ACR Learning Network
The ACR® Learning Network is comprised of improvement collaboratives working to solve problems in diagnostic imaging. Each collaborative is led by an expert radiologist and includes a cohort of teams from radiology practices across the country working together to test diverse solutions to solve the same problem within their practice settings.
The improvement collaboratives’ problem-solving focus will evolve over time. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has provided a generous grant in support of the following collaboratives:
How It Works
Phase 1: ImPower Program Participation
Participating facilities are supported through a two-month preparation phase to build their local team, identify their problem focus and scope, and begin collecting baseline data.
Teams then complete the 10-session ImPower training program to learn a standard process for achieving improvement and completing quality improvement projects.
Successful organizations have:
- Department leaders who are supportive of and willing to manage change.
- A team of engaged front-line staff and leaders to participate in the program and do project work.
- An improvement coach with quality improvement experience.
- An organizational sponsor to provide time and resources for the project.
- The capability to track and report data about improvement progress on a weekly basis and to perform manual image audits or report reviews as needed.
- Ability to carry out the necessary general requirements.
- A desire to join a community committed to improving and collaborating to create the best experience for your staff and patients.
Learn more about phase 1 participation through ACR ImPower.
Phase 2: Learning Network — Disseminating Improvement
Sites that have completed the ImPower Program are invited to participate in the growing learning network community. Network participants —known as "star sites" — meet quarterly to support ongoing improvement and share best practices, which are disseminated throughout the radiology community.
Learn more about phase 2 participation in the ACR Learning Network.
- Continue efforts to improve performance by testing new improvement strategies and refining previously implemented strategies.
- Submit performance data and discuss results with peers.
- Demonstrate sustained improvement.
- Engage with the Learning Network community by attending quarterly meetings.
- Mentor individuals and teams participating in the ACR ImPower Program.
- Spread improvement strategies through publications and conference presentations.
David Larson, MD, MBA, Chair of the ACR Commission on Quality and Safety
Mythreyi Chatfield, PhD, ACR Executive Vice President of Quality and Safety
The ACR Learning Network is funded by Grant Number 10476 from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, a philanthropic entity that supports measurable, durable solutions to important problems, including those in healthcare. The content provided above is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Moore Foundation.