Catholic Health Initiatives Connects Clinical Data for 42 Hospitals with the Premier Healthcare Alliance

Catholic Health Initiatives Connects Clinical Data for 42 Hospitals with the Premier Healthcare Alliance

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Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) is now using a Premier healthcare alliance app on the integrated performance platform to connect 42 of its hospitals with clinical data.

CHI facilities use QualityAdvisor to integrate and compare patient-level quality, safety and financial outcomes data with 800 other providers across the U.S. to reduce hospital-acquired conditions, mortality, readmissions and costs.

“QualityAdvisor provides our hospitals with valuable information to make data-driven, evidence-based decisions that improve the quality and safety of patient care,” said Stephen L. Moore, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Englewood, Colo.-based CHI, the nation’s second-largest faith-based health system. “Connecting our hospitals to this application supports our ministry’s mission to improve the health of the communities we serve.”

Premier, a provider-owned improvement alliance of 2,600 hospitals and 86,000 other care sites including 400,000 physicians, maintains the nation’s largest database of clinical, financial and outcomes information. The comprehensive database contains information from 1 in 4 U.S. hospital discharges, 2.5 million real-time clinical transactions daily and nearly $43 billion in annual purchasing data.

Keith J. Figlioli, senior vice president of healthcare informatics at Premier, said, “Integrating facility-level data with clinically proven methods and data from hospitals across the country helps providers deliver care more efficiently and effectively. As a growing and diversifying healthcare leader, CHI is taking the needed steps to further center care around the people they serve and create an environment of best practices.”

QualityAdvisor delivers timely, actionable information to all levels of a health organization, while identifying quality and cost improvement opportunities, understanding drivers for variation in practice and monitoring quality of care. The app is also housed on PremierConnect, the world’s largest virtual healthcare community.

Premier, which ranked 59 on the 2011 , integrates all of its quality, safety, labor and supply chain apps on PremierConnect’s technology platform. Doing so allows providers nationwide to make decisions based on a holistic combination of healthcare information. In partnership with IBM, PremierConnect is also an enabler for providers to interact as one in communities of common interest, sharing learnings, data and strategies based on thousands of patient outcomes that can be used to benefit treatment anywhere.

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) is a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Englewood, Colo. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 76 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential -living facilities; two community health -services organizations; two accredited nursing colleges; and home health agencies. In fiscal year 2011, CHI provided more than $612 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With annual revenues of more than $10.5 billion, CHI is the nation's second-largest Catholic healthcare system.

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals and 86,000-plus other sites using the power of collaboration and technology to lead the transformation to coordinated, high-quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier operates a leading healthcare purchasing network with more than $4 billion in annual savings. Premier also maintains the nation's largest clinical, financial and outcomes database with information on 1 in 4 patient discharges. A world leader in delivering measurable improvements in care, Premier works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. . Stay connected on , and .