Accenture Helps Trinity Health Reduce Mortality Rates, Save Lives and Cut
NEW ORLEANS -- March 5, 2013
The Unified Clinical Organization (UCO),an innovative care improvement model
fromTrinity Health, is improving care coordination, patient outcomes and
advancing standardization of care practices withsupport fromAccenture
(ACN).As a result, for one example, a new care model for sepsis patients has
helped Trinity Health save $17 millionin annual costs related to sepsis care
and reduced patient mortality from sepsis by almost 20 percent, according to
information Accenture released today at HIMMS Annual Conference & Exhibition
(HIMSS). These and other achievements of the UCO are helping Trinity Health
reduce healthcare costs while increasing care quality and making it possible
to expand access to more people.
“We consider (the creation of our Unified Clinical Organization) a real
breakthrough in our ability to deliver consistent, top quality care to every
patient, every time, in every Trinity Health location,” said Paul Conlon,
Senior Vice President of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety. “We are proud of
the innovation and accountability of our clinician-led teams and their ability
to apply industrial strength analytic and change management tools to advance
our core mission – to improve the health of our communities and to steward the
resources entrusted to us.”
Trinity Health worked with Accenture to identify system-wide opportunities for
improving clinical and disease management outcomes across their 49 hospitals
and involving over 10,000 clinicians. As part of a three-year initiative,
Trinity Health established the UCO, a unique operating model to establish
highly effective, reliable clinical practices, includingmedication
reconciliation, patient safety protocols and standard care models for specific
acute care scenarios, such as sepsis and heart failure.
Since its introduction, the model has produced significant improvements in
patient safety and operational efficiencies enabled by technology
enhancements. Working collaboratively across the enterprise, the Trinity
Health clinician team efforts have resulted in many quality and safety
improvements, including, but not limited to:
*Streamlined processes for medication reconciliation resulted in a 20
percent improvement in composite medication reconciliation and a 62
percent improvement in medication reconciliation completion for admitted
patients. There was also a five percent reduction in adverse drug events.
*An 18 percent reduction in mortality rates withover 400 lives saved due
to proactive management of care for patients with sepsis using
evidence-based clinical protocols.
*Reduced likelihood of inpatient falls by enhanced documentation of patient
fall risk, 'real time' assessments and by implementing targeted
interventions to prevent falls.
About Trinity Health
Trinity Health is the 10th largest health system in the nation and the fourth
largest Catholic health care system in the country, by total number of
hospitals and total bed count, respectively. Based in Novi, Mich., Trinity
Health operates 47 acute-care hospitals, 432 outpatient facilities, 32
long-term care facilities, and numerous home health offices and hospice
programs in 10 states. Trinity Health reports about $9.0 billion in
unrestricted revenue. As a not-for-profit health system, Trinity Health
reinvests its profits back into the community through programs to serve those
who are poor and uninsured, manage chronic conditions like diabetes, health
education and promotion initiatives, and outreach for the elderly. In fiscal
2012, this included more than $616 million in such community benefits.
Learn more about Accenture’sInsight Driven Health.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and
outsourcing company, with 259,000 people serving clients in more than 120
countries.Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities
across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the
world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help
them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated
net revenues of US$27.9billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2012. Its
home page iswww.accenture.com.
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