Identifying the Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital

The Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study, formerly the Truven Health Analytics® study, focuses on leadership impact as it identifies the nation's 50 top performers in cardiovascular care based on publicly available data and a balanced scorecard comprising clinical, operational and financial metrics.

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

How is the study conducted?

This study is based on public data, transparent analytics and metrics that support a balanced scorecard. The goal of the program is to deliver unbiased, guiding insights that can help all cardiovascular providers focus their improvement initiatives and move toward consistent, sustainable top performance. The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study is the only clinical service line study in the 100 Top Hospitals program.

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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 organizations:

Inpatient survival

21 to 47% higher

Patients with complications

18 to 20% fewer

30-day survival rates for AMI, heart failure, and bypass patients

0.3 to 0.9 percentage points higher

Readmission rates for AMI, heart failure and bypass patients

0.6 to 0.9 percentage points lower

Average lengths of stay for bypass patients

One day shorter than nonwinners

Average lengths of stay for AMI, HF and PCI patients

0.3 to 0.5 days shorter

Total costs per patient case

$1,333 to $5,745 less

Trends in cardiovascular care over the five-year period (2012 – 2016)

44.7 and 27.3%, respectively

Readmission rates for AMI and HF patients improved 


AMI 30-day mortality improved

80 to 88.7%

Cost of delivering care to AMI, HF, bypass and PCI patients stable

50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals Winners’ Exclusives

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


Watson Health offers custom benchmark reports based on our 50 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. Order your report now.

Watch for our upcoming 2019 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals, 100 Top Hospitals and 15 Top Health Systems studies

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