Premier healthcare alliance releases latest innovation in clinical integration

PhysicianFocusTM combines intuitive access with industry’s richest data, linking physicians and integrated care delivery systems to drive higher performance levels

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Premier has released its latest technology to support the industry’s quest to transform healthcare. PhysicianFocus™ will be used by both practicing physicians and physician leaders to demonstrate value and identify opportunities for performance improvement.

“As government regulations and medical practices become more complex, and data more plentiful, physician practice patterns and outcomes are increasingly under the microscope,” said Richard Bankowitz, MD, MBA, FACP, Premier chief medical officer. “Consequently, physicians are being scrutinized more than ever and hospital administration is challenged with conducting positive dialogues on the specifics of physician practices and performance.”

PhysicianFocus delivers highly accurate Premier data, which provides actionable insights and steps proven to improve performance. Cleansed with 1,500-plus data validations, and updated frequently, this data is benchmarked against over 20 percent of all U.S. discharges from more than 750 hospitals, and also supports drill-down to individual patient details. Physicians and administration can access this data through a user-friendly and interactive Web-based interface. Click here to access an example.

With this information physicians can:

  • Better understand their performance;
  • Identify care practice variations;
  • Reduce mortality, complications, readmissions and hospital-acquired conditions including infections, costs and length of stay;
  • Monitor ongoing quality, resource utilization and efficiency improvement efforts; and
  • Better meet regulatory regulations, including Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation requirements.

According to a PhysicianFocus beta tester Vickie Hauter, senior clinical outcomes analyst at the Orange, Calif.-based St. Joseph Hospital, “In developing PhysicianFocus, Premier involved the end user in every step, ensuring our feedback was built into the final product. We are excited for its release so we can roll it out to all of our physicians.”

PhysicianFocus also supports clinical integration models, bringing together hospitals and physicians to coordinate and deliver higher quality care more efficiently and with greater value.

Premier Senior Vice President of Informatics and Technology Services Keith Figlioli said, “To effectively gain practitioner buy-in and promote clinical integration, it is essential to have actionable data that physicians can relate to, appreciate and respect. This helps to influence an organizational culture where physician performance reporting is part of a larger, transparent quality improvement process.”

PhysicianFocus is part of Premier’s QualityConnect™ performance improvement program. QualityConnect members saved more than $284 million last year through improvements in clinical performance and enhancements in professional practice evaluation.

About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 75,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier has worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


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