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A Learning Health Care System for Pediatrics

William Gardner, PhD1,2; Kelly Kelleher, MD, MPH3
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1Department of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
2Department of Pediatrics, Ohio State University, Columbus
3The Research Institute, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(4):303-304. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5163.
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A learning health care system (LHCS) continuously gathers data, evaluates them, and implements change to improve quality, health outcomes, and save costs.1 LHCSs have been discussed for adult health care but could also be important in the improvement of pediatrics. However, the mission of a pediatric LHCS should be driven by the distinctive goals of child well-being.

Article InformationCorresponding Author: Kelly Kelleher, MD, MPH, The Research Institute, Nationwide Children's Hospital, 700 Children's Dr, JW4985, Columbus, OH 43205 (kelly.kelleher@nationwidechildrens.org).

Published Online: February 3, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5163.

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

Additional Information: Dr Kelleher is the Vice President for Health Care Transformation at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and leader of Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families (HNHF), a public-private collaboration committed to the flourishing of children in the high-risk neighborhoods surrounding Nationwide Children’s Hospital. HNHF focuses on children younger than 5 years and their families to cultivate long-term healthy behaviors and safe and secure neighborhoods.

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