Rutgers Health and RWJBarnabas Health received a $4,237,500 grant over five years to train future scientists and health professionals to deliver higher quality, safer and more efficient patient care through a new innovative data-driven initiative. The grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will establish a state Learning Health System Embedded Scientist Training and Research (LHS E-STaR) Center. In a Learning Health System, internal data and experience are systematically integrated with external evidence, and that knowledge is put into practice to improve care.

Rutgers Health and RWJBarnabas Health are among 16 institutions funded nationwide that will establish a premier Learning Health System. Officials of the New Jersey center will recruit scientists and health care professionals who are representative of the diverse backgrounds and cultures of the communities they serve. The center will support their professional development by strengthening institutional research training, strengthening partnerships, conducting research and implementing innovations that improve health outcomes and health equity in the state. To read the full story.