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Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company, Announces 15 Top Health Systems for 2016

Top Systems Outperform on Quality and Efficiency

Ann Arbor, MI, Apr. 25, 2016 — The nation’s top-performing multi-hospital health systems have driven significant reductions in mortality, complications and emergency department (ED) wait times, according to a new study by Truven Health Analytics, TM a leading provider of healthcare data and analytics solutions and services that was recently acquired by IBM. The eighth annual Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems study identifies the top health systems in the United States, based on balanced, system-wide clinical and administrative performance.

Among the key findings in this year’s study: winning health systems achieved higher survival rates and fewer errors at a lower overall treatment cost than non-winning health systems. Specifically, overall mortality rates were 14.7% lower for winning health systems versus non-winning peer group hospitals; complication rates were 15.1% lower; and ED wait times were 12.3 % lower.

"These 15 top-performing health systems prove that quality and efficiency can improve across entire systems, regardless of their size, ” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals® programs at Truven Health Analytics. "It is clear from our data that many hospital systems have been able to implement a consistent, coordinated approach to quality improvement in the areas that matter most to patients and that is scalable across member hospitals.”

Additional winning health system performance metrics include:

* Lower Cost Per Episode: The 15 Top Health System winners spent 5 percent less per care episode than non-winning peer systems.

* Shorter Hospital Stays: The 15 Top Health System winners discharged patients from the hospital a half-day sooner than non-winners.

* Higher Patient Satisfaction Scores: Winning 15 health systems attained average Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores that were 7 percentage points higher than non-winning peers.

“Year after year the 100 Top program identifies the top performing hospitals and health systems, ” said Mike Boswood, Truven Health Analytics president and CEO. “As healthcare evolves and value replaces volume, this program is increasingly important to help identify what constitutes quality.”

The 2016 15 Top Health Systems study evaluated 338 health systems and 2, 912 member hospitals to identify the 15 U.S. health systems with the highest overall achievement on a balanced scorecard. The scorecard is based on the 100 Top Hospitals national balanced scorecard methodologies and focuses on five performance domains: inpatient outcomes, process of care, extended outcomes, efficiency, and patient experience. The study relied on public data from the 2013 and 2014 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, CMS Hospital Compare datasets, and 2014 Medicare cost reports.

The study divides the top health systems into three comparison groups based on total operating expense of the member hospitals. The 2016 winners are as follows:

Large Health Systems (operating expense > $1.75 billion)
Mayo Foundation – Rochester, MN
Mercy – Chesterfield, MO
Spectrum Health – Grand Rapids, MI
Sutter Health – Sacramento, CA
Sutter Health Valley Division – Sacramento, CA

Medium Health Systems (operating expense $750 million – $1.75 billion)
Kettering Health Network – Dayton, OH
Scripps Health – San Diego, CA
St. Luke's Health System – Boise, ID
St. Vincent Health – Indianapolis, IN
TriHealth – Cincinnati, OH

Small Health Systems (operating expense < $750 million)
Asante – Medford, OR
Lovelace Health System – Albuquerque, NM
MidMichigan Health – Midland, MI
Roper St. Francis Healthcare – Charleston, SC
Tanner Health System – Carrollton, GA

To see a list of previous winners, visit 100tophospitals.com.

About the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® Program

Since 1993, the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals program has used independent and objective research to measure hospital and health system performance. Organizations do not apply or pay for the honor of being named a 100 Top Hospital, nor pay to promote their award. Winning hospitals and health systems prove that better care is possible and provide an example for other organizations to follow across the industry. The 100 Top Hospitals winners demonstrate top performance on both how patients are cared for through clinical measures and how the hospital performs as an efficient business. 100 Top Hospitals is a registered trademark of Truven Health Analytics. Visit 100tophospitals.com for more information.

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.


Ariana Nikitas: Ariana.nikitas@truvenhealth.com, 312.533.3437

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