BOISE, Idaho, Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Luke's Health System, based in Boise, Idaho, has credited WhiteCloud Analytics' value-based performance management platform as a key factor in its recent five-star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The hospital was among 102 hospitals nationwide to receive the highest ratings in CMS' Overall Quality Star Rankings.
"As an integral part of our operations, WhiteCloud's platform provides information that enables us to generally improve our quality performance, as reflected in the CMS rankings specific to acute care," said David C. Pate, MD, JD, St. Luke's President and CEO. "Irrational variation is the enemy of quality and safety, and WhiteCloud ensures our care providers have the essential data for optimizing care and standardizing evidence-based best practices."
Learn how WhiteCloud's Value-Based Performance Management solutions helped St. Luke's establish a culture of accountability and continuous performance improvement: http://learn.whitecloud.com/-five-star-quality-rating
The CMS ratings address quality of care at about 4,000 hospitals in the United States with the goal of helping consumers make informed decisions. The methodology assesses up to 64 quality measures such as mortality, readmissions, patient experience and hospital-acquired infection rates.
Using WhiteCloud's Value-Based Performance Management solutions, St. Luke's drives top performance such as increased adherence to clinical protocols, enhanced clinical efficiencies and improved quality of care. Key initiatives have reduced cardiac readmissions and complications in emergency care while increasing screenings for breast cancer, depression and hypertension.
The emerging Value-Based Performance Management category of Health Information Technology goes beyond traditional analytics to include workflow, change management and accountability capabilities that drive system-wide behavior change and accelerate improvement. A complimentary Market Guide for Value-Based Performance Management Analytics is available at: http://learn.whitecloud.com/-five-star-quality-rating
"WhiteCloud allows our physicians and improvement teams to readily access relevant performance information to compare findings with their colleagues," said Dr. Pate. "As a result, the system promotes collaboration and knowledge transfer while ensuring physicians can work independently to care for their patients while meeting system goals."
The CMS five-star ratings are the latest national accolades for St. Luke's. In April, St. Luke's was ranked among the country's top 15 health systems by Truven Health Analytics™ for the third consecutive year. In addition, St. Luke's was named among America's top 100 hospitals and received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades.
"We are proud to support the St. Luke's team as they navigate the challenging transition to value-based care and achieve national recognition as a leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction," said Bob Lokken, Chief Executive Officer for WhiteCloud Analytics. "Our platform provides value-based planning and execution tools to help caregivers, the true change agents of healthcare reform, optimize patient care while transitioning to new reimbursement models."
About WhiteCloud Analytics
WhiteCloud arms health systems with performance management technology that drives improvement in a value-based world by aligning the organization and engaging physicians in transformative care. Based on 20 years of analytics and performance management best practices, the WhiteCloud™ Healthcare Performance Management Platform is designed to help health systems optimize care, improve financial health and streamline operational efficiency to thrive in a risk-based world. St. Luke's has an established strategic partnership with WhiteCloud Analytics because of the company's important contribution to the health system's cost reduction and clinical improvement initiatives. Learn more at www.whitecloud.com.
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