The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has issued the final publication of its report, Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America. ASCO continues to support the IOM report’s core recommendations for establishing a “learning health system” in the United States and aims to achieve them through its development of CancerLinQ, the Society’s multiphase rapid-learning initiative.
The report describes a rapid learning system that will use real-time knowledge to improve outcomes, engage patients and family members, create a new culture of care, and form a continuous cycle of quality improvement in cancer care. The report made 10 recommendations for developing the rapid learning system in health care. Through its work on CancerLinQ, ASCO is already working to address seven of these recommendations.
To access the report and its additional materials, please visit the report’s webpage on the IOM’s website at http://www.iom.edu/ ■
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