LETTER FROM TRUVEN HEALTH
Health systems are achieving higher quality scores than independent hospitals.
This year, I have the privilege of introducing you to Truven Health Analytics, formerly the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters. With the support of Veritas Capital, our new owner, Truven Health Analytics is dedicated to the same mission and standards of excellence to provide objective, innovative and accurate insights for healthcare decisionmakers.
Commitment to the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals program only grows larger as we continue to pursue innovation in the measurement of leadership impact and performance across all key segments of the healthcare industry including employers, providers, health plans, government, industry associations and our many corporate and organizational partners.
The research supporting this year’s 100 Top Hospitals supplement breaks new ground. We demonstrate that hospitals that are members of health systems are achieving higher quality scores than independent hospitals, even though lower prices are not yet a reality.
The 15 Top Health Systems have long histories of identifying clinical best practices and collaborating with other member hospitals. We have also observed a nuanced change—a growing practice of bringing multilevel clinical and operational teams from across the whole system to explicitly develop systemwide solutions or standards. Both approaches empower the health system to more quickly achieve large-scale increases in value for the communities they serve.
Health system and hospital leaders are adjusting their focus and goals to restructure the delivery system. The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals balanced scorecard must adjust its metrics and data sources to reflect leadership effectiveness in an evolving industry. I can think of no better time for introducing innovation than our upcoming 20th anniversary in 2013. Stay tuned!