Cooper University Health Care is participating in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Perinatal Improvement Collaborative, a large-scale, data-driven collaborative of more than 200 leading hospitals caring for diverse populations in all 50 states. The collaborative is overseen by the HHS Office on Women’s Health (OWH), using real-time data, analytics and performance improvement methodologies from Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) to drive quality care and better outcomes.
“As a regional perinatal center and leading academic health system, Cooper University Health Care is privileged to take part in this important national collaborative,” said Robin L. Perry, MD, MSEd, FACOG, Chair and Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cooper and Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. “Cooper has always been committed to providing safe, quality care to the patients we serve and this study aligns with our efforts to identify and reduce the risks that often lead to maternal and infant deaths.”
The HHS Perinatal Improvement Collaborative will test interventions and protocols to reduce preventable deaths and complications among mothers and their babies. Using Premier’s comprehensive and timely PINC AI™ Healthcare Database (PHD), a standardized data collection system, the program will be able to quickly generate solutions for safer obstetric and neonatal care that can be implemented nationwide.
At its core, the initiative strives to address troubling disparities in birth outcomes and examine how care might be reliably tailored to mothers with different needs, through:
- Reliable and timely data: Up-to-date standardized data used by the collaborative will integrate administrative, quality and safety, cost and utilization, electronic health record (EHR), and social determinants data across settings, including linking mothers’ and infants’ records. This integrated data will help paint a complete picture of the patient and circumstances surrounding clinical care to improve measurement and comparisons across geographies and populations.
- Broader lens: The collaborative will investigate the outcomes of mothers and babies individually, as well as the dyad, to understand how outcomes between the two are directly linked. Linking the inpatient data of newborns to their mothers will provide an opportunity to identify whether the direct causes of maternal morbidity and mortality increase a newborn’s risk of lifelong morbidity and mortality. It will also identify existing health risks in women, or those risks resulting from pregnancy, to prevent negative health impacts for both women and their babies. This comprehensive approach will help to improve data quality and enhance evaluation and research of pregnancy on overall population health.
- Identify disparities: This collaborative aims to identifying social determinants of health and uncover strategies to reduce racial, ethnic, and geographic disparities in care for mothers and babies most susceptible to poor health outcomes.
“Maternal health is an important indicator for infant health,” said Dorothy Fink, MD, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Health and Director, Office on Women’s Health. “If we can standardize quality care for women during pregnancy and after giving birth, we can change the current trajectory of maternal and infant death. When mothers have better health, we create better opportunities for infants and the larger community to have better health. I’m excited this collaboration will help us fulfill the HHS Maternal Health Action Plan and vision that our nation is the safest for women to give birth. At HHS, we are committed to making this happen.”
“Premier is passionate about using data that informs clinical best practices to help improve care for mothers and babies,” said Michael J. Alkire, President and CEO of Premier. “We are honored to partner with Cooper University Health Care to continue providing the gold standard for healthcare data, unmatched measurement and analytics capabilities, and proven track record of working together to help make America the safest place in the world to give birth.”
The effort will be guided by an external advisory panel comprising more than 20 expert clinicians and thought leaders, and patient partners from MoMMA’s Voices, a coalition of advocacy organizations focused on leading causes of maternal mortality and morbidity.
About Cooper University Health Care
Cooper University Health Care is a leading academic health system with more 8,500 employees and more than 800 employed physicians. Cooper University Hospital is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in South Jersey and the busiest in the region. Annually, nearly two million patients are served at Cooper’s 635-bed flagship hospital, outpatient surgery center, three urgent care centers, and more than 105 ambulatory offices throughout the community. Cooper has been named as one of America’s Best Employers by Forbes and was recognized as one of the top-10 hospitals in New Jersey and as a top-performing hospital nationally in numerous specialty services by U.S. News & World Report’s 2021-2022 Best Hospitals annual survey. Additionally, Cooper has earned the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM for three consecutive years, placing Cooper among the top 5% of all short-term acute care hospitals.
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