IBM Watson HealthTM (NYSE: IBM) has once again named Mercy Health – Cincinnati one of the nation’s 15 Top U.S. health systems. This is the fifth time Mercy Health – Cincinnati has earned the honor, the most of any health system in Cincinnati and second most of any health system in Ohio. Formerly known as the Truven Health Analytics® 15 Top Health Systems, this study spotlights the best-performing health systems in the U.S., based on a balanced scorecard of measures derived from publicly available clinical, operational, and patient satisfaction data.

This year’s 15 Top Health Systems study evaluated 338 health systems and 2,422 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 very best quality health care is available at Mercy Health’s five area hospitals here in Cincinnati,” said Mike Garfield, Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President, Mercy Health – Cincinnati. “Our team of experts drives themselves to provide every patient with the excellent care they deserve and leading organizations including IBM Watson recognize that success of that effort. I thank our medical staff for their work and their dedication to giving their best for the benefit of our patients.”

Extrapolating the results of this year's study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:
More than 60,000 additional lives could be saved
More than 31,000 additional patients could be complication-free
Healthcare-associated infections would be reduced by 16%
Patients would spend 40 minutes less time in hospital emergency rooms per visit

“Intuitively, many healthcare professionals have believed for years that individual hospital alignment is a key to health system success, but alignment has been difficult to quantify. Put simply, we wanted to determine how well health systems are achieving the goal of delivering a consistent patient experience in each of their facilities, and start benchmarking that performance each year,” said Jean Chenoweth, Senior Program Director, 100 Top Hospitals Programs, IBM Watson Health. “Based on our data, it is clear that better hospital alignment does indeed play a role in overall health system performance, and it is something we will be investigating further.”

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