Healthcare Learning Collaboratives

ALL IN: Using Healthcare Collaboratives to Save Lives and Improve Care

Healthcare Learning Collaboratives 1st National Conference

Cynosure Health’s 1st national conference: Healthcare Learning Collaboratives, Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities was held on November 4-5, 2015 at the Baltimore Maryland Inner Harbor at Camden Yards.  World leaders and experts in healthcare collaboratives shared their experiences in areas such as design, funding, implementation and execution.   

Marybeth Sharpe, Ph.D., Program Director for the Moore Foundation and Bruce Sprulock MD, President and CEO of Cynosure Health, opened the conference. Marybeth shared the poignant story of Betty Moore's own medical error experience that led the Moore Foundation to add Patient Care/Safety as one of their key programs.  Bruce acknowledged and thanked the many contributors to the new book, All In: Using Healthcare Collaboratives to Save Lives and Improve Care, including Brent James, MD, MStat, who provided a testimonial for the book, identifying the power of collaboratives to rapidly spread knowledge.

"Knowledge comes in two flavors - knowledge that and knowledge how"

Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP provided the keynote address, Collaborative Improvement: a Brief and Recent History, taking us from the development of the IHI Breakthrough Series model, through early collaborative work, to more recent collaboratives. Plenary speaker Andrew Cooper provided an evidence-based framework for communication to support improvement.  The framework can be applied to large scale campaigns or to unit based initiatives.  Janhavi Kirtane Fritz with the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) addressed the use of technology to advance collaborative learning  and moving knowledge management to “social learning”.  During her presentation, Janhavi introduced the HealthDoers Platform, an online open community aimed to provide a platform for connection and learning across the ecosystem.

A conference highlight was the launch of the new book, All In: Using Healthcare Collaboratives to Save Lives and Improve Care, with all registrants receiving an advance copyMany of the book contributors were at the conference, either as speakers, panelists or attendees, providing a great book-signing opportunity! The book will be available for purchase at the IHI National Forum and through by clicking here.





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Donald Berwick MD, MPP, FRCP Keynote Speaker Address, Healthcare Learning Collaboratives First National Conference

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"In the face of ever-accelerating rates of health reform, the ability to quickly learn and adapt is an increasingly essential survival skill. Collaborative learning, as this book illustrates, is a powerful method to rapidly spread knowledge. Yet knowledge comes in two flavors – “knowledge that” and “knowledge how.” Knowing that a bicycle has two wheels, a seat, handlebars and a foot-pedal crank, for example, stands in sharp contrast to the practical knowledge of how to ride a bike. 

This book assembles the world’s leading experts around healthcare collaborative learning, where “all teach, all learn” to massively accelerate learning and effective change. They share both the theory (knowledge that) and principles of practical application (knowledge how). Their complementary viewpoints and varied practical examples illuminate the central issues and core principles from every angle. That’s what makes it possible to apply these methods to the unique circumstances of any actual healthcare organization."

Brent James, M.D., MStat

Chief Quality Officer, Intermountain Health Care 


"All In: Using Healthcare Collaboratives to Save Lives and Improve Care provides a unified vision and approach for developing and implementing internal and large-scale collaboratives. In each chapter, the authors provide valuable insights and practical steps that can be adopted and that are immediately actionable. This book is a reference tool that both the novice and expert improvement leader will come back to again and again. I know that I will.”

Kathleen Ciccone, DrPH, RN

Executive Director, HANYS Quality Institute


"The book is full of countless tactics to be utilized to improve the skills sets of leaders of collaboratives and to further improve the work of collaboratives. I plan to use my notes to reflect on what actions I can take now and in the future for improvement of myself and the work being done."   

Cyndy Dunlap, RN, MPA, NEA-BC, FACHE

Vice President, QualityTexas Hospital Association


"The book contains numerous ideas. The mantra ‘Aims create systems, systems create change’ was primary for me".

Kimberly Cahill, MBA, BSN, RN

Quality Insights Project Coordinator, West Virginia Medical Institute