February 1, 2012
For the fifth consecutive year, Catholic Health, Buffalo, NY, has been named to the nation’s list of most integrated healthcare networks, the “2012 IMS IHN (Integrated Health Network) 100,” (Formerly the SDI IHN 100).
Catholic Health ranked 42nd in the 2012 survey, with Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA (2nd overall) and North Shore-LIJ Health System in great Neck, NY (31st overall) as the only higher ranked healthcare networks in the Northeast.
The ranking recognizes the 100 most integrated networks nationwide, graded annually on operations, quality, scope of services and efficiency. The survey was conducted by SDI Health LLC, a nationally recognized healthcare data and consulting firm based in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. In October 2011, SDI was acquired by IMS Healthcare, a leading provider of information, services and technology for the healthcare industry around the world.
“Our continued strong performance in this survey underscores the progress we have made in leading the transformation of healthcare in our region,” said Joseph D. McDonald, president and CEO of Catholic Health. “Better integration is the hallmark of a high performing healthcare system.”
Catholic Health first made the Top 100 list in 2008 and achieved its highest ranking in 2011 when it reached 30th in the nation. No other healthcare system in Western New York ranks in the top 50.
The IMS IHN 100 survey program invites hundreds of health systems from across the nation to submit survey case presentations in eight critical areas including: integration, outpatient utilization, integrated technology, financial stability, services and access, contract capabilities, and physicians. Health systems are graded on performance levels in each category, which are weighted in value, resulting in an overall score and placement in the ranking.
Participation in the SDI 100 survey is voluntary and no fees are charged to participating organizations. The full report on the 2012 IMS IHN Top 100 is published in the January 23 edition of Modern Healthcare.