LJAF Awards $5.5 Million for Best-Practices Health Network

LJAF Awards $5.5 Million for Best-Practices Health Network

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation has announced a grant of nearly $5.5 million to the High Value Healthcare Collaborative in support of its efforts to improve patient care and reduce costs.

The grant will enable HVHC, a consortium of seventeen healthcare delivery systems, to develop a learning network for disseminating best practices across its member health systems, which serve 20 percent of the U.S. population and include the Department of Defense Military Health System. To that end, HVHC aims to design strategies to accelerate the spread of best practice care models identified through data sharing and collaboration among members and provide clinicians with access to information and the resources needed to administer evidence-based treatment strategies that proved effective in other hospitals. In addition, the grant will enable HVHC to develop training programs and provide technical assistance for integrating evidence-based evaluation and care methods into hospital operations.

Each health system will contribute detailed data about outcomes, costs, and treatment that will allow the collaborative to perform an in-depth study of the challenges clinical teams face. The resulting data pool will enable HVHC to pinpoint successful policies and practices that can be replicated across a diverse healthcare delivery system collaborative.

"In order to improve patient outcomes and lower costs, doctors and hospitals need better access to relevant information and a support system that will allow them to implement innovative practices," said LJAF vice president of venture development Kelli Rhee. “By determining 'what works' and promoting collaboration and knowledge sharing, HVHC will create a scalable model that can be used to rapidly increase value in the healthcare system."