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

an performance on quality, operational and financial metrics and then collaborate towards improvement. Each hospital tracks its own patient and supply data with VHA IMPERATIV Advantage data partners, Truven Health Analytics™ and UHC, providing industry-leading clinical and operational benchmarking that is adjusted for case mix and risk.

The organizations participating in the project are also members of the Upper Midwest Consolidated Services Center, LLC, a VHA SupplyNetwork® consisting of 41 hospitals and health systems representing $3.9 billion in annual supply spend.

"The health care organizations participating in the VHA IMPERATIV Advantage and clinical-supply integration pilot have been leaders in using data towards better decision-making and more collaboration for the last decade, and they have experienced how it can drive sustainable improvement," said Steve Miff, PhD, senior vice president, VHA's Clinical and Care Delivery Solutions. "As we share key learnings across the network we are excited about how these analytics, engagement and expertise can help members nationwide deliver better care at a lower cost."

VHA advisors work with members' leadership, clinical and supply executives to review aggregate pricing and usage variation among providers, comparing product use and clinical outcomes across associated disease states. For example, in looking at heart disease, the system might reveal differences in the type of drugs or pacemakers used, and then hospitals can engage clinicians to understand why they selected the particular products or protocol and the result on patient outcomes. In addition, organizations have access to leading practice knowledge resources and collaborative networking opportunities that accelerate improvements by providing practical step-by-step guides for spec
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