By Dr Tom Foley, Dr Fergus Fairmichael.
This is our first major report, examining the potential of Learning Healthcare Systems. It examines the major challenges facing healthcare, defines a Learning Healthcare System, outlines the building blocks that must be in place to realise it, provided use cases that are already in operation and discusses the longer term implications. The report is based on a literature review as well as interviews, focus groups and site visits with around 60 experts in the UK and US. Most of the evidence collected is also available on this project website.