Creating a Rapid-learning Health System in Ontario

Ontario has both a health system and a research system that are increasingly putting patients and rapid learning and improvement at their centre. The concept of a rapid-learning health system could be used to identify how best to leverage existing assets and address current gaps, but it requires an Ontario-appropriate definition of, and set of characteristics for, a rapid-learning health system; a documentation of existing assets and identification of current gaps; and the identification of 'windows of opportunity' that can be capitalized on or created to stimulate the development and consolidation of a rapid-learning health system. This rapid synthesis addresses this need.