New healthcare technology is developed every day, and with all its hope comes important questions: Is this innovation safe? Does it work? Are we getting what we are paying for? To answer these questions, we need a healthcare system that learns from itself– a learning healthcare system that makes sure the right people get the right care at the right time.
CERTAIN is the learning healthcare system we are developing in Washington State. Focused on effectiveness and keeping the patient's voice central, CERTAIN builds on the success of the Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (SCOAP) and is a revolutionary approach to improving quality through research. In a learning healthcare system, clinicians are CERTAIN they deliver highest quality care, patients are CERTAIN they are getting the care they really need, and researchers are CERTAIN they are only using data that advances knowledge.