List of Top Integrated Healthcare Networks Includes Texas Health Resources 02/09/2012
ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources has earned a spot on the 2012 IMS Top 100 Integrated Healthcare Networks (IHN) list. Texas Health placed No. 50. The list recognizes health systems that excel in coordinating the range of health care services provided, from outpatient facilities to hospitals and rehabilitation centers, in a way that results in improved patient care, higher patient satisfaction and lower costs.
The survey was conducted by IMS Health, a leading provider of information, services and technology for the health care sector. IMS evaluated nearly 600 IHNs and ranked them according to the ability to operate as a unified health organization.
“We welcome this prestigious recognition of Texas Health’s journey to better serve our patients as an integrated provider and coordinator of care,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, CEO of Texas Health Resources. “Our patients ultimately benefit as our hospitals, physicians and health facilities increasingly work together, sharing best practices, resources and information to improve outcomes and accountability.”
In 2006, Texas Health embarked on a 10-year strategic plan designed to transform the organization from a hospital-based system to a health care delivery system that will set the standard for health care providers across the U.S. An important facet of the plan, known as “Climbing Transformation Mountain,” is integration and coordination of care provided through all facilities affiliated with Texas Health across the 16-county area it serves in North Texas.
Areas of integration that helped contribute to Texas Health’s high ranking among integrated healthcare networks include:
Increased alignment of physicians with Texas Health. In 2011, Texas Health Physicians Group significantly expanded with the acquisition of MedicalEdge Healthcare Group, one of the largest independent physician practice groups in North Texas. More than 230 primary care offices affiliated with Texas Health Physicians Group offer greater patient access to the health care system. Additionally, physicians are increasingly moving into clinical and administrative leadership positions throughout Texas Health.
Expanded ambulatory care capability. Outside traditional acute-care hospitals, Texas Health provides ambulatory care through outpatient centers such as those in Burleson and Craig Ranch in Allen. Texas Health patients also can fulfill their X-ray, CT scan or MRI needs at five Envision imaging centers throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Secure connection through the electronic health record (EHR). In the past year Texas Health completed the multiyear process to link all 13 system wholly owned hospitals through the system EHR, enabling the hospitals to securely share patient health information. The federal and state governments have recognized Texas Health for its effective work to achieve “meaningful use” of the EHR.
Collaborative partnerships with regional health providers. In 2011 Texas Health signed agreements with UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas-based Methodist Health System and other key organizations to explore opportunities to improve health care services for North Texans. Additionally, Texas Health, in collaboration with North Texas Specialty Physicians, is one of 32 providers to participate in the federal Pioneer accountable care pilot project that allows health care organizations to provide more coordinated care to beneficiaries at a lower cost to Medicare.
“By better coordination of care, we can meet North Texans’ health needs more effectively,” said Hawthorne. “Collaboration and integration across the entire continuum of care will be key to improving quality and outcomes.”
The IMS Top 100 Integrated Healthcare Networks list was published in the Jan. 23 issue of Modern Healthcare and appears on IMS’ website.