted under the RFAs will be peer-reviewed by HSR&D's Scientific Merit Review Board. The board will evaluate the quality of the proposed research and make recommendations to the director of HSR&D on scientific merit, budgets, and the duration of funding.


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