MB: In today's value-based payment environment, it's more important than ever to identify gaps in care and be able to implement and accelerate change quickly. That's the beauty of collaboration across healthcare providers, and not just with providers in the same system but with peers that are experiencing the same challenges.
For example, Premier gathered a group of 350 hospitals to form QUEST, a Premier collaborative launched in 2008 aimed at improving quality, safety and costs to achieve highly-reliable care. At the start of the collaborative, members transparently shared clinical outcomes data on
critical quality, safety and cost measures. In doing so, they identified opportunity areas and pinpointed exactly who the outlying top performers were. This started a discussion around areas the collaborative needed to prioritize, placing sepsis at the top of the list for patient mortality drivers. To tackle the problem, QUEST members set up specific initiatives around sepsis, starting with implementing practices that top performing organizations already had in place. As a result of these interventions, member absolute sepsis mortality rates were reduced overall by 18 percent by the end of 2016.
These improvements represent the power of hospitals coming together to measure and compare their performance, and use data and proven best practices to solve significant problems. It's about building bridges of knowledge across the healthcare industry.