According to Hospitals & Health Networks’ 2014 Most Wired Survey, 33 percent of hospitals also use analytics and tools to integrate clinical and claims data to make them accessible and reportable across the care community. However, among hospitals that achieved certain benchmarks across survey categories and were named Most Wired, 63 percent use analytics and tools to identify patients and 43 percent use integrated claims data.

Less than half of the hospitals in both groups use population health analytics and tools to track quality of care across networks and physicians compared with evidence-based medical standards. And only 25 percent of all hospitals and 32 percent of Most Wired hospitals synchronize clinical and financial risk measures for clinical, operational and compliance standards. Ultimately, hospitals and systems that aim to produce measurable gains in population health will need to invest in these analytics and tools, as well as in care teams.

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Coming next month: Behavioral Health

In our November/December issue, Trustee will look at behavioral health data from AHA's 2013 Annual Survey of Hospitals.