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Ten VHA Upper Midwest region hospitals pilot advanced clinical and supply data analysis to improve performance
Date:4/9/2013

IRVING, Texas, April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- VHA Inc., the national health care network, announced a pilot project with 10 hospitals and health systems in its Upper Midwest region to help analyze how variations in clinical practice and supply usage affect patient outcomes and the total cost of care. Participating organizations will use VHA IMPERATIV™ Advantage to explore detailed cost and utilization data to help them engage physicians in cost reduction conversations based on objective, clinical comparisons regarding specific disease states.

Organizations participating in the clinical-supply pilot include:Altru Health System

Rice Memorial Hospital Beaver Dam Community Hospitals

Sanford USD Medical Center CentraCare Health System

St. Peter's Hospital  Lake Region Healthcare

Swedish Covenant Hospital  NCH Healthcare System

Trinity Health"This is an exciting project that will provide health care organizations with new insights to drive clinical improvement and improve their bottom line," said Rob Welch , M.D., vice president of clinical affairs for VHA Upper Midwest. "One of the most powerful aspects is that hospitals will be able to collaborate with physicians using actual performance data so that they can more objectively assess patterns, results and opportunities for improvement."

VHA IMPERATIV Advantage is a comprehensive solution that enables hospital executives, physicians, service-line leaders, performance improvement and quality staff to access advanced analytics on physician- and patient-level data across multiple domains. Audience-specific views provide hospitals and physicians information on clinical practice variations and their impact on cost, quality and outcomes.

With guidance from VHA's expert advisors, health care providers are able to identify areas of opportunity based on variations in hospital and physici
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