November 2015 | Volume 4, Issue 6

      Clinical Matters  Improving Performance Amid the Deluge of Data (and Change)

  What's New Integrated Improvement Bundles Now Available 


  Tip & Tricks Trial License Agreements for Micromedex® Solutions

  Product Updates Now Here! Significant Expansion of Ambulatory CareNotes® Offering


  In the Spotlight Cardiovascular Hospitals Seize Opportunities and Deliver Value
  Clinical Content Updates Selected New Drug Approvals, New FDA-approved Indications, New Off-label Indications and More
  Events List of Upcoming Trade Shows, Events and Webinars

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Clinical Matters

Improving Performance Amid the Deluge of Data (and Change)

Measurement is the name of the game in improving healthcare operations these days, but what to measure, how to measure, and just getting started are real challenges for many organizations.

In the current issue of Modern Healthcare, Kathy VanEnkevort of Truven Health Analytics™, offers her thoughts on these challenges and answers some of the industry's most pressing questions, such as:

  • What does "balanced performance" mean and why should hospitals seek it?
  • Why is balanced performance important in today's healthcare environment?
  • How can organizations prioritize the right initiatives that will drive balanced performance improvement?
  • How often should you benchmark?

Read more.

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What's New

Integrated Improvement Bundles Now Available

Truven Health Analytics is now offering several new solution bundles with special combined pricing:

  • Operational Performance bundle – Addresses financial challenges due to reform and a competitive market landscape
  • Complete Performance Optimization bundle – Delivers the Clinical and Operational Performance bundles in one. Great for health systems ready to tackle integrated performance all at once
  • Core and eMeasures Reporting bundle – Help hospitals and health systems better manage their regulatory reporting requirements

Ask your Truven Health Analytics representative today to find out how you can bundle and save.

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Tips & Tricks

Trial License Agreements for Micromedex® Solutions

Want to leverage the full power of Micromedex Solutions in your facility? Trial licenses are now available for our Basic, Plus, and Complete Clinical Evidence Bundles, as well as for individual modules within the Micromedex Clinical Knowledge and Patient Connect Suites.

Get free, 30-day access to the industry standard for evidence-based disease, drug, toxicology, and neonatal and pediatric information, as well as modules for alternative medicine, formulary, patient and consumer education resources, and more.

Visit today.

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Product Updates

Now Here! Significant Expansion of Ambulatory CareNotes® Offering

The Right Education for Every Patient at the Right Time

Our new enhancements to Micromedex CareNotes are now available:

  • More ambulatory topics to educate and engage a broader patient population
  • A new ambulatory care document type designed to address the specific education needs of those patients in an ambulatory care setting
  • Easier, time-saving searches for the right ambulatory-specific education at the right time
  • Monthly updates to ensure your patients are receiving the most current education and health information available

Visit for updates anytime, anywhere.

In the Spotlight

Cardiovascular Hospitals Seize Opportunities and Deliver Value

Congratulations to the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, an annual study that identifies the nation's best providers of cardiovascular services. The study identifies the top U.S. hospitals with the highest-performing cardiovascular service lines in the nation. See who made the list!

According to the results of this year's study, if all cardiovascular providers performed at the level of this year's winners:

  • Almost 8,000 additional lives could be saved
  • Nearly 3,500 heart patients could be complication free
  • More than $1.3 billion could be saved

Winners from the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals also boast higher inpatient survival rates (20 to 33 percent higher), lower readmission rates (one percent lower than peers for heart attacks and heart failure, and fewer complications (8 to 11 percent fewer patients with complications). 

The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study is available now. Hospitals may also request customized benchmark reports and comparative analysis on the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals. Call 616-248-4645 today, or order your report online.

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Clinical Content Updates

Click here for selected new drug approvals, new FDA-approved indications, new off-label indications and more.

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Check out where we'll be in December.

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Trusted Evidence Mobile Support Resource Center

Get the Facts: Medicare Spend per Beneficiary

Medicare spend per beneficiary (MSPB) information is a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services metric that reflects the average cost of an episode of care for Medicare patients. This measure is important to consider as part of a hospital’s national balanced scorecard, as it reflects executives’ efforts to transform the healthcare delivery system and manage the full continuum of care, including the prominent shift from inpatient to outpatient utilization. Review the data here.

Get the Facts: Inpatient Safety and Adverse Events

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Patient Safety Indicators (PSI) are a set of metrics that provide information on the potential for inpatient hospital complications and adverse events following surgeries, procedures, and childbirth. PSIs can be used to help hospitals identify potential adverse events that might need further evaluation, provide the opportunity to assess the incidence of adverse events and complications, and understand patient safety events on a broader level. In the United States in 2013, adverse outcomes were attributable to 2,176,763 additional days of stay, $8,011,500,131 in additional total hospital costs of care, and 14,315 potentially avoidable inpatient deaths. Review the data here.


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