Innovations Exchange Learning Communities

People exchanging ideasThe AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange, in an effort to support the adoption and spread of innovations, sponsored three Learning Communities (LCs) that aimed to improve health care. The Innovations Exchange defines a learning community as a select group of potential adopters and stakeholders who engage in a shared learning process to facilitate adaptation and implementation of innovations featured in the Innovations Exchange. Each LC convened participants around a common health care delivery challenge, which represented a high-priority topic area identified by AHRQ.

Learning Community participants worked together in an interactive group setting and leveraged Innovations Exchange resources to address a defined problem, adopting elements of specific innovations or innovation “clusters.” The cluster concept was designed to provide an array of strategies and solutions so that participants could adapt and tailor innovations to their organizations' unique context. Participants received technical assistance from nationally recognized experts to help them implement these innovative strategies. This shared learning approach coupled with expert guidance helped spread successful efforts to improve health care delivery.

To learn more about each LC's aims, membership, and related innovations, visit their individual pages:

This LC was comprised of 11 Florida-based hospitals that developed a new (or enhanced an existing) patient and family advisor program; in addition, they adopted one or more additional patient- and family-centered care strategies based on their unique organizational context.
Participants in this LC, located in the Detroit metropolitan area, collaborated across systems and agencies to identify individuals who use emergency services frequently and to connect them to more appropriate care in outpatient settings.
This LC explored interprofessional care in ambulatory care settings, with a particular focus on incorporating pharmacists within primary care teams that serve at-risk patients with chronic conditions.

The collective work of the LCs along with a subsequent evaluation was designed to provide generalizable knowledge and insight about factors that influence adoption and spread of innovations. To share findings from the Learning Communities' practice improvement efforts, the Innovations Exchange developed the document, Developing and Implementing Learning Communities: Findings and Lessons from the AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange.

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