The prototype of a frailty learning health system: The HARMONY Model

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Learning Health Systems


Introduction: Rapid translation of research findings into clinical practice through innovation is critical to improve health systems and patient outcomes. Access to efficient systems of learning underpinned with real-time data are the future of healthcare. This type of health system will decrease unwarranted clinical variation, accelerate rapid evidence translation, and improve overall healthcare quality. Methods: This paper aims to describe The HARMONY model (acHieving dAta-dRiven quality iMprovement to enhance frailty Outcomes using a learNing health sYstem), a new frailty learning health system model of implementation science and practice improvement. The HARMONY model provides a prototype for clinical quality registry infrastructure and partnership within health care. Results: The HARMONY model was applied to the Western Sydney Clinical Frailty Registry as the prototype exemplar. The model networks longitudinal frailty data into an accessible and useable format for learning. Creating local capability that networks current data infrastructures to translate and improve quality of care in real-time. Conclusion: This prototype provides a model of registry data feedback and quality improvement processes in an inpatient aged care and rehabilitation hospital setting to help reduce clinical variation, enhance research translation capacity, and improve care quality.

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Western Sydney Local Health District



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