Learning Health Systems – MIE 2016

The first day of Medical Informatics Europe 2016 for me consisted of a tutorial led by Dr Niels Peek and Dr Evan Kontopantelis from the University of Manchester on the topic of Learning Health Systems followed by two very interesting Keynotes from Martin McKee and Andre Kushniruk.

First, Learning Health Systems.  The original concept was developed by the Institute of Medicine in the US in 2007:

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Since then, the concept has been adopted for several large research studies such as the PCORI network in the US and the Transform EU project. In Manchester Neils and Evan are using the concept in their research using CPRD and other large UK health databases through the Health e-Research Centre.

Our research group at Oxford has also been looking into Learning Health Systems, particularly for use in low-resource settings such as Kenya and we recently published a paper in PLOS Medicine about this opportunity.

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The MIE Learning Health Systems tutorial highlighted a number of great resources and concepts which I tweeted as the tutorial progressed. Niels was first presenting on the original concepts and research about learning health systems:

Niels was also kind enough to package up all the tutorial resources including the research papers mentioned and has shared them on Twitter:

Dr Kontopantelis’s presentation gave a great overview of the statistical issues relating to learning health systems:

After the tutorial, we had two great keynotes to kick off the conference proper. The first by Martin McKee was a very entertaining overview of the political economy of health:

Prof McKee’s speech generated lots of questions and discussion about how politics impacts on healthcare from the audience and also on twitter:

The second keynote was a very good overview of current usability methods by Prof Andre Kushnurik:

Andre is a guru of UX research in healthcare and it was great to hear that he has two (two!) new books coming out in early 2017:

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I’m looking forward to business meetings with IMIA colleagues today and another interesting keynote this afternoon. Stay tuned…

 

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Dr Chris Paton

Dr Chris Paton is the Group Health for Global Health Informatics at the University of Oxford.

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