Ranking measures ability to provide information, tools for patients to engage in their care
Milwaukee – Nine Aurora Health Care Medical Centers are ranked among the top 100 hospitals listed as part of the inaugural Axial Exchange and Becker's Hospital Review "National Patient Engagement Ranking."
The report evaluated 3,077 provider organizations across the country and their patient engagement efforts. Health care providers were evaluated using publicly available information, including patient readmissions, patient satisfaction, and the extent to which an organization helps patients take an informed, active role with decision making in the type of care they receive.
Aurora Health Care Medical Centers ranked in the report include:
According to a report issued earlier this year by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, people who are actively involved in their health care are the most likely to stay healthy, manage their conditions, and, potentially, have lower health care costs. The report also indicated that patients without the skills and confidence to manage their own health care incur costs of up to 21 percent higher than patients who are highly engaged in their care.
Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin's most comprehensive health care provider and the state's largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, 159 clinics, 70 pharmacies and 30,000 amazing Caregivers. As evidenced by more than 400 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow.
Axial Exchange is revolutionizing the way that patients manage their health. With Axial, hospitals are able to keep their patients continuously engaged, resulting in dramatically improved health outcomes and much more satisfied patients. Axial drives engagement by giving patients the information and interactive tools patients need in order to get well – all delivered securely to the device of the patient's choice. Patients can share their health information with providers and caregivers. Health systems benefit via lower readmissions and improved patient satisfaction scores. For more information, visit: www.axialexchange.com.
Becker's Hospital Review is a monthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Content is geared toward high-level hospital leaders, and we work to provide valuable content, including hospital and health system news, best practices and legal guidance specifically for these decision-makers. Each issue of Becker's Hospital Review reaches more than 18,000 people, primarily acute-care hospital CEOs, CFOs and CIOs.
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