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Truven Health Analytics Announces Top Health Systems

15 Highest Performing Hospital Systems Improve Quality, Achieve Higher Survival Rates and Fewer Complications


Ann Arbor, MI, Apr. 15, 2013 — Truven Health AnalyticsSM, formerly the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters, today released its fifth annual study identifying the top U.S. health systems based on balanced system-wide clinical performance. The Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems study culled data from more than 300 organizations and singled out 15 hospital systems that achieved superior clinical outcomes based on a composite score of eight measures of quality, patient perception of care, and efficiency. “As health systems move further into health care reform, consistency of hospital and physician outcomes in every community served is the holy grail, ” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals® program at Truven Health Analytics. “Health system leaders’ effectiveness will be measured not solely on the performance of the whole system compared to other systems, but also on the leader’s ability to align the performance of the provider segments of the health system to achieve consistency. This new study begins to measure these aspects of performance.” Among the key findings in the study were the following:

  • Better Survival Rates: 15 Top Health Systems experienced 3.4 percent fewer deaths than nonwinning peer-group hospitals.
  • Lower 30-Day Mortality Rates: Winning systems’ 30-day mortality rates were lower than peer systems’, and small winning systems outperformed their peers by the widest margin.
  • Fewer Complications: Patients of the winning health systems had 3 percent fewer complications than patients in other systems.
  • Shorter Hospital Stays: Patients treated in the winning system hospitals had a median average length of stay of 4.49 days, over half a day shorter than their peers’ median of 5.06 days.
  • Better Patient Safety and Core Measure Adherence: Top health systems had 7 percent fewer adverse patient safety events than expected, given the case mix of the particular hospital, and had better adherence to core measures of care than their peers.
“The health systems honored in this study are creating a culture of quality care and realizing improved outcomes, ” said Mike Boswood, chief executive officer at Truven Health Analytics. “We’re proud to



About Truven Health Analytics, part of the IBM Watson Health Business

Truven Health Analytics®, part of the IBM Watson Health™ business, provides market-leading performance improvement solutions built on data integrity, advanced analytics and domain expertise. For more than 40 years, our insights and solutions have been providing hospitals and clinicians, employers and health plans, state and federal government agencies, life sciences companies and policymakers, the facts they need to make confident decisions that directly affect the health and well-being of people and organizations in the US and around the world. The company was acquired by IBM in 2016 to help form a new business, Watson Health. Watson Health aspires to improve lives and give hope by delivering innovation to address the world’s most pressing health challenges through data and cognitive insights.

Truven Health Analytics owns some of the most trusted brands in healthcare, such as MarketScan®, 100 Top Hospitals®, Advantage Suite®, Micromedex®, Simpler® and ActionOI®. Truven Health has its principal offices in Ann Arbor, MI, Chicago, IL, and Denver, CO.



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Brian Erni
For Truven Health Analytics
J. Roderick, Inc. Public Relations
brian@jroderick.com
631.584.2200