AHIMA endorses values of data-driven learning health system

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has endorsed core values of a learning health system (LHS) that supports using high-quality data to improve patient health.

The LHS concept focuses on sharing data and information between physicians, clients, public health programs and research facilities. That data can then be used to help people make informed health decisions, according to AHIMA. 

The system seeks to build on initiatives already in place, including the meaningful use of electronic health records.

The move is in line with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's interoperability roadmap, which will scale current health information exchange approaches "across vendor platforms" to support transitions of care and public health. According to the roadmap, published earlier this month, by 2024, the national health IT infrastructure and data standards will evolve to support robust information sharing and aggregation, creating a "continuous learning" environment for care. Announcement