Modern Healthcare - 100 Top Hospitals - - FRONT PAGE - Jean Chenoweth

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!

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