Shared Research

Continuous Learning so that Outcomes get Better … and Better


In this era of tremendous excitement about applying new technology to healthcare, there have been so many startups founded on great theories or buzzy new technology, promising to build us a better mousetrap. Sadly, these new ideas rarely live up to the promise when they meet the complexities of real life healthcare. Hive Networks, on the other hand, benefits from being founded upon a solid base of 14 years of research, piloting, testing and refinement of the Learning Health Networks model and technology prototypes. This valuable work was led by the Anderson Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The population of active participants of these networks has grown to over 1 million members at over 600 clinical care sites representing 250 hospitals across 5 countries. Most important, they have achieved significant real world improvement in outcomes for patients.

Are patients’ needs that unreasonable? The following excerpt from NEJM has gone viral and is known to Learning Network community members as “The Chair Grant.”  

So I decided to write a grant. The hospital had just announced the current round of its annual grant program for addressing patient-centered needs that tended to be overlooked by regular departmental funding. I called the grant, ‘Providing holistic support for medical day unit patients and families.’ ‘The chair grant,’ as I came to refer to it, seemed to encapsulate the chimera that I was, the fusion of patient and researcher. The goal of the grant was to fund the purchase of 24 chairs for MDU patients, so that having a loved one beside them was a right and not a luxury. ... it was about comfort, compassion, dignity, and support.
Ms. Jennie David A patient with ImproveCareNow and a founding member of ICN’s Patient Advisory Council

Ms. Jennie David
A patient with ImproveCareNow and a founding member of ICN’s Patient Advisory Council


Disclosure forms provided by the author are available at From the Department of Psychology, Drexel University, Philadelphia. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1704381 Copyright © 2017 Massachusetts Medical Society