Developing a framework for integrating health equity into the learning health system

Danielle Brooks*, Megan Douglas, Neelum Aggarwal, Shyam Prabhakaran, Kisha Holden, Dominic Mack

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While there have been gains in the overall quality of health care, racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes continue to persist in the United States. The Learning Health System (LHS) has the potential to significantly improve health care quality using patient-centered design, data analytics, and continuous improvement. To ensure that health disparities are also being addressed, targeted approaches must be used. This document sets forth a practical framework to incorporate health equity into a developing LHS. Using a case study approach, the framework is applied to 2 projects focused on the reduction of health disparities to highlight its application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere10029
JournalLearning Health Systems
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2017


  • health equity
  • health information technology
  • social determinants of health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Information Management

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