Edward-Elmhurst named one of top health systems in the country — why should you care?

April 27, 2021 | by Edward-Elmhurst Health
Categories: Healthy Driven Life

For the third year in a row, IBM Watson Health™ ranked Edward-Elmhurst Health among the 15 Top Health Systems in the nation, recognition based on publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data.

The organization, partnered with Fortune Magazine, also ranked Edward Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital among the 100 Top Hospitals in the country. Elmhurst ranked No. 1 and Edward No. 7 in the Large Community Hospitals category.

Who is IBM Watson Health and what data did they use?

More importantly, what should these honors mean to you?

First, Watson Health is a business unit of IBM that is dedicated to the development and implementation of cognitive and data-driven technologies to advance health.

As part of its data analysis, Watson Health conducts three major studies of hospitals and health systems each year: 100 Top Hospitals, 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals and 15 Top Health Systems.

Watson Health pulls information from public data sources (such as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Compare) and uses it to evaluate hospital and health system performance.

The public data they analyze includes categories such as how safe the hospital is, how long patients wait in the ER for care, how long patients stay in the hospital, and overall patient experience, among others.

15 Top Health Systems

The 15 Top Health Systems are the top-performing health systems in the country, based on the data and patient ratings. This year, IBM Watson Health evaluated 324 health systems and 2,522 hospitals that are members of health systems. From that evaluation, they chose the top 15.

The 15 Top Health Systems:

  • Had fewer people die in the hospital and had fewer patient health complications
  • Had fewer people contract infections while they were hospitalized
  • Had fewer people readmitted to the hospital in the 30 days after they were discharged
  • Sent patients home sooner
  • Provided faster emergency care
  • Scored higher on patient ratings of their overall hospital experience

100 Top Hospitals

IBM Watson Health identified the 100 Top Hospitals across the country following a rigorous evaluation of 2,675 short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals. Compared to similar hospitals, the hospitals on the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list had better results on key clinical and operational performance indicators.

The 100 Top Hospitals:

  • Had fewer patient complications
  • Had fewer patients contract infections in the hospital
  • Had lower 30-day mortality rates and 30-day hospital-wide readmission rates
  • Sent patients home sooner
  • Received higher ratings from patients

The 100 Top Hospitals study has been conducted annually since 1993. This year, Edward and Elmhurst Hospitals are two of only three Illinois hospitals to make the list. Edward Hospital was previously recognized as a 100 Top Hospital in 2011, 2016 2018 and 2020. This is the second time Elmhurst Hospital has been honored (2020).

Edward-Elmhurst Health has been working hard to provide the best care and the safest, most seamless, personalized experience for our patients. We’re proud to say our hard work has been recognized and is paying off — for you.

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