Patient Safety in Hospitals Shows Five Consecutive Years of Improvement, According to Thomson Healthcare Study

Monday, March 17, 2008 General News
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STAMFORD, Conn., March 17 A new study by ThomsonHealthcare shows clear improvement on a composite of eight patient safetymeasures affecting Medicare patients treated in U.S. hospitals from 2001through 2005.

The highest performance levels in patient safety were achieved by the 100hospitals in the study that delivered the highest balanced performance acrossquality, efficiency, and financial stability. If all hospitals had performedat the level of these leading hospitals on the eight patient safety measures,they would have saved $253 million and 7,914 lives during the time period thestudy examined.

"Employers, health plans, and hospitals need to take note that we haveentered a new phase in driving transformation of the healthcare industry,"said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president in the Center for HealthcareImprovement at Thomson Healthcare. "Hospitals setting new levels of patientsafety are those with the highest balanced scores across quality, efficiency,and financial performance - suggesting that payers that focus narrowly on costalone, or any other single area of performance, are less likely to achieve thehighest levels of improvement. Employers and payers need sophisticated,collaborative approaches to drive higher value from their hospital networks."

The study, Trends in Patient Safety Adverse Outcomes and 100 Top HospitalsPerformance 2000-2005, examined changes in patient safety scores in Medicarepopulations for eight patient safety indicators established by the federalAgency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

"Improvement was demonstrated in three separate hospital groups: the 100highest performers on the Thomson balanced scorecard, 100 hospitals thatimproved the fastest on the Thomson balanced scorecard, and all other peerhospitals," said David A. Foster, chief scientist at Thomson Healthcare andauthor of the study.

A composite patient safety score was one of the criteria used to rankhospitals on the Thomson balanced scorecard, representing one-eighth of thetotal weight of the performance measures used to establish the rankings. Thecomposite patient safety measure was not in itself a principal determinant ofthe rankings.

This research was performed as a part of the annual Thomson 100 TopHospitals(R): National Benchmarks for Success study, which examines changingperformance levels in U.S. hospitals and objectively identifies 100 benchmarkhospitals based on their overall organizational performance.

The 2007 winners from the 15th edition of the study were announced todayin the March 17 issue of Modern Healthcare. To view a list of the winninghospitals, go to

The study ranks hospitals based on their performance in eight key clinicaland financial areas - risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications,patient safety composite, average core measures scores, severity-adjustedaverage length of stay, expense per adjusted discharge, profit fromoperations, and cash-to-debt ratio.

Award Winners

To view a list of the 2007 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks forSuccess award winners, go to

About Thomson Healthcare

Thomson Healthcare is the leading provider of decision support solutionsthat help organizations across the healthcare industry improve clinical andbusiness performance. Thomson Healthcare products and services helpclinicians, hospitals, employers, health plans, government agencies, andpharmaceutical companies manage the cost and improve the quality ofhealthcare.

Thomson Healthcare is a part of The Thomson Corporation, a provider ofvalue-added information, software tools and applications to professionals inthe fields of healthcare, law, tax, accounting, scientific research, andfinancial services. The Corporation's common sh

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