Linnean Initiative

In 2017 a unique, nationwide collaborating, open, learning network was launched by patients, healthcare professionals, administrators, policy makers and payers in the Netherlands. Currently, over 960 members of the network have the common goal to improve quality of care and quality of life by accelerating the pace of value-based health care implementation/the transition to a value-based healthcare system in the Netherlands.

Coalition of the willing

“Sharing is the new having” and “acting is the new thinking”, these statements show how individuals organizing themselves in networks to share what they have and need. They seek outside their organization and find collaboration. The Linnean Initiative is based on the coalition of the willing, showing others what works for them. Showing that it can be a struggle, but it is worth struggling because in the end, we work with the patients, we know what their preferences are and by measuring outcomes is possible to start a better conversation between healthcare professionals and patients, to learn from comparing outcomes, and to improve health care.

The all-stakeholders-in-the-room approach

The Linnean Initiative connects, inspires and provides solicited and unsolicited advice to its members on major topics in VBHC implementation, outcome transparency and shared decision making. We facilitate exchange of knowledge and experiences by hosting national network meetings, site visits (which are organised by healthcare organisations themselves). Furthermore, we provide advice with our working groups: Inspiration, Privacy, Evaluation, PROMs, PREMs, Data & IT, Costs, Value-based Payments, Education, Dashboarding, IPUs, Accelerating VBHC Implementation. These working groups develop specific reports, white papers and practical tools. The ‘all-stakeholders-in-the-room’ approach characterizes the Linnean Initiative. 

Our online, interactive platform stimulates further knowledge generation and dissemination. It showcases VBHC practices (both successes and lessons learned) and facilitates deeper collaboration through online forum discussions and sharing insights and key publications.

Chairs of Linnean

Linnean Initiatieve has two chairs. Willem Jan Bos, internist-nephrologist at the St. Antoniusziekenhuis, Nieuwegein. He has a part-time appointment at the Leiden University Medical Center (LIUMC) with a chair on Nephrology: outcomes of care. He chaired the ICHOM working group to prepare a standard outcome set for chronic kidney disease. Arie Franx, is gynaecologist at and holds a full professorship Obstetrics at Erasmus MC. He chaired the ICHOM working group preparing the standard set Pregnancy and Childbirth and is presently involved in its nationwide implementation in the Netherlands. 


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Het Linnean Initiatief is een landelijk netwerk van koplopers en aanjagers van waardegedreven zorg. 

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