What it means to be one of the Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals

The Watson Health 100 Hospitals study, formerly the Truven Health Analytics® study, identifies 100 top-performing  hospitals based on publicly available data and a balanced look at clinical, operational and financial metrics.

Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals leaders demonstrate that quality care and operational efficiency can be achieved simultaneously, thereby delivering greater value to their communities. As the the industry has evolved, so has our study — and 25 years later, it still serves as a benchmark of what’s achievable in healthcare.

Hospitals do not apply or pay to participate in the studies, nor do winners pay to promote their award

How is the study conducted?

The study creates a national balanced scorecard that evaluates hospitals on measures of clinical quality, operational efficiency, financial stability and patient satisfaction. It compares hospitals against similar facilities in terms of size and teaching status.

Starting with data from approximately 5,500 US hospitals, we identify more than 2,700 hospitals that meet our inclusion criteria. The award-winning hospitals demonstrate top performance on patients care, through clinical measures, and how efficiently the hospital performs, through operational measures.

100 Top Hospitals Everest Award

A select few of our 100 Top Hospitals winners each year also earn the Everest Award. This award honors hospitals that have achieved both the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement over five years.

Achievements of this year’s winners

According to this year’s study results, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care offered at our winning facilities:

103,000 additional lives would be saved in-hospital

38,000 additional patients would be complication-free

$8.2 billion in inpatient costs would be saved

Typical patient would be released from hospital half a day sooner

155,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days

100 Top Hospitals Study Winners’ Exclusives

Did your organization recently receive an award from the 100 Top Hospitals program? We offer award-winning organizations exclusive access to a variety of resources at no charge. Your login information was provided with award notification material.

Watson Health offers custom benchmark reports based on our 100 Top Hospitals program studies, which can provide in-depth analyses of your organization's performance.

These reports are designed to help your organization understand where you may achieve improved performance across quality, safety, efficiency and patient perception of care.

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