To achieve a national-scale “learning health system” for identifying and sharing best care practices, the industry must reach a level of data access, integration, and scalability that goes well beyond interoperability of electronic health record systems.

That is the conclusion of an independent group of scientists called JASON, published in a just-released report funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In addition to EHR data, the report argues it will be necessary to assimilate data from personal health records, personal health devices, patient collaborative networks, social media, environmental and demographic data, and “the burgeoning data streams that will soon become available through progress in genomics and other ‘omics.’”

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