Clinical Metrics

Hospital ER wait times
How Hospital ERs are Slashing Wait Times

At New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (NYPWC), ER wait times were up to two and a half hours for low-acuity patients. Longer wait times in hospital ERs contribute to overcrowding and delays in medication administration for patients with mid-level injuries and illnesses like broken bones and infections. Patient mortality rate…

hospital outpatient procedures
Deciphering the Root Causes of Surgical Price Variation

A recent Los Angeles Times story highlighted the relatively rare approach taken by Santa Barbara County: sending employees on long-distance, paid trips to undergo surgeries at high-performing but comparatively inexpensive hospitals. In one cited case, a patient requiring knee replacement surgery traveled 250 miles to a San Diego hospital to…

maternal mortality
U.S. Maternal Mortality Rate Highest Among Developed Countries

On Monday, July 31, Definitive Healthcare’s news database reported a statewide probe into the recent rise in maternal mortality rates following the deaths of two women at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, Mass. Three weeks prior to this announcement, MetroWest released two statements. The first statement was in regard to…

hospital outpatient procedures
The Secret of Success for Independent and Thriving Hospitals?

Consolidation remains a major trend in the healthcare industry, especially among hospitals. In 2016, there were 102 announced partnership and transaction deals, compared to 66 in 2010, according to a Kaufman, Hall & Associates analysis. In the current climate of declining reimbursements and greater emphasis on value-based care, many hospital…