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The National LHS Ideal Future Vision is further described in Detailed LHS Perspective of the ACTS Future Vision.

For a future vision for digital knowledge ecosystem supported by offerings from AHRQ and others; see what a digital knowledge ecosystem will enhance (link).

Detailed LHS Perspective of the ACTS Future Vision


Table B-7. Current AHRQ (& Other) Resources for LHSs includes a list of resources and tools currently available to support the care transformation (i.e., CQI) work of CDOs, support organizations, and QI professionals.



Current State/AHRQ: (Guidance, Evidence, Tools)


AHRQ Landing Page on LHSs

AHRQ conducts research and provides training, tools, and data to help healthcare delivery organizations of every size move toward becoming LHSs (24)


AHRQ Impact Case Studies (302)

Examples of how AHRQ tools and resources support QI and care transformation


AHRQ Tools for Quality and Patient Safety

Practical, research-based tools and other resources (303) to help a variety of healthcare organizations, providers, and others make care safer in all healthcare settings, such as the Reducing Diagnostic Errors in Primary Care Pediatrics Toolkit (304)


CDS Interventions/Artifacts

Tool to help primary care clinicians select preventive interventions for patients (ePSS) from CDS Connect


Opioid and Substance Use Resources

From opioid and substance use resources from The Academy (270)


EvidenceNOW Tools for Change

Tools for Change (75) to improve heart health from EvidenceNOW initiative


Tools for Clinicians and Providers

Tools for clinicians and providers


Tools for Hospitals and Health Systems

Tools for hospitals and health systems


Tools for prevention and Chronic Care

Tools for prevention and chronic care


Data Resources

Data resources (305)


Research Data and Tools

Research Data and Tools (306)


CAHPS database

CAHPS database (307) results from patient care experience assessment surveys


AHRQ Quality Indicators Website

AHRQ Quality Indicators (308)



Primers, tools, and resources for improving patient safety (261)



Information/resources for PBRNs (309)


EPC Program

As part of AHRQ's commitment to accelerating the spread of evidence-based best practices across LHSs, the EPC Program wants to help LHSs use the evidence from its evidence reports to improve patient care. This webpage showcases projects by the EPC program to help make evidence reports more useful for health systems.



Under the CAHPS program (310), AHRQ funds, oversees, and works closely with a consortium of research organizations to conduct research on patient experience and develop surveys that ask consumers and patients to report on and evaluate their experiences with health plans, providers, and healthcare facilities. CAHPS® surveys play an important role as a QI tool for healthcare organizations that use the standardized data to: identify relative strengths and weaknesses in their performance; determine where they need to improve; and track their progress over time. Supporting and assessing the use of CAHPS surveys for QI purposes is one of the key objectives for the CAHPS grants.


The CAHPS Ambulatory Care Improvement Guide

The CAHPS Ambulatory Care Improvement Guide (311) is a comprehensive resource for health plans, medical groups, and other providers seeking to improve their performance in the domains of patient experience measured by CAHPS surveys of ambulatory care. Use this guide to help your organization: Cultivate an environment that encourages and sustains QI; Analyze the results of CAHPS surveys to identify strengths and weaknesses; Develop strategies for improving performance.


Teaching Evidence Assimilation for Collaborative Health Care (TEACH) 2009-2014: Building Evidence-Based Capacity Within Health Care Provider Organizations

“Clinical guidelines, prediction tools, and computerized decision support (CDS) are underused outside of research contexts, and conventional teaching of evidence-based practice (EBP) skills fails to change practitioner behavior. Overcoming these challenges requires traversing practice, policy, and implementation domains. In this article, we describe a program’s conceptual design, the results of institutional participation, and the program’s evolution.” (312)

Additional Considerations for AHRQ