State hospi­tal as­so­ci­a­tions part­ner to boost data an­a­lyt­ics clout

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Joseph Conn

The state hospi­tal as­so­ci­a­tions of Illi­nois and Mis­souri are forg­ing a part­ner­ship aimed at pro­vid­ing bet­ter health­care data an­a­lyt­ics prod­ucts and ser­vices to their mem­bers, as well as other clients.

The joint ven­ture, as yet un­named, will com­bine the ex­per­tise of the Illi­nois Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion’s COM­P­data In­for­mat­ics unit and the Mis­souri Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion’s data an­a­lyt­ics af­fil­i­ate, the Hospi­tal In­dus­try Data In­sti­tute.

Ini­tially, the part­ner­ship will stick close to the mis­sion of its two found­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions, im­prov­ing on prod­ucts and ser­vices they al­ready of­fer to mem­bers and clients out­side their re­spec­tive states.

Hos­pi­tals are look­ing for ser­vices that help them sus­tain their ex­ist­ing busi­ness mod­els, said Herb Kuhn, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Mis­souri as­so­ci­a­tion. But they’re also look­ing for prod­ucts that will help them do things dif­fer­ently and bet­ter, such as help­ing to re­duce read­mis­sions and hospi­tal-ac­quired in­fec­tions. “We’re get­ting a lot of in­ter­est in those prod­ucts go­ing for­ward,” he said.

Cal­cu­lat­ing risk is not on the ser­vice menu yet, Kuhn said, but added, “We don’t see any bar­ri­ers in terms of what we’re go­ing to be in­volved in” as the mar­ket de­mands.

IHA Pres­i­dent and CEO Mary­jane Wurth said their vi­sion is to de­velop a range of tools and an­a­lyt­ics that will in­clude risk man­age­ment and pop­u­la­tion health.

Com­bined, the two as­so­ci­a­tions rep­re­sent 370 mem­ber hos­pi­tals, and serve 1,400 hos­pi­tals, health sys­tems, state hospi­tal as­so­ci­a­tions, am­bu­la­tory sur­gi­cal cen­ters and state data agencies na­tion­wide.

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