Five ways hospital associations can drive quality improvement

Performance benchmarking provides hospitals with invaluable information to drive quality improvement initiatives: how they compare with similar hospitals across different quality metrics, which mitigation strategies have proven to be most successful among their peers, and how these trends are evolving over time. To get the most benefit from healthcare quality improvement initiatives, hospitals need comparative information that is timely, complete and actionable. State hospital associations may be in the best position to help their members design and implement an analytics system that meets all of these needs.

Power in numbers: Lessons from Ohio Since 2013, the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) and Battelle have been working together to create a shared analytical platform for Ohio hospitals. The result is Battelle WayFinder QI Dashboard, a cloud-based quality improvement analytics tool that allows hospitals to organize, display and analyze Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other quality indicators, and benchmark performance among hospital types.

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