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March 19, 2014

Transforming From Centers of Learning to Learning Health Systems: The Challenge for Academic Health Centers

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of California, San Francisco
  • 3Office of Medical Education, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

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JAMA. 2014;311(11):1109-1110. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.705

Health care organizations face intensifying pressure to achieve the triple aims of better patient experience, better health, and affordability. Although all health systems grapple with these imperatives, the tripartite mission of research, education, and patient care presents particular challenges for academic health centers in responding to demands for high-value, patient-centered care and population health. In this Viewpoint, we propose that health reform offers an opportunity for academic health centers to create new synergies across mission areas to become exemplary learning health systems.