A learning healthcare system has emerged as a means of addressing the need to move evidence to the bedside in a manner that is meaningful and efficacious. The advent of electronic healthcare records has translated to massive quantities of clinical data; a learning healthcare system coupled with locally derived clinical rules will push practice-based evidence to the point of care where its application will mean improved quality and patient outcomes.
Author Affiliations: Clinical Process Manager (Ms Mason), Catholic Health Initiatives, Englewood, Colorado; and Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Affairs (Dr Barton), College of Nursing, University of Colorado–Denver, Centennial.
No funding was received from any of the following organizations: National Institutes of Health, Wellcome Trust, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and other(s).
The authors report no conflicts of interest.
Correspondence: Amy J. Barton, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Colorado–Denver, 13120 E 19th Ave, Room 3216, Mail Stop C288-5, PO Box 6511, Aurora, CO 80045 (firstname.lastname@example.org).