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Publication Date

7-30-2018

Keywords

learning health system, health disparities, costs of care, population health, health services research, health care, patient engagement

Abstract

The 24th annual conference of the Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN, formerly the HMO Research Network), held April 11–13, 2018, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, attracted 357 attendees. The HCSRN is a consortium of 18 community-based research organizations embedded in or affiliated with large health care delivery systems. Its annual research conference, held since 1994, is a unique venue that brings diverse stakeholders (eg, research teams, clinicians, patients, funders) together to explore a range of health research topics and scientific findings, with a unifying goal of connecting applied research to real-world care delivery for the betterment of individual and community health.

The 2018 conference was hosted by Minneapolis-based HealthPartners Institute and organized around 3 tracks: Research & Results, Practical Application, and Data Science & Informatics. Themes of the 4 plenary, 7 panel, 36 oral abstract, and 111 poster presentations included the learning health system, the opioid epidemic, health disparities, high costs of care, informing population health policy with evidence, and how to use storytelling to present data to inspire change, among others.

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