IBM Watson reports that the key performance measurements on which the 15 best-scoring systems showed the most significant average outperformance vs. peer group health systems.
• Overall, 13.8 percent fewer in-hospital deaths.
• Patients experienced 12.6 percent fewer complications and 9.8 percent fewer healthcare-associated infections.
• A median severity-adjusted length of stay that was one half-day shorter than peers.
• Overall, median emergency department wait times were 38 minutes shorter per patient.
• Combined in-hospital and post-discharge costs were 1.1 percent lower per episode.
• Overall hospital experience, as measured by the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), was rated 2.5 percent higher for leading health systems.
Here are the leading health systems, by category.