The Learning Healthcare System and Cardiovascular Care: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association

Circulation. 2017 Apr 4;135(14):e826-e857. doi: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000480. Epub 2017 Mar 2.


The learning healthcare system uses health information technology and the health data infrastructure to apply scientific evidence at the point of clinical care while simultaneously collecting insights from that care to promote innovation in optimal healthcare delivery and to fuel new scientific discovery. To achieve these goals, the learning healthcare system requires systematic redesign of the current healthcare system, focusing on 4 major domains: science and informatics, patient-clinician partnerships, incentives, and development of a continuous learning culture. This scientific statement provides an overview of how these learning healthcare system domains can be realized in cardiovascular disease care. Current cardiovascular disease care innovations in informatics, data uses, patient engagement, continuous learning culture, and incentives are profiled. In addition, recommendations for next steps for the development of a learning healthcare system in cardiovascular care are presented.

Keywords: AHA Scientific Statements; cardiovascular diseases; delivery of health care; informatics; learning; science; technology.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • American Heart Association
  • Cardiovascular Diseases*
  • Delivery of Health Care*
  • Humans
  • United States