Disseminating Innovations in Teaching Value-Based Care Through an Online Learning Network

J Grad Med Educ. 2017 Aug;9(4):509-513. doi: 10.4300/JGME-D-17-00074.1.

Abstract

Background : A national imperative to provide value-based care requires new strategies to teach clinicians about high-value care.

Objective : We developed a virtual online learning network aimed at disseminating emerging strategies in teaching value-based care.

Methods : The online Teaching Value in Health Care Learning Network includes monthly webinars that feature selected innovators, online discussion forums, and a repository for sharing tools. The learning network comprises clinician-educators and health system leaders across North America. We conducted a cross-sectional online survey of all webinar presenters and the active members of the network, and we assessed program feasibility.

Results : Six months after the program launched, there were 277 learning community members in 22 US states. Of the 74 active members, 50 (68%) completed the evaluation. Active members represented independently practicing physicians and trainees in 7 specialties, nurses, educators, and health system leaders. Nearly all speakers reported that the learning network provided them with a unique opportunity to connect with a different audience and achieve greater recognition for their work. Of the members who were active in the learning network, most reported that strategies gleaned from the network were helpful, and some adopted or adapted these innovations at their home institutions. One year after the program launched, the learning network had grown to 364 total members.

Conclusions : The learning network helped participants share and implement innovations to promote high-value care. The model can help disseminate innovations in emerging areas of health care transformation, and is sustainable without ongoing support after a period of start-up funding.

MeSH terms

  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Diffusion of Innovation*
  • Education, Distance*
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Learning*
  • Social Support
  • Teaching / organization & administration*