ProHealth Care is one of only four Wisconsin health systems named in the Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems Study (formerly called the Truven Analytics study) for 2018. Watson Health uses advanced analytics to provide market-leading performance improvement solutions to health care clients. 2018 marks the tenth year of the study.
ProHealth was the only Wisconsin system to be named a top performer in the small system category. This marks the third year ProHealth has received the recognition.
The independent study compares health systems and their hospitals on a number of measures that demonstrate long-term performance improvement and achievement of cross-system alignment. A health system must have at least two general acute care hospitals to be included in the study.
A total of 338 systems and their 2,422 hospitals were analyzed for the study. The small health system group compared 109 systems with less than $800 million in total annual operating expenses.
“This recognition validates that our efforts to continually improve the quality of care and patient experience leads to continued excellence when ProHealth is measured alongside our peers in Wisconsin and nationwide,” said Sue Lichter, director of quality. “Everyone plays a role in this achievement. It’s also a reminder of how important it is to continue putting ProHealth patients and their families front and center in day-to-day care.”
The goal of the study is to provide health care systems with evidence-based insights into the effectiveness of leadership, organizational performance and system-wide alignment. IBM Watson Health performs a rigorous analysis of individual hospital metrics to aggregate system-level data for the study.
Each system was ranked based on its current performance related to inpatient outcomes, process of care, extended outcomes, efficiency and patient experience. Together, ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital and ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital outperformed all but 15 small systems in the 2018 study.
The study reported that overall, the top 20 small health systems had notable differences between their lowest-performing peers, including:
Fewer complications, by 17.1 percent
Lower average ED wait times, by 16.4 percent
Shorter average lengths of stay, by 8.7 percent
Lower episode of care cost, by 4 percent
Lower mortality, by 3.4 percent
Better patient experience, by 3.1 percent
Higher profit margin, by 1.8 percent
Fewer average 30-day readmissions, by 0.9 percent
Lower average 30-day mortality, by 0.5 percent
The similarities and differences between high and low system performance categories provide valuable information to ProHealth and the entire health care industry. Click to view the complete 15 Top Health Systems Study if you would like to learn more.
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For more than a century, ProHealth Care has been the health care leader in Waukesha County and surrounding areas, providing outstanding care across a full spectrum of services. The people of ProHealth Care strive to continuously improve the health and well-being of the community by combining skill, compassion and innovation. The ProHealth family includes ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital, ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, ProHealth Rehabilitation Hospital of Wisconsin, ProHealth Medical Group, the UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care, Moreland Surgery Center, ProHealth AngelsGrace Hospice, ProHealth Home Care, ProHealth West Wood Health & Fitness Center and ProHealth Regency Senior Communities. Learn more at ProHealthCare.org.