Bravo to Partners for data transparency, but they’re not the first
We read with interest the Transformation Hub article “Partners HealthCare makes EHR clinical data publicly available” (ModernHealthcare.com/ Transformation, April 10) on Partners’ new efforts to publish data from electronic health records to inform patients on healthcare quality and clinicians about opportunities to improve. Bravo for Partners!
We take exception, however, to the reported claim by Partners’ Dr. Tom Sequist to be “the first in the country to make clinical data from its EHR publicly available to consumers.” It is far from the first.
For over a decade, health systems in Cleveland and northeast Ohio including the Cleveland Clinic Health System, the MetroHealth System, and more recently, University Hospitals Health System and Akron Children’s Hospital, have publicly reported their performance data through Better Health Partnership, a Clevelandbased not-for-profit organization in which they partner to improve healthcare and health in the region.
As a regional health improvement collaborative, we collect, analyze and publish timely data that our clinical partners provide on evidence-based measures of care and outcomes. The online reports and associated shared-learning programs have driven documented improvements in healthcare, health and healthcare equity in clinics and health systems across populations. A recent study in Health Affairs also documented an estimated $40 million in savings over six years associated with improved primary care in Better Health Partnership’s home county relative to Ohio’s other populous countries.
We are not alone. More than 30 regional healthcare improvement collaboratives that are members of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement are doing this work, as well as others across the country. Welcome, Partners HealthCare, to the eye-opening work of data transparency.
Rita Horwitz President and CEO Better Health Partnership