Collaboration and new data in ACTION: a learning health care system to improve pediatric heart failure and ventricular assist device outcomes

David M. Peng, David N. Rosenthal, Farhan Zafar, Lauren Smyth, Christina J. VanderPluym, Angela Lorts


Outcomes in pediatric heart failure and ventricular assist devices (VADs) remain suboptimal. Given the complexity and limited numbers, centers cannot be expected to acquire mastery and generalizable knowledge independently. Recognizing this problem, the community has formed Advanced Cardiac Therapies Improving Outcomes Network (ACTION), a collaborative learning health care system committed to unrelenting collaboration and continuous learning to improve critical outcomes in pediatric heart failure. ACTION is inclusive of all interested parties and believes the fastest and most effective way to make progress is through working together. ACTION’s approaches to collaboration and data sharing will be highlighted.