Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 17(4) December 2014 : 46-51.doi:10.12927/hcq.2015.24117
Learning Organizations

Optimizing Learning in Healthcare: How Island Health Is Evolving to Learn at the Speed of Change

Conrad Gottfredson, Carol Stroud, Mary Jackson, R. Lynn Stevenson and Jana Archer


Healthcare organizations are challenged with constrained resources and increasing service demands by an aging population with complex care needs. Exponential growth in competency requirements also challenges staff's ability to provide quality patient care. How can a healthcare organization support its staff to learn "at or above the speed of change" while continuing to provide the quality patient care? Island Health is addressing this challenge by transforming its traditional education model into an innovative, evidence-based learning and performance support approach. Implementation of the methodology is yielding several lessons learned, both for the internal Learning and Performance Support team, and for what it takes to bring a new way of doing business into an organization. A key result is that this approach is enabling the organization to be more responsive in helping staff gain and maintain competencies.



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