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The 2017 HCSRN Conference is in the books. We featured 35 panels on how to achieve a true learning health system by going under the hood to see how our scientists are partnering with system leaders, program managers, data analysts, and clinicians to accelerate improvement in health care.  Results from our real-world research were shared through 120 different scientific posters. Ancillary meetings and informal networking opportunities proved very generative, with 138 first-timers in attendance.  We were also thrilled to welcome a contingent of patient-partners at this year's meeting. They offered incisive observations at the plenary and concurrent sessions and participated as panelists as well.

Our opening and closing plenary speakers blended challenge and optimism. Dr. Richard Kronick, professor at UC San Diego and former director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, urged the HCSRN to contribute to a growing body of work on comparative health system performance.  And Chris Waugh, our closing speaker, inspired the audience by sharing his inventive work as the Chief Innovation Officer at Sutter Health. We were also fortunate to have a timely panel of funding agency leaders from AHRQ, NIH and PCORI, who offered insights about aligning our strengths with agency priorities, and how to develop compelling proposals. 

We will build on the successes of this meeting as we begin planning for our next conference in Minneapolis in 2018. We hope you'll join us there!

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