Bravo to Part­ners for data trans­parency, but they’re not the first

Modern Healthcare - - Comment -

We read with in­ter­est the Trans­for­ma­tion Hub ar­ti­cle “Part­ners Health­Care makes EHR clin­i­cal data pub­licly avail­able” (Mod­ern­Health­ 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

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